Four candidates to contest Div 1 by-election

Scenic Rim divisions. Map supplied.

Four candidates have nominated to run for the Scenic Rim Regional Council in the Division 1 by-election.

Tamborine Mountain voters will head to the polls on 15 April to elect a new councillor for Division 1 with Jennifer Sanders, Amanda Hay, Nicole Thompson and Kerri Cryer all running for the position of Division 1 Councillor with Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Electoral Commission Queensland called the by-election on 17 March after previous Councillor Derek Swanborough resigned on 21 February.

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Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen said anyone wanting to run for Council in the by-election must nominate before midday Monday, 27 March.

On the afternoon of 27 March, four candidates certified by the Returning Officer were listed on the Electoral Commission Queensland website.

In order of how they appeared on the website, candidates listed were:

  • Jennifer Sanders of Beaudesert. Previously served as Division 4 Councillor. Running as an Independent
  • Amanda Hay of Tamborine Mountain. Outspoken advocate for Tamborine Mountain’s fauna, flora and lifestyle. Running as an Independent.
  • Nicole Thompson of Tamborine Mountain. Registered nurse, midwife and small business woman. Running as a candidate for The Greens.
  • Kerri Cryer of Tamborine. Small business woman. Running as an Independent.

Candidates had to make sure they were eligible to nominate, pay a deposit of $250, open a dedicated campaign bank account and complete the free mandatory online training through the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

Mr Vidgen said nominations could come from anyone living in the Scenic Rim council area however candidates had to be endorsed by at least six eligible nominators currently enrolled in Division 1 of the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

For Division 1’s 5,575 enrolled electors, early voting will open from 9am to 5pm 3 April to 13 April excluding weekends and public holidays and 9am to 6pm 14 April at 6-8 Knoll Road Tamborine Mountain.

On 15 April, booths open 8am to 6pm at Tamborine Mountain State High School and St Bernard State School.

Applications for postal votes close 3 April.

For more information visit https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/election-events/scenic-rim-regional-council-division-1-by-election or phone  ECQ on 1300 881 665.