The Returning Officer of the SCRG Electoral Office
The Sunshine Coast Electoral Office took the first steps towards the election of Mayor and 12 councillors for the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council when it opened today. The Returning Officer for the election Mr David McKenzie said the office would provide information to candidates and members of the public, as well as being the operations centre for the election.
The new regional council will amalgamate the shires of Maroochy, Noosa and Caloundra city into one council when approximately 195,000 eligible electors vote on Saturday 15th March 2008. Mr McKenzie said over 600 people would be employed on polling day in 76 polling places, making this the largest single election on the Sunshine Coast.
Those residents who have changed their address since they last completed an enrolment form or who are not yet on the electoral roll, have until 5pm on Thursday 31 January to lodge a new enrolment form with the Australian Electoral Commission. Enrolment forms can be handed in to any AEC office. The Australian Electoral Commission has offices at Nambour and Caloundra, and may be contacted by phone on 13 23 26.
Candidates for the election will be able to nominate for a position on the council or as Mayor from Saturday 2 February, with nominations closing on Tuesday 19 February at 12 noon. Potential candidates are encouraged to nominate well in advance of the closing deadline to ensure that their nominations are in order. Information on how to nominate is contained on the Electoral Commission Queensland website www.ecq.qld.gov.au
. An information session for potential candidates will be held on Wednesday 13th February at the Sunshine Coast Electoral Office commencing at 7.00pm. Potential candidates do not need to book for this information session.
The Sunshine Coast Electoral Office is located on the ground floor of Centenary Square Shopping Centre, Currie Street Nambour. Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Enquiries about employment, where to vote, candidates and divisional boundaries can be obtained from the website of the Electoral Commission Queensland or by telephoning ECQ on 1300 881 665.