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Central Highlands by-election

Information for residents

Central Highlands’ residents will go to the polls on 30 September 2017 for a local government by-election following the recent resignation of Councillor David Lacey.

The Minister for Local Government, Mark Furner MP, confirmed this week that the election will be conducted as a full postal ballot. This means that voters must post their vote and there will be no polling booth.

Another important date to remember is 1 September 2017, which is the final date residents have to enrol or update their information on the electoral roll.

Everyone over the age of 18 years must be included on the electoral roll and enrolment details can be updated at or by collecting a form at any Australia Post office or Australian Electoral Commission office.

Information for candidates

Help shape your region’s future by nominating to become a councillor in the Central Highland’s By-election!

The by-election will be officially notified on the 25 August 2017, which is when prospective candidates may nominate with the Electoral Commission of Queensland. Nominations will close at noon on 5 September 2017 with a ballot drawn at 10.00 am on 6 September 2017.

On 29 August, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning held two free information sessions for intending candidates providing detailed information about becoming a councillor.

Click here to see the slides from these presentations

Election signage:

We have put together this fact sheet which outlines the requirements in relation to the location and construction of election signs on local government controlled roads that will be supported subject to an application being made to Council.

For requirements on state controlled roads please see this fact sheet from the Department of Transport & Main Roads.

Key dates:

Notice of election – 25 August 2017
Close of roll – 1 September 2017
Close of nominations – Noon 5 September 2017
Ballot drawn – 10.00 am 6 September 2017
Polling day – 30 September 2017

ECQ Returning Officer:

Ray Ovens
0447 129 114
Wally McKenzie House,
Emerald Showgrounds

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