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January 25th 2008
Enrol for a once-off election

As part of the Townsville City Council local government area, Magnetic Islanders will have their big chance to determine who runs Townsville in an unusual type of election on Saturday March 15. But, if you are eligible and not already enrolled to vote, then you need to complete your enrolment by January 31.

In a break from tradition the newly created council, which will amalgamate Townsville with Thuringowa, will be voted for, just this once, as a city-wide race without a breakdown in which voters elect a particular councillor within their ward.

The implications of the senate-like vote for coucillors are particularly interesting for worthy independents and minor parties, who may lack numbers within particular wards but can draw enough support from the wider population, to be elected.

Local Government Minister Warren Pitt said, "The election rolls close on January 31 and it is absolutely vital that the community has a say about who will be governing their local government areas"

"Every vote counts towards the outcome, so I urge people to make sure they are enrolled to vote.

Knowing just who we can vote for is yet to be fully known since nominations close on Tuesday February 19.

Warren Pitt said, "Enrolling is easy - people just need to contact the Queensland Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission, and the enrolment forms are available on their websites and at all post offices.

"Voting is compulsory, and will be conducted through either a postal ballot or traditional ballot on the day.

"If you voted in the recent federal election you do not need to e-enrol unless you have moved house, in which case, you will need to complete a new enrolment form."

Queenslanders will vote in 73 local government areas. Of these, 38 are existing councils, 31 are new councils, and four are existing councils with changed boundaries.

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Enrol for a once-off election
January 28th 2008
Well done to the TCC, who have managed to create an election on Saturday 27th March according to their website. Thank goodness you guys have it right.

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Syl Hayes In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
What a wonderful outcome for the school! I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves...such a tribute to the organisers. Well done!
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