News

LATEST: Mick Curran set for celebration after victory

No Caption
No Caption

IT LOOKS like incumbent mayor Mick Curran has been elected to preside over Gympie Regional Council for the next four years.

Mr Curran is celebrating at a Gympie restaurant tonight but with about a third of the mayoral votes (11,345) counted, he has sealed close to 70% with 7522 votes.

Derek Hume, the candidate put up by the hydrotherapy group in its well run campaign to pressure the council into building and maintaining a hydrotherapy pool, has 1960 votes so far.

George Groth, who sportsbet described as the roughie (in betting terms) in this election, is not far behind Mr Hume with 1353 votes.

Mr Curran came under considerable fire during the election campaign over a perceived issue with the authority of his CEO Bernard Smith, and over the handling of several senior staff changes, particularly former planning director Mike Hartley.

But it seems it wasn't enough to convince voters they wanted a change.

The former police officer was awarded a bravery award by Governor General Peter Cosgrove this week for an incident that occurred when he was a young office 26 years ago.

The sweet timing of the award no doubt did not harm his campaign.

LATEST MAYORAL COUNT

DIVISION 1 COUNT

DIVISION 2 COUNT

DIVISION 3 COUNT

DIVISION 4 COUNT

DIVISION 5 COUNT

DIVISION 6 COUNT

DIVISION 7 COUNT

DIVISION 8 COUNT

Mick Curran takes early lead in vote

INCUMBENT Mayor Mick Curran appears to have taken an early lead in the polls, though nothing official has been noted as yet and the count is only an hour in.

In Division 1 of the Gympie region (the Cooloola Coast) the incumbent Mark McDonald is feeling cautiously optimistic after the first count of votes at Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

"I am ahead after Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach but I have got to wait on Cooloola Cove," Mr McDonald has just told the Gympie Times.

Cooloola Cove could sway the results, with about 1150 votes to come in from that booth.

Cr McDonald also cryptically said some things had occurred out that way he had not been too happy about but that it would all be discussed after the election.

Meanwhile, reports are coming through that Julie Walker could be in trouble in Division 8 (Long Flat and Lagoon Pocket out to the Mary Valley) after holding that seat on the council right back to the days of the Widgee Shire Council.

Young gun James Cochrane was always going to give Mrs Walker a run for her money.

In Division 2, incumbent Rae Gate could also be in trouble, and Division 4 is extremely close.

Division 4 is contested by incumbent Wayne Sachs, who told The Gympie Times earlier this afternoon the "vibe" he had received today had not been as good as in previous years.

It is also be contested by Barter St businessman Ross Caulfield, who said this afternoon he was "feeling good" about things, as well as former councillor Graham Engeman, local doctor Daryl Dodt and Glenn Tierney.

At last look it appeared as if the ECQ election results page had crashed. Let's hope it is up and running soon.

EARLIER RESULTS

The polling booth at Tin Can Bay (Division 1) has this so far:

Mick Curran 872 votes
George Groth 136
Derek Hume 137

The polling booth at Goomboorian (Division 2):

Mick Curran has 254 votes
George Groth has 76 votes
Derek Hume has 115 votes

Mr Curran is also believed to be polling very well in the count so far on the Southside.

Storms have wreaked havoc in parts of the Gympie region tonight and the end of a long and sultry election day.

Veteran was hit with torrential rain and fierce winds, bringing branches down and cutting the power about two hours ago.

Vote counting has been relocated from the Veteran Hall into Tozer St.

Power was also lost at Imbil, Kandanga and Amamoor in the storm but came back on after about 90 minutes.

Voting will continue until 10pm tonight.

We will bring you more counting results as soon as they come to hand.

 

COUNTING has begun in the 2016 Gympie Regional Council election and The Gympie Times will bring you the results as they become available over the next few hours.

Returning officer Ken Garner and his team of eight will begin counting the Gympie votes and the thousands of pre-poll votes that were cast at Tozer St over the past five days. Results from outlaying polling booths will be counted on site and phone in to Tozer St.

A hot and sultry day made for uncomfortable conditions at polling booths throughout the region today as we sweltered through 34 degree hit, which only eased with the storm about 4pm.

Speaking to some of the candidates at the central polling booth at the Senior Citizens Centre this afternoon, some candidates were feeling optimistic and other not so.

Some planned to stay up and watch the votes come in through the night but others were intending going home and going to bed after a long, hot day handing out how to vote cards.

Division 4 candidate Dr Daryl Dodt was full of beans still at 3.30pm despite the oppressive humidity, and happy to entertain the voters with his guitar and catchy songs about his home town; something about Two Heads is Better Than One.

LATEST MAYORAL COUNT

 

DIVISION 1 COUNT

DIVISION 2 COUNT

DIVISION 3 COUNT

DIVISION 4 COUNT

DIVISION 5 COUNT

DIVISION 6 COUNT

DIVISION 7 COUNT

DIVISION 8 COUNT

 

THE CANDIDATES

THERE are three mayoral candidates and 27 councillor candidates contesting eight Gympie Regional Council divisions. They are as follows:

 

Mayor
 
  • Mick Curran
  • Derek Hume
  • George Groth
Division 1 
 
  • Mark McDonald
  • Jessica Milne
  • Bevan Reibel
Division 2
 
  • Rae Gate
  • Glen Hartwig 
  • Martin Poole
Division 3
 
  • Leonora Cox
  • Mal Gear
  • Shane Jocumsen
Division 4
 
  • Wayne Sachs
  • Graham Engeman
  • Ross Caulfield
  • Darryl Dodt
  • Glenn Tierney
Division 5
 
  • Dan Stewart
  • Peter Kross
  • Gay Lohse

Division 6
 
  • Kevin White
  • Ray Currie
  • Hilary Smerdon
  • Brian Thomas
Division 7 
 
  • Bob Leitch
  • Tony Hanlon
  • Donna Reardon

Division 8
 
  • Ian Caulley
  • Julie Walker
  • James Cochrane
  •  

His mum, former Gympie Mayor Joan Dodt, was there to support him.

The parents of of Division 8 young gun candidate James Cochrane, John and Margaret Cochrane, were also on duty at the Senior Citizens Centre and proud of their son, not matter the outcome of today's poll.

"No matter was the result is, he has learnt a great deal," dad John said.

Hydrotherapy campaigner Reg Lawler was also on duty, handing out the group's how to vote cards and looking fresh despite the heat and humidity.

 

No Caption
No Caption
Gympie Times

Topics:  counting, gympie regional council election 2016




Kick-off for the 2016 Gympie Music Muster

MUSTER MATES: Fun times at the Gympie Muster, Paul Anderson, Ashley Van Kalken and Chris Smith

TENS of thousands will head to the 35th Gympie Music Muster today.

Gympie mum claims gold in gravity enduro

QUICK: Gympie enduro rider Angela Williams shows her form on a downhill run.

Pedal to the metal for Gympie mum

Latest deals and offers

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

Sir Cliff Richard feels 'best' after sex abuse allegations

Sir Cliff Richard is 'back' to his best after sex abuse claims

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.