NOW a steady lead, the Labor candidate is in first place on 2,787 votes, followed by David Batt on 2,593
Ian Zunker is on 584, Stewart Jones on 432, Claire Ogden on 233 and Shane Smeltz on 85
The running is Labor candidate for Bundaberg Tom Smith who is now on 709 votes, followed by outgoing Bundaberg MP David Batt on 609
COUNTING started with Labor Bundaberg candidate Tom Smith leading with 515 votes and followed closely by incumbent David Batt with 256 votes
Ian Zunker of the Legalize Cannabis Party is out of 103 votes, while Stewart Jones of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is out of 72
Claire Ogden of the Greens is out of 40 votes and Shane Smeltz of the Palmer United Party is out of 21 votes
AFTER weeks of campaigning it all depends on the people of Bundaberg with the 2020 Queensland State Elections set to close in an hour
Those in the race to win the Bundaberg seat are David Batt, outgoing LNP member, Tom Smith of Labor, Claire Ogden of the Greens, Palmer United Party candidate Shane Smeltz and Stewart Jones of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.
Showing up early and early to vote this morning, Mr. Batt had his say at Bundaberg East State School
Sharing a post on his official Facebook page, the outgoing MP thanked the community for their support
« I have loved every moment of Bundy’s service and I am proud of our accomplishments during my first term as an MP from your state, » said Mr. Batt
« In my very first speech I made this pledge – I will serve the people of Bundaberg with honesty, integrity and compassion as long as they allow me to represent them. »
M Smith also started the day early by voting at Kepnock State High School, where he works as a teacher
The Labor candidate for Bundaberg said he felt excited, positive and looked forward to the outcome
“These two weeks have been great, the campaign has been fantastic and the volunteers have worked very hard,” said M Smith
“Voters are responding positively to the fact that we are the only party that does not accept corporate donations, so if we are elected we will fight for them, not for businesses,” Ms. Ogden said.
« My campaign has shown that serious rural problems can be treated with compassion and empathy, with a good dose of common sense of the country, » he said.
« Whatever the outcome, unless there is a serious change, the voices of our residents will remain unknown for another four years (and that) is far too long for people with life-limiting illness and constant pain. »
THOSE in the race to win Burnett’s seat are outgoing Member State Stephen Bennett of the LNP, Elizabeth Case of the Informed Medical Options Party, independent candidate Ric Glass, Paul Hudson of the Australian Katter party, Liam Johns of the Greens, Geoffrey Mansell by One Nation by Pauline Hanson and Kerri Morgan of the Labor Party
Choosing to vote early, M Bennett had his say in the ballot, but still made an appearance at local polling stations, alongside family members and volunteers.
Posting on his Facebook page earlier today, the outgoing MP said he felt extremely lucky to live in such a vibrant and beautiful part of the world.
« I am passionate about our region and will always work to ensure a future for our children, » said M Bennett
« With your continued support, let’s work together to make things even better here in the Burnett »
The NewsMail has contacted the remaining candidates to see how they were feeling on Election Day and is awaiting a response
See the interior of one of the village’s exhibition houses and see how the complex-style Burnett Heads recreation area has evolved
Created by a Bundaberg tradie, the app allows customers to log into business services and pay for labor over time
The owner of the popular store thanked his customers for their support and reminded the community to support the locals
One of Bundaberg’s oldest butchers has had a facelift, but you still can’t miss it
Bundaberg police highlight three local suburbs where vehicles were stolen or attempted to have been stolen recently
After an industrial shed caught fire yesterday afternoon, the owners of a Bundaberg farm thank the community
UPDATE: Earlier warnings of a ‘classic supercell’ forming inland from 1770 and have been downgraded
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