CHANGE AHEAD: First preference votes are changing the order of things at the local government elections.
CHANGE AHEAD: First preference votes are changing the order of things at the local government elections.

ELECTION UPDATE: Top 8 to be declared

UPDATE 2.30PM: WITH only 105 votes remaining and little change predicted, the Queensland Electoral Commission is expected to finally declare the eight new councillors this evening. 

As it sits, the successful candidates will be:

  1. Ross Bartley, 9555 votes
  2. Cameron Gow, 8329 votes
  3. Jo McNally, 8368 votes
  4. Andrew Gale, 8105 votes
  5. Sheryl Windle, 8055 votes
  6. Marco Gliori, 7794 votes
  7. Cynthia McDonald, 7612 votes
  8. Stephen Tancred, 7419

The eight councillors, once declared, will join mayor-elect Vic Pennisi to create a new agenda for the Southern Downs Regional Council.

Mr Pennisi said he confident he will be able to form a constructive council with the frontrunners.

"It looks like it's going to be a very good council, we have got some really quality people that are going to sit around that table," he said.
 

UPDATE 2PM: A LARGE percentage of postal votes have delayed the results of the local government elections.

Postal cut-offs were extended until Tuesday to account for coronavirus delays.

The official first preference count for council candidates is 84.61 per cent complete, with Ross Bartley continuing to lead the charge with 5.88 per cent of the vote.

He is followed by incumbent councillors Cameron Gow (5.19 per cent) and Jo McNally (5.15 per cent).

Former police officer Andrew Gale comes in at fourth position with 5 per cent, with Sheryl Windle (4.96 per cent) and Marco Gliori (4.79 per cent) not far behind.

The top 8 is rounded off by Cynthia McDonald (4.69 per cent) and Stephen Tancred (4.57 per cent).

FULL LIST

CARRICK, Marion
4632 2.89%
TANCRED, Stephen
7340 4.58%
GRANT, Greg
5101 3.18%
CABEZAS, Paola
4445 2.77%
MCDONALD, Cynthia
7517 4.69%
MCNALLY, Jo
8254 5.15%
JENSEN, Michael Damian
6761 4.22%
LAWS, Sue
4901 3.06%
HARROLD, Amanda Joy
6312 3.94%
GREENE-GALLOWAY, Jenn
3649 2.28%
GLIORI, Marco
7693 4.80%
ETTERY, Robert
3678 2.29%
MARSDEN, Barbara
4028 2.51%
WANTLING, Russell
7094 4.42%
GOW, Cameron
8332 5.20%
KEOGH, Julia
6360 3.97%
JOHNSON, Gregory Glenn
2550 1.59%
STOCKS, Yve
6411 4.00%
KELLY, Rod
7048 4.39%
BARTLEY, Ross
9455 5.90%
MCNICHOL, Marika
5805 3.62%
HUNTER, Max
5311 3.31%
CHRISTENSEN, Scott
4567 2.85%
GALE, Andrew
8021 5.00%
REES, Glyn
7166 4.47%
WINDLE, Sheryl
7947 4.96%

UPDATE 1.30PM Monday, April 6: FIRM favourite Ross Bartley regained his lead in the race to the Southern Downs council chambers as the official first preferential count passed 78 per cent this afternoon.

The outspoken advocate for rural residents looks set to take the position of deputy mayor with 5.84 per cent of the count.

Mr Bartley, who formally sat on council, made a lasting impression on rural residents after he aided in successfully lobbying the state government to overturn strict irrigation restrictions last year

Three incumbent councillors could return to their seats, with Cameron Gow at second position with 5.18 per cent, closely followed by former deputy mayor Jo McNally with 5.16 per cent and Sheryl Windle with 4.95 per cent.

Council newcomers and Warwick residents Andrew Gale (5.01 per cent), Marco Gliori (4.78 per cent) and Cynthia McDonald (4.71 per cent) take fourth, sixth and seventh positions, respectively.

The final position, thus far, goes to Stanthorpe man Stephen Tancred (4.59 per cent), edging out both Glyn Rees (4.43 per cent) and Russell Wantling (4.41 per cent) by a small margin.

FULL LIST

CARRICK, Marion
4332 2.88%
TANCRED, Stephen
6907 4.59%
GRANT, Greg
4867 3.23%
CABEZAS, Paola
4168 2.77%
MCDONALD, Cynthia
7094 4.71%
MCNALLY, Jo
7764 5.16%
JENSEN, Michael Damian
6341 4.21%
LAWS, Sue
4627 3.07%
HARROLD, Amanda Joy
5931 3.94%
GREENE-GALLOWAY, Jenn
3445 2.29%
GLIORI, Marco
7190 4.78%
ETTERY, Robert
3427 2.28%
MARSDEN, Barbara
3823 2.54%
WANTLING, Russell
6633 4.41%
GOW, Cameron
7794 5.18%
KEOGH, Julia
6020 4.00%
JOHNSON, Gregory Glenn
2422 1.61%
STOCKS, Yve
5977 3.97%
KELLY, Rod
6588 4.38%
BARTLEY, Ross
8795 5.84%
MCNICHOL, Marika
5446 3.62%
HUNTER, Max
5008 3.33%
CHRISTENSEN, Scott
4286 2.85%
GALE, Andrew
7550 5.01%
REES, Glyn
6662 4.43%
WINDLE, Sheryl
7455 4.95%

 

EARLIER: THE official first preference count is underway on the Southern Downs, pushing the Granite Belt candidates ahead at local government polls.

With 44 per cent of the preferential voting accounted for, former agronomist Stephen Tancred leads the pack with 6.07 per cent of the vote.

Mr Tancred, who resides at Mt Marley, promised the constituency he would strive for change, indicating he would advocate for greater transparency and consultation should he become elected.

Michael Jensen comes in second position with 5.94 per cent of the preferential count.

The motel owner from Stanthorpe told the Daily News his experience in financial management would serve the community well in council chambers.

Former rural firefighter Cameron Gow continues his strong performance in the polls, dropping just slightly to third position with 5.59 per cent of the vote.

The incumbent councillor from Stanthorpe voted against a number of controversial council decisions over the previous term, including the application to transport bore water from Cherrabah Resort to the Gold Coast during the height of drought.

The founder of Granite Belt Water Relief, Russell Wantling, surges ahead to fourth position with 5.42 per cent.

Mr Wantling said his experience helping upwards of 400 rural families each week showed him how important it was for local government to listen and act on the needs of its constituency.

Amanda Harrold, a former member of the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce, appears in the top eight for the first time, boasting 5.4 per cent.

The Thulimbah woman ran on a campaign of "working for you" and pledged to mobilise community spirit during the coronavirus crisis.

Ross Bartley (5.24 per cent), Andrew Gale (4.99 per cent) and Jo McNally (4.55 per cent) round out the top eight.

The preliminary counts, reported previously here, are counted again as part of this official first preference count.

Postal votes, declaration scrutiny and extraction of ballot papers from envelopes will continue until Tuesday, and these votes will be admitted to the count.

 

FULL LIST

CARRICK, Marion

2644, 3.37%

TANCRED, Stephen

4760, 6.07%

GRANT, Greg

2809, 3.58%

CABEZAS, Paola

2766, 3.53%

MCDONALD, Cynthia

3495, 4.46%

MCNALLY, Jo

3569, 4.55%

JENSEN, Michael Damian

4657, 5.94%

LAWS, Sue

2213, 2.82%

HARROLD, Amanda Joy

4155, 5.30%

GREENE-GALLOWAY, Jenn

1607, 2.05%

GLIORI, Marco

2480, 3.16%

ETTERY, Robert

1472, 1.88%

MARSDEN, Barbara

2349, 3.00%

WANTLING, Russell

4247, 5.42%

GOW, Cameron

4387, 5.59%

KEOGH, Julia

2504, 3.19%

JOHNSON, Gregory Glenn

1326, 1.69%

STOCKS, Yve

2203, 2.81%

KELLY, Rod

2761, 3.52%

BARTLEY, Ross

4107, 5.24%

MCNICHOL, Marika

2834, 3.61%

HUNTER, Max

3289, 4.19%

CHRISTENSEN, Scott

1903, 2.43%

GALE, Andrew

3915, 4.99%

REES, Glyn

3117, 3.97%

WINDLE, Sheryl

2847, 3.63%



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