Low ballot return for SA council elections
LOCAL Government Minister Stephan Knoll will not make council election reform a priority, despite another low turnout among voters.
Even though more people returned their votes than in 2014, just over 31 per cent of those eligible had cast their vote as of 4pm yesterday – ahead of today’s mayoral counts.
It’s just shy of the 31.99 per cent who turned out to vote in 2014, which prompted the then state government to say it would aim to get the number up to 50 per cent.
Just 28.89 per cent of voters have returned their ballots for the Adelaide City Council, while despite its much publicised troubles, only 25.39 per cent voted for the new Onkaparinga Council.
Mr Knoll said he was encouraged by the “relatively high turnout”.
“While we work through the local government reform process in the wash-up of the local government elections, our priority reform will be implementing a cap on council rates to ease cost of living pressures,” he said. The LGA said 30 per cent return was par.