FULL LIST: Where to vote in Gympie region
RECORD turnout for pre-polling and postal voting in Gympie this year means more than half of the region’s voters won’t be turning up at polling booths on Saturday.
Queensland’s general election voting period kicked off on October 19, and will end on election day, this Saturday, October 31, but with 10,500 postal votes issued for Gympie, and another 10,000 voters having already cast their vote as of close of business on Thursday, the vast majority of local residents won’t actually be voting on Saturday.
There were almost 37,000 electors in the Gympie electorate at the last state election in 2017, which was won easily by LNP candidate Tony Perrett, who took more than 37 per cent of the vote (11,829 votes) and whose nearest contender was One Nation candidate Chelle Dobson, with almost 30 per cent of the vote, followed by the ALP’s Tracey McWilliam, with about 22 per cent.
The LNP holds the seat of Gympie by a margin of 8.7 per cent following a swing of .5 per cent towards the LNP at the 2017 election. It would take a swing of about 9 per cent against the LNP for them to lose it at this election.
The LNP’s strongest support in 2017 came from Lower Wonga, Jones Hill, Kandanga, Pie Creek and Rainbow Beach, where Mr Perrett scored more than 40 per cent of the vote, and more than 48 per cent at Jones Hill.
One Nation’s strongest support in Gympie in 2017 came from Curra (almost 48 per cent of the vote), and Tiaro, just over 40 per cent.
The ALP performed strongest at Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove, with almost 30 per cent of the vote, and Glenwood with almost 32 per cent.
Early voting is still open until 6pm on Friday at the former Gympie Times offices in 44 Nash Street.
With the Melbourne Cup also just days away - and a Gympie entry once again this year - the odds for some of the Gympie candidates might make it worthwhile placing a bet (see images).
Applications for postal voting have closed and the Electoral COmmission Queensland website says postal ballots are being sent to those who applied.
If you have applied for a postal vote, you should vote, sign, have it witnessed and mail it back as soon as possible. You must vote before 6pm on election day, and the ECQ must receive it by 10 November 2020 to be counted.
This Saturday, about 1300 polling booths will be open across Queensland from 8am until 6pm, including 24 in the Gympie region.
List of Gympie polling booths:
Bauple State School
Chatsworth State School
Veterans Community Hall at Cooloola Cove
Curra Community Hall
Glenwood Community Hall
Goomboorian Memorial Hall
Gunalda State School
Gympie Senior Citizens Centre
Gympie East State School
James Nash State High School
Gympie South State School
Gympie Church of Christ Hall in Tucker Street
Mary Valley State College in Imbil
Jones Hill State School
Kandanga State School
Lower Wonga Hall
Monkland State School
Pie Creek Community Hall
Rainbow Beach State School
Gympie electoral office at 44 Nash Street
Tin Can Bay P-10 State School
Widgee State School
In consultation with health authorities, the ECQ has implemented a COVID-safe plan for all polling places to ensure Queenslanders can vote easily and safely in the 2020 State general election.