Local Government Elections

2014  Periodic Local Government Elections - November 2014

Results of the Local Government Election Scrutiny and Count on Saturday 8 November 2014 can be accessed via the

The  following candidates have declared provisionally elected by the Electoral Commissioner

First preference listing

 Mayor – Brenton Lewis

 Area Members

Cr Tyson Matthews – elected on first preference

Cr Clem Schubert – elected on first preference

Cr Fred Toogood – elected on first preference

Cr Airlie Keen – elected on first preference

Cr Theo Weinmann – elected on first preference

Cr Tod Cusack – elected on preference distribution

Cr Jerry Wilson – elected on preference distribution

Cr Andrew Baltensperger – elected on preference distribution

Cr Karen Eckermann – elected on preference distribution



The Electoral Commissioner of South Australia (ESCA) is presently conducting Periodical Local Government elections on behalf of the Rural City of Murray Bridge and  has commenced the mail out of ballot papers to every Council having an election.   

Ballot papers will be posted to the postal address lodged with the ECSA, unfortunately this address is not always updated and may mean that ballot papers are not delivered.     If voting packs are not received by Monday 27 October 2014 contact Electoral Commission SA on 1300 655 232

Ballot Papers should be returned to the Electoral Commission in the replied paid envelope supplied.

Two information forums are being held

  • Mayoral Candidates – Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 7.30pm,  Murray Bridge Town Hall, facilitated by Peri Strathearn
  • Candidates – Thursday 23 October 2014, at 7pm, Murray Bridge Community Club, facilitated by Steve Burgess

Your ballot papers must be received by close of voting at 5pm on Friday 7 November.

The following information is from the ESCA website in relation to voting - http://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/voting/voting-in-council-elections

Voting for Council elections is by postal ballot. This means that all election material (including ballot papers) is mailed directly to enrolled voters between Monday 20 October and Friday 24 October.

Ballot papers must be received by the Electoral Commission SA or a Council office by 5pm Friday 7 November. That gives you approximately two weeks to complete and return your ballot paper so that it can be included in the count.

Voting packs -Voting packs contain:

  • A ballot paper for each election being contested in the council area for which you are entitled to vote
  • Candidate profile brochure
  • A ballot paper envelope
  • A reply paid envelope
  • A Postal Voting Guide

Most electors will receive one voting pack. However, people who have additional properties or entitlements for a different election may receive more than one voting pack.

Remember you can only vote once for each separate election. 
(in the case of Murray Bridge
Mayor (1 Vacancy)
Area Councillor (9 vacancies)

You can apply for voting material if you have been omitted from the Council Voters Roll in error, or you lost, spoilt, or did not receive your voting material. 

Applications for all voting material issued by post must be processed by 5pm Wednesday 5 November 2014.

Applications for all voting material issued in person must be processed by close of voting, 5pm Friday 7 November 2014.

How to complete your ballot papers

You must number at least as many boxes as there are vacancies, in the order of your choice. The number of vacancies will be shown on the ballot paper.

For example, in a ward with 2 vacancies and 5 candidates: You must use the numbers 1 and 2 to complete your ballot paper. If you wish, you may continue to number some or all of the other boxes (3, 4 or 5).

Returning your ballot paper

Once you have completed your ballot paper:

  1. Place it in the ballot paper envelope provided.
  2. Seal it.
  3. Complete your details and sign the envelope flap.
  4. Place your completed ballot paper envelope in the reply paid envelope and seal it.
  5. Mail it (no stamp required) so that it reaches the Returning Officer by close of voting.

If you do not get your envelope in the post on time, you can place it in the ballot box at your local Council office by close of voting.

Your ballot papers must be received by close of voting at 5pm on Friday 7 November.

Nominations closed at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 September 2014 and at local Deputy Returning Officer Ken Coventry conducted a draw for position on the ballot papers, resulting in the following order:

Mayor - 1 Vacancy
Laubsch, Barry Douglas
Secker, Patrick Damien
Lewis, Brenton
Gaborit, Wendy

Area Councillors - 9 Vacancies
Keen, Airlie
Matthews, Tyson
Lance, Sarah
Schubert, Clem Sidney
Toogood, Fred
Wilson, Jerry
Cusack, Tod
Bolton, Mark
Simmons, Keith
England, Bob
Heighes, Penny
Moritz, Steve
Eckermann, Karen
Weinmann, Theo
Millington, Sheila
Baltensperger, Andrew

Further information on candidates will be made available via the Local Government Association website - http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=2644  and
Electoral Commission websitehttp://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/about-ecsa/news/232-candidate-ballot-paper-positions

Election/Caretaker period has commenced
Information on Caretaker period is contained within our Caretaker Policy http://www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Caretaker%20Policy.pdf



Mail out of voting materials to Electors on Council's Voters Roll- will commence Monday 20 October and continue through to Friday 24 October 2014 by Electoral Commission of SA (ECSA)
Council's Voters Roll closed on 8 August 2014 and comprises the House of Assembly Roll for the area (the same used in State and Federal elections) and Council's property roll.   Further information on Council's Voter Roll can be obtained from the link on the side of this page.

Information on voting in Council Elections is provided on the Electoral Commission website http://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/voting/voting-in-council-elections

Last Day for postal issue/reissue of voting materials - 5 pm, Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Last day for personal issue/reissue of voting material - 5 pm, Friday 7 November 2014
(attendance at ECSA and Local Government Centre)

Close of Voting - 5 pm Friday 7 November 2014
(ECSA or Local Government Centre)

Scrutiny and Count- from 9 am, Saturday 8 November 2014
(Local Government Centre)


While voting in Council elections is voluntary, the Rural City of Murray Bridge generally has above State turn out as follows:


No Eligible  Voters



State Ave turnout %


















+ 5.3%





+ 6.7%


First Meeting of the newly elected Council is proposed for 7 pm, Monday 17 November 2014.


Links on our website
Council meeting dates - http://www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=560
Council agendas and minutes - http://www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=561
Council Plans -http://www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/CouncilPlans
Council Policies -http://www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/Council%20Policies

If you have any questions please contact Ros Kruger on 85391407 or r.kruger@murraybridge.sa.gov.au

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