Hand-delivery urged for remaining votes in council by-election

AS many as 60% of voters have not yet had their say in the postal by-election to find a new mayor and councillor for the Derwent Valley Council. The Tasmanian Electoral Commission yesterday reported that with only days to go, 40.03% of voters had so far returned their postal ballot papers.

This figure did not include votes which may be been posted yesterday. With the voting period ending at 2pm next Tuesday, February 22, the Electoral Commission is now urging electors to take their vote to the Derwent Valley Council office in Circle St. The office is open between 9am and 4pm on weekdays and there is also a mail slot on the front of the building. Votes sent by mail are now likely to miss the cutoff.

“If you don’t have your ballot pack, head to your council office to collect a replacement pack and vote on the spot,” electoral commissioner Andrew Hawkey said. The Derwent Valley Council office has a temporary polling booth in the foyer as well as a sealed ballot box that will only be opened by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

The dual by-election is being conducted to elect a new mayor and a new councillor to serve until the general council elections in October.



The candidates are listed below in the order provided by the electoral commission:

Councillor – four candidates (one to be elected)
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
BINNY, Peter, of Granton
DRACOULIS, Michelle, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan

Mayor – six candidates
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
BINNY, Peter, of Granton
COSGROVE, Jessica, of New Norfolk
DRACOULIS, Michelle, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
TRIFFETT, Julie, of New Norfolk


  1. An acknowledgement that the postal service has deteriorated.
    Surely a letter dropped in the NNPO box Friday or even Monday could be delivered 50m up the street the next day?
    Set up for privatization.

  2. Not surprised that only 40% can be bothered. Council is pointless, useless and toxic. I got cancelled from the roll, probably because I have been a critic, but does it really matter anyway? Last chance now, to get some bright creative women in charge rather than the white male, concrete, alcohol and sport purveyors we have inherited from the Colonial era.

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