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Council approved for full postal ballot for 2016 Local Government election

5 August 2015

Western Downs Regional Council has been given the green light by the Queensland Government to conduct the 2016 Local Government election by full postal ballot.

Mayor Ray Brown said the last two Council elections in 2008 and 2012 were conducted by full postal voting.

“With an area covering about 38,000 square kilometres, which is the equivalent size of Switzerland, along with a large rural sector and diverse population, Council feels that a full postal ballot gives the voting public greater flexibility to cast their vote when the 2016 Local Government election comes around,” he said.

“A large slice of our population lives outside of our main centres in relatively isolated rural areas and communities. A full postal vote means that voters in these areas don’t have to worry about finding a ballot booth or arranging alternative voting methods through the Electoral Commission.

“Approval to conduct a full postal vote for the 2016 Local Government election is a win-win for Council and its constituents, as it reduces the cost to Council and ratepayers and means that electors can vote at their own convenience during the voting period.”

For more information on the 2016 Local Government Election, to enrol, or check your details visit www.ecq.qld.gov.au/.

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