Race is on for Division 2
OUT of a possible seven candidates for Whitsunday Regional Council’s Division 2, only four had nominated by the time the ballot positions were drawn last Friday.
Former deputy mayor Rogin Taylor secured the top spot on the ballot papers, followed by former councillor Jack Lumby, boat ramp advocate John Atkinson and former mayor of the Whitsunday Shire Council, Mario Demartini, who came in “lucky last”.
The draw was presided over by Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) elections officer Zonka Petrusevska and returning officer Leanne Lloyd, who will now oversee pre-poll and postal voting and the counting of votes on and after the by-election day of Saturday, May 3.
Postal voting is now open and pre-poll voting starts on Tuesday, April 22. For the first week, hours are expected to be part-time, due to the Eater and Anzac Day public holidays.
Division 2 polling booths will be located at Cannonvale’s Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, the Proserpine court house, the old Mt Julian store, and the Penhallurick residence on Penhallurick Drive, Conway Beach. On May 3, polling booths will be open from 8am-6pm.
The Division 2 area includes Cannonvale, Conway, Preston, Glen Isla and Breadalbane and parts of Woodwark, Riordanvale, Cannon Valley, Brandy Creek, Mt Marlow and Mt Julian.
More information is available on the ECQ website www.ecq.qld.gov.au.
NOMINATED: Division 2 candidates Jack Lumby, John Atkinson, Linda Taylor (on behalf of Rogin Taylor) and Mario Demartini, with ECQ principal elections officer Zonka Petrusevska, after the ballot positions were drawn on Friday.