Queensland state election day at the polling booth .Photo: Brett Wortman /
Queensland state election day at the polling booth .Photo: Brett Wortman /

BIG SPENDERS: RRC and LSC candidate election costs revealed

The Electoral Commission of Queensland disclosures shows $82,374.54 was spent on campaigning in Rockhampton Regional Council and Livingstone Shire Council local government elections.

Candidates vying for a seat at the table in LSC well outspent those in RRC with $69,986.46 spent on the Capricorn Coast while $12,387.98 was spent in Rockhampton.

The biggest spender in the region was former LSC mayor Bill Ludwig who forked out $19,698.95 for his campaign while the LSC victor, mayor Andrew Ireland spent $11,077.02.

Mayor Andy Ireland is looking forward to building an informed Council for the region
Mayor Andy Ireland is looking forward to building an informed Council for the region

Mayor Margaret Strelow only spent $266.38 on her re-election while the biggest RRC spender was the new division 7 councillor, Donna Kirkland with $4,194.00.

The data suggest that those who were not incumbents in the race for a seat at the RRC table spent more on their campaigns.

However, an incumbent councillor in LSC was the biggest spender with Cr Glenda Mather spending $7,890.38 on her campaign, followed by Mathew Peach ($6,963.69) who was not successful in securing a seat.

While the election classics such as picket signs, flyers and how-to-vote cards made up much of the spending, more modern campaigning techniques like Facebook advertising and websites also played a big part according to the spending disclosures.

Candidates are not required to disclose expenditure under $500.

See the break down of who spent how much, and what on, listed below:

Rockhampton Regional Council, Mayor Margaret Strelow, Cr Neil Fisher, Cr Ellen Smith, Cr Shane Latcham, Cr Donna Kirkland, Cr Cherie Rutherfird and Cr Drew Wickerson.
Rockhampton Regional Council, Mayor Margaret Strelow, Cr Neil Fisher, Cr Ellen Smith, Cr Shane Latcham, Cr Donna Kirkland, Cr Cherie Rutherfird and Cr Drew Wickerson.

Rockhampton Regional Council - $12,387.98

Mayoral Candidates

Mayor Margaret Margaret Strelow: $266.38 - for a campaign photo and a hire car

Chris Hooper: no disclosures

Division 1: Shane Latcham (win): $3090.65 - for Facebook ads, signage, flyers, nomination fee, business cards, and magnets.

Sherrie Ashton: no disclosures.

Vince Robertson: no disclosures.

Division 2 Neil Fisher (winner): $1,134.89 - for election signage, how - to-vote cards and flyers

Gavin Shuker: no disclosures

Division 3 Tony Williams uncontested

Division 4 Ellen Smith uncontested

Division 5 Cherie Rutherford (winner): $724 - for print advertising, how-to-vote cards and election signage.

Peter Anderson: did not disclose.

Division 6 Drew Wickerson uncontested - still disclosed $1,832.12

Division 7

Donna Kirkland (winner): $4,194.00 - for print advertising, media advertising, how-to-vote cards, election signage, apparel and flyers.

Noeleen Horan: $1,145.94 - for Election signage, stall holders fee, candidate's nomination, magnets, T-shirts and flyers.

Livingstone Shire Council - $69,986.56

Mayoral Candidates

Mayor Andy Irela nd (winner): $11,077.02 - for flyers, website, video services, TV advertising, election signage, T-shirts, print advertising and billboard advertising.

Bill Ludwig
Bill Ludwig

Bill Ludwig: $19,698.95 - for social media advertising, billboards, print advertising, election signage, election brochure mailout, TV advertising, fuel, printed handouts, T-shirts, zip ties and a market stall site fee.

Lynelle Burns: $1,449.25 - for Facebook ads, election signage, a market stall fee, printer cartridges, nomination fee and a ticket to an LSC event.

Councillor candidates

Andrea Friend (winner): $6,508.12 - for brochure sign holders, Facebook advertising, how-to-vote cards, flyer mailout, nomination fee, election signage, printer ink, two market sites, a gazebo and clothing for a newspaper shoot.

Leah Grice: Did not disclose

Nigel Hutton (winner): $2,844.04 - for how-to-vote cards, election signage, newspaper advertising, printing for letter box drop and nomination fee.

Adam Belot (winner): $1,970.74 - for T-shirts, flyers, election signage and nomination fee

Pat Eastwood (winner): $2,185.99- for T-shirts, election signage, Facebook advertising, brochure holders, newspaper advertising, election signage, flyers and a post drive.

Rhodes Watson: $20 - for printing.

Glenda Mather (winner): $7,890.38 - newspaper advertising, election signage, pamphlets, how-to-vote cards and profile photographs.

Leo Honek: $5,291.27 - for unaddressed mailouts, flyers, Facebook ads, election signage, market stalls,

Tanya Lynch (winner): $1,940.93 - election signage, T-shirts, flyers, nomination fees and graphic design work.

Keith Sully: did not disclose

Scott Tarratt: $1,623.01 - for Facebook advertising, flyers, nomination fee, T-shirt, car magnets and election signage.

Stephen Bird: $523.17 - for T-shirts, election signage and flyers.

Athol Keanalley: Did not disclose

Mathew Peach: $6,963.69 - fuel, election signage, flyers.

Mike Decman: did not disclose

The new 2020 team of Livingstone Shire councillors.
The new 2020 team of Livingstone Shire councillors.


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