Scan­dal no turn-on in elec­tions

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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).

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