Too late to post, but not too late to vote local

AS of this afternoon, just under 280,000 postal votes have been received meaning 68% of electors have returned their vote in the state’s local government elections. Locally, just over 70% of Central Highlands voters have taken part, as well as 64% of those in the Derwent Valley municipality.

Electoral Commissioner Andrew Hawkey encouraged those who still haven’t voted to put aside some time this weekend to record their votes and then hand-deliver these to a local council office by 2pm next Tuesday, October 25.

“To make sure your vote is received by 2pm next Tuesday, electors are advised go to their council office and place their vote in the ballot box provided,” Mr Hawkey said. Counting for these elections will take place either in Launceston or Hobart. That means a postal vote for any south or southeast council election can be dropped into any south or southeast council office, also West Coast Council postal votes,” he said.

There are 18 candidates for the eight seats on the Derwent Valley Council. Cr Julie Triffett has not re-nominated and will retire after two terms.

The candidates are: Phillip Bigg, Phillip Bingley, Peter Binny, Luke Browning, Deb Carnes, Heather Chaplin, Jessica Cosgrove, Justin Derksen, Michelle Dracoulis, James Graham, Matt Hill, Sara Lowe, Brett Maryniak, Eve Nelson, Wayne Shoobridge, Liz Virtue, Brody Wiggins and Natasha Woods. Running for mayor are Phillip Bingley, Peter Binny and Michelle Dracoulis, and the candidates for deputy are Phillip Bigg, Luke Browning, Jessica Cosgrove, Sara Lowe, Wayne Shoobridge and Natasha Woods.

There are 11 candidates for the nine seats on the Central Highlands Council: Jim Allwright, Anthony Archer, Tony Bailey, Scott Bowden, Robert Cassidy, John Hall, Julie Honner, David Meacheam, Yvonne Miller, Loueen Triffitt and Rob Wilkinson. Loueen Triffitt is the only candidate for mayor and Jim Allwright is in a contest with Robert Cassidy for the deputy’s position. Retiring from council are Anita Campbell and Jim Poore.

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