By-elec­tion an­nounced for Di­vi­sion 2

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS – WHITSUNDAY REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAOS -

THERE will be a by-elec­tion for Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s Di­vi­sion 2 on Satur­day, May 3.

That is four weeks from this Satur­day.

The by-elec­tion has been called to re­place for­mer Di­vi­sion 2 coun­cil­lor Kevin Collins who re­signed last month cit­ing “in­tegrity is­sues”.

Voting is com­pul­sory for those people en­rolled in Di­vi­sion 2 which in­cludes Cannonvale and the sur­round­ing area.

The elec­toral rolls will close at 5pm to­mor­row, Fri­day April 4.

Any­one wish­ing to nom­i­nate to be a can­di­date must lodge their nom­i­na­tion forms by noon next Thurs­day, April 10. Four people have al­ready an­nounced their in­ten­tion to nom­i­nate.

They are for­mer mayor of the Whit­sun­day Shire Coun­cil Mario Demar­tini, for­mer Deputy Mayor of Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Ro­gin Tay­lor, for­mer Di­vi­sion 2 can­di­date Andrew Fin­lay and Pre­ston res­i­dent John Atkin­son.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli has urged res­i­dents to think very care­fully about who they voted in.

“Don’t elect an­other ac­tor in the soap opera Days of Our Lives,” he said.

Pre-poll voting will open on Mon­day, April 21 and close at 6pm on Fri­day, May 2.

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