Race is on for Di­vi­sion 2

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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