Saturday, 19 September 2020
Scenic Rim Election 2020: Divisions up in air

In DIVISION 5, Marshall Chalk is leading the poll with just over 50% of the vote, with Caz Osborne holding almost 20% and Julie De Visser and Samantha Caves sitting on around 15% and 14%, respectively.

While the count could be considered indicative, only 618 of a total 4,777 votes were cast in Division 5 polling booths on Election Day.

In percentage terms, that means there is still 87% of the votes yet to be counted in the form of pre-polling, telephone and postal votes.

With the low turnout on Election Day and the number of pre-polling, telephone and postal votes yet to be counted, preferencing could have an effect on the final result.

The Election Day vote count showed:

• Marshall CHALK 287 50.17%

• Samantha CAVES 82 14.34%

• Julie DE VISSER 89 15.56%

• Caz OSBORNE 114 19.93%

Informal 46 7.44%

TOTAL so far 618 12.9%

Division 5 is centred on BOONAH as the biggest population centre and includes Barney View, Bunjurgen, Burnett Creek, Cannon Creek, Carneys Creek, Charlwood, Clumber, Coochin, Croftby, Dugandan, Fassifern Valley, Knapp Creek, Maroon, Milford, Moogerah, Morwincha, Mt Alford, Mount Barney, Mount Edwards, Mount French, Rathdowney, Tamrookum Creek, Wallaces Creek.

In DIVISION 4, Incumbent Councillor Michael Enright holds over 53% of the Election Day vote with his opponent and former Councillor Jennifer Sanders with around 46%.

However, only 12.9% or 643 votes have been counted out of a potential 4,967.

The Election Day vote count showed:

• Jennifer SANDERS 275 46.4%

• Michael ENRIGHT 317 53.4%

Informal 51 7.93%

TOTAL so far 643 12.9%

Division 4 is centred on BEAUDESERT and includes Allenview, Bromelton, Josephville, Laravale and Kooralbyn.

In DIVISION 3, Incumbent Virginia West is holding her own against Janine Healy, with Virginia attracting 61% of the Election Vote while Janine holds around 38%.

Election Day in this Division resulted in almost double the percentage turnout compared to Divisions 5, 4 and 1 with 26% of the total potential voters arriving at the polling booths.

There are around 4,599 potential voters in the Division.

The Election Day vote count showed:

• Janine HEALY 457 38.50%

• Virginia WEST 730 61.50%

Informal 79 6.24%

TOTAL so far 1,266 26.83%

Division 3, takes in the population centre of CANUNGRA and includes Beechmont, Biddaddaba, Binna Burra, Cainbable, Christmas Creek, Cryna, Darlington, Ferny Glen, Flying Fox, Hillview, Illinbah, Kerry, Lamington, Laravale, Nindooinbah, Oaky Creek, O'Reilly, Rathdowney, Running Creek, Sarabah, Tabragalba, Tabooba and Witheren.

In DIVISION 2, former local SES chief, Jeff McConnell leads the tally with more than 58% of the Election Day vote. 

Canungra Times editor, Keer Moriarty is currently holding almost 42% of the vote.

The Election Day turnout resulted in about 20% of the potential vote in a Division with a potential of around 4,899 voters.

The Election Day vote count showed:

• Keer MORIARTY 383 41.7%

• Jeff McCONNELL 317 58.23%

Informal 99 9.74%

TOTAL so far 1,016 20.07%

Division 2 is centred on TAMBORINE VILLAGE and includes Birnam, Boyland, Gleneagle, Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain (southern section) and Veresdale Scrub.

In DIVISION 1, the only political party nominated candidate in the history of the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Sally Williams (Queensland Greens) is leading the tally.

Among the contenders are the incumbent Councillor in Division 2, Nadia O’Carroll and a former Councillor for Division 1, Derek Swanborough.

With only 10.6% of the vote counted in a Division which attracted four candidates, preferences and total voter numbers are expected to make this Division an interesting one to watch.

The Division has a potential 5,130 voters.

The Election Day vote count showed:

• Nadia O’CARROLL 120 22.8%

• Sally WILLIAMS 175 33.2%

• Derek SWANBOROUGH 150 28.0%

• Amanda HAY 81 15.4%

Informal 35 6.24%

TOTAL so far 561 10.59%

Division 1 takes in the northern section of Tamborine Mountain.