Scandal no turn-on in elections
VOTERS in Adelaide’s most controversial council have not been stung into action by the series of scandals that have enveloped Onkaparinga.
Revelations about lavish spending by council staff have included overnight accommodation in city hotels after functions, and an Apple Watch and $6800 ratepayer-funded joining fee at prestigious Kooyonga Golf Club for CEO Mark Dowd, pictured.
But this has not triggered an avalanche of voter turnout in council elections, ballots for which closed yesterday.
Advertiser data editor Cathryn McLauchlan has calculated that ballot returns from Onkaparinga (25.4 per cent) are the fourth-lowest of Adelaide’s councils.
Walkerville (24.8 per cent) takes the wooden spoon, with Marion second-last (24.9 per cent) and Playford third last (25.0 per cent). Voter turnout has been best in Holdfast Bay (33.2 per cent), followed by Mitcham (31.6 per cent), Prospect (31.3 per cent), and Unley (30.1 per cent).