ELECTIONS: Everything you need to know for the election
IT"S BEEN a long four years, but tomorrow voters will go to the polls to cast their ballots to elect councillors across Queensland.
The Gatton Star has been busy in past months bringing you interviews with candidates and finding out what voters wants from their councillors.
With just one more sleep before the election - if you haven't already voted, here's everything you need to know to make your decision.
Across both councils, 24 candidates are in the running for your vote.
The Gatton Star has spoken to everyone of them so you can make an informed decision.
The candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot - click their names to read why they're running and what their plans are.
Somerset Regional Council:
- Bob Whalley
- Jason Wendt
- Bronwyn Davies
- Sean Choat
- Mike Tanner
- David McInally
- Cheryl Gaedtke
- Helen Brieschke
- Josh Squire
- Kylee Isidro
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Brett Qualischefski
- Gordon Van der Est
- Rick Vela
- Meachelle Roelofs
- Chris Wilson
- David Neuendorf
- Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich
- Janice Holstein
- Jason Cook
- Mark Newton
- Michael Hagan
- Kerri MacMahon
CANDIDATES ANSWER THE BIG QUESTIONS
To give you a better understanding of what the candidates stood for, we put three important questions to them:
- How will you improve the region in the next four years?
- Agriculture is major part of the region's economy - what will you do to support it?
- What will you do to ensure our regional towns don't die away?
With coronavirus forcing mass shutdowns around the country there's been calls for the council elections to be postponed to keep community members safe.
But the state government pushed, and was determined to forged ahead with the vote, telling voters it was safe.
But council candidates weren't convinced and shared their opinions on the vote with the Gatton Star.
MAYORS RUN UNOPPOSED
Both mayors in the region faced no challengers at this election, running unopposed and guaranteed of another four years.
Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was a "relief" to not have a nervous wait for votes to be counted on Saturday night.
He said he understood the responsibility that came with running unopposed, with the electorate not having the opportunity to cast a vote for a mayor candidate.
"I don't think I'm any better than anybody else because the position I hold, but I've definitely got our region at heart," he said.
Lockyer mayor Tanya Milligan isn't complacent that she is running unopposed, but it's certainly a weight off her shoulders.
And in the returning mayor's true style, she was modest and humble about her reappointment.
"It's a privilege. I'm exceptionally grateful because it's a privilege to serve your community," she said.
WHERE TO VOTE:
Don't know where to vote, here's the full list of every polling location in both council areas:
Blenheim State School, 81 Blenheim Road, Blenheim
Flagstone Creek State School, 56 Flagstone School Road, Flagstone Creek
Forest Hill Assisted Forest Hill State School, 15 Church Street, Forest Hill
Gatton State School, 26 William Street, Gatton
Lockyer District High School Assembly Hall, 100 William Street, Gatton
Glenore Grove Hall, 9 Brightview Road, Glenore Grove
Grantham State School, 15 Victor Street, Grantham
Hatton Vale State School, 27‐35 Hannant Road, Hatton Vale
Helidon State School, 16 School Street, Helidon
Kentville State School, 4 Turpin Road, Kentville
Laidley District State School, 232 Patrick Street, Laidley
Lake Clarendon State School, 35 Lake Clarendon Road, Lake Clarendon
Ma Ma Creek State School, 803 Gatton‐Clifton Road, Ma Ma Creek
Mount Sylvia State School, 6 Left Hand Branch Road, Mount Sylvia
Murphys Creek Community Centre, 18 Jessie Lane, Murphys Creek
Faith Lutheran College, 5 Faith Ave, Plainland
Public Hall, 111 Stockyard Creek Road, Stockyard
Thornton State School, 4 Thornton School Road, Thornton
Baptist Church Hall, 979 Tenthill Creek Road, Upper Tenthill
Withcott State School, 26 Biggs Road, Withcott
Coominya State School, 7 Cornhill Street, Coominya
Esk Assisted Esk State School, 49 East Street, Esk
Fernvale State School, 1605 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale
Glamorgan Vale State School, 750 Glamorgan Vale Road, Glamorgan Vale
Kilcoy Memorial Hall, Kennedy Street, Kilcoy
Lowood State High School Hall, Prospect Street, Lowood
Minden State School, 1032 Lowood‐Minden Road, Minden
Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall, D'Aguilar Highway, Moore
Mount Kilcoy State School, 251 Jenkinsons Road, Mount Kilcoy
Mount Tarampa State School, 9 Profkes Road, Mount Tarampa
Tarampa State School, 18 Manthey Road, Tarampa
Toogoolawah State School, Gardner Street, Toogoolawah