News

Vote counting reaches final stages

Returning officer Leendert Sparreboom, pictured at the ballot draw, has almost finalised the count of first preference votes.
Returning officer Leendert Sparreboom, pictured at the ballot draw, has almost finalised the count of first preference votes. Albert Elzinga

COUNTING of votes for Tweed councillors has reached the final stages and returning officer Leendert Sparreboom has virtually finalised the count of first preference votes.

Mr Sparreboom said data processing of multi preference votes was ongoing and he expected the data entry to be completed on Thursday.

Once all data was entered, the computer would be able to formulate the final count and the results would, in all likelihood, be announced on Friday.

"Thursday, following the final okay from Sydney, I'll hopefully be able to push the button and some 10 to 15 minutes later the computer will show the results.

"I'll then be able to announce the final results on Friday," Mr Sparreboom said.

Current data shows candidate and caretaker councillor Warren Polglase clearly in the lead with 16.15% of the first preference vote with Greens' candidate and caretaker councillor Katie Milne a close second with 14.58%.

First time Labor candidate Michael Armstrong looks certain to have been elected with 12.10% with candidate and caretaker mayor Barry Longland re-elected with 9.03%.

Conservative candidate and caretaker councillor Phil Youngblutt received 7.02% of the vote and seems to have been re-elected while newcomer candidates Carolyn Byrne and Gary Bagnall will have to wait until Thursday or Friday until the results become official.

Mrs Byrne and Mr Bagnall are sixth and seventh on the vote count list at the moment and, if vote and preference distribution remain as indicated at the moment, will become Tweed Shire councillors.



Nicholl finds rhythm for Australia

Nicholl competing at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica.

Surfer flies flag for Australia.

The pacemaker cells of your gut

Restroom sign

Living Naturally: problems with the gut

Dunn eyes Millions for Group level push

TRAINING MASTERS: Matt and Keira Dunn at a Murwillumbah Racecourse race day.

Trainer eyes a cast of millions.

Latest deals and offers

That's a wrap: Gympie Muster celebrates 35 years in style

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at the Muster Club on Sunday August 28 at the Gympie Muster.

Country music festival blessed with great weather and bumper crowds

Julia and Sasha top The Block's leaderboard

Julia and Sasha in their winning master en-suite in a scene from The Block.

FIRST room reveals of the season deliver mixed results.

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m