FULL LISTS: Bundy, Gladstone and North Burnett candidates
THERE is now less than one month to go until the Queensland local government elections with candidates able to reveal their intentions since September last year.
There is the likelihood of more candidates entering the race, with deadlines closing tomorrow, and if you know of any then feel free to email and let us know.
But for now, we list those that are on the public record:
BUNDABERG MAYORAL CANDIDATES
So far, mayoral options include Incumbent Jack Dempsey, outgoing Division 4 incumbent Helen Blackburn and Kirt J Anthony.
NORTH BURNETT COUNCIL ELECTIONS
GLADSTONE COUNCIL ELECTIONS
BUNDABERG COUNCIL BALLOT DRAW
BUNDABERG REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Division 1 (includes Moore Park Beach, Avondale, Sharon)
Cr Bartels was voted in in 2016.
He is a trade qualified plumber, drainer and gasfitter and he and his wife ran their own successful plumbing business.
In 2008 Jason was successfully elected as a councillor for the Maranoa Regional Council.
He then sold his plumbing business and devoted the next four years to the council before heading to the Bundaberg region.
The lettuce farmer's main concern would be making sure an open cut coal mine proposed by Fox Resources would never happen, given that it would jeopardise prime agricultural land.
Road improvements and support for small and medium businesses are also of significance to Mr Allison.
FORMER Bundaberg mayoral candidate Peter Wyatt returns to the council election campaign by running for Division 1.
Social equality seems to be at the heart of the Rosedale Rd retiree's policies.
During the 2016 election he promised to take $50,000 from his proposed mayoral salary, convert it to $20 notes and hand it to women with children in local shopping centres the week before Christmas.
This time he promised to donate $30,000 from his remuneration if he was to be elected.
DIVISION 2 (includes Childers, Woodgate, Goodwood)
Cr Trevor has a long association with local government in Queensland, having served initially as a councillor with the former Isis Shire Council prior to becoming mayor in 1993 until amalgamation in 2008.
He serves as deputy mayor for Bundaberg Regional Council.
Cr Trevor comes from a sugar cane farming background in the Childers area.
He is automatically re-elected because no one ran against him.
DIVISION 3 (includes Gin Gin, Wallaville, South Kolan)
Cr Honor is councillor for Division 3, covering an area of 3,749 square kilometres.
He spent four years as a councillor in the previous Kolan Shire Council, working in the area of community services and finance.
Electrician David Ferguson is a local business owner.
Mr Ferguson, 61, said residents he had spoken to felt the large division has been "left behind" compared to coastal parts of the Bundaberg local government area.
GIN Gin builder Paul Bongioletti said he wanted to offer a "fresh approach" in the economic decision making in the Bundaberg Regional Council chamber.
He would like to see spending more streamlined to reflect the local economy.
"We've got a very big corporate empire down at the council that none of the councillors really want to rock the boat," Mr Bongioletti said.
DIVISION 4 (includes CBD, North Bundaberg)
Cr Blackburn will either become mayor or withdraw from council depending on election results (announced November 20).
Helen served in the Australian Army, is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and has worked in community-based organisations such as Lifeline, Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service and Bundaberg Area Youth Service.
She also has corporate experience and ran Vanish Ink in Bundaberg before selling it.
She was elected as Division 4 councillor in 2016.
Alowishus owner Tracey McPhee's focuses as a councillor would be in attracting five-star resort style accommodation, filling empty shop fronts in the CBD, and emphasising the need for residents to buy local products.
"I feel I'm in a position now to make some positive change and just be more involved in the whole community," she said.
Pharmacy assistant Tanya Lee Jones prides herself on being a working mother who feels the pinch of expenses against the local family budget.
"You want the best for your children, you want them to stay," Ms Jones said.
"It would be nice for your family to stay in the one area, to grow, to have good jobs, have a good life, be able to raise a family from the one spot like it was back in the day.
BUNDABERG Division 4 resident John Valuch, 58, was part of a protest criticising lack of climate change policy in Buss Park last year, when someone said to him, "you should run for council."
And he thought, "well, why not?
"I've been quite outspoken for a number of years on a number of issues," he said.
DIVISION 5 (Bargara)
Cr Barnes was first elected to the former Burnett Shire Council in March 2000 and re-elected in 2004.
In 2008 he was elected to the new Bundaberg Regional Council and subsequently re-elected in 2012.
Cr Barnes owned and operated a dive shop and charter boat business prior to entering local government, as well as being involved in a number of community endeavours.
A PUB venue manager has stepped forward to challenge Bargara's long-running councillor, believing change is needed.
Beau Jansen, 31, expects his age will be raised by some Division 5 constituents.
But he said he had lived in the community almost his entire life, and started working in hospitality when he was "about 16".
DIVISION 6 (includes Elliott Heads, Burnett Heads, Coral Cove)
Cr Rowleson, who was elected in 2016 following the stepping down of his father Danny, will not run for re-election (announced November 22).
Division 6 councillor Scott Rowleson said he would not be running in next year's local government election.
Cr Rowleson said he wanted to become "the normal dad on the school gate" and spend more time with his family.
"I guess the only negative of the job is I do commit full-time," he said.
Having spent the past several years serving the community within the business world, Kelly Woods is looking at a new way to help on a larger scale.
Her solution; to join the council. Ms Woods owns Coffee at Kelly's.
Describing herself as a people-person, Ms Woods said she listened to people and wanted to be able to help them solve problems and grow the community.
Zonta Club Bundaberg's president Tanya McLoughlin is contesting for a seat in the local council chamber.
The Burnett Heads massage therapist's political motto is "authentic heartfelt communication".
"A lot of the time people want to just be heard," she said.
DIVISION 7 (includes Svensson Heights, Thabeban)
Cr Sommerfeld will not run, despite confirming on October 7 that he would. In the council meeting on January 21, he announced he would step down.
"The reason is … if you don't know, I'm 64, it's a four-year term and this is not the job it used to be years ago," Cr Sommerfeld said.
THE Bundaberg RSL sub-branch president and former Hinkler candidate Joseph Ellul is shifting focus to local government with the announcement of his Division 7 candidacy.
Having grown up on a Bucca farm, Mr Ellul's life has seen him compete internationally in rugby league and union, deployed to Middle East and in East Timor as an officer in the Australian Army and now he's back home and campaigning for a seat as a councillor within the Bundaberg Regional Council.
LONG-TIME council employee Ramon Creevey has put his hand up for Division 7.
Mr Creevey said he had 35 years' experience in frontline operations with the former Gooburrum and Burnett shires and Bundaberg Regional Council.
He says his operational experience would be a valuable asset when it came to making sound decisions about council spending.
Mitch Pukallus - the health, wellbeing and quality manager at Carinbundi - said his roots in Division 7 went all the way back to his grandparents, who came to Svensson Heights after World War II.
"My children grew up in this division and were educated at Norville State and Bundaberg State High schools respectively," he said.
Mr Pukallus said had lived and paid rates in Bundaberg for 22 years.
He said it was an honour to run for the division
Ex-councillor joins race for Division 7 (announced January 31) FORMER Bundaberg regional councillor Vince Habermann will run for Division 7.
Mr Habermann was the Division 4 councillor from 2012-2016 and is a former NewsMail sports journalist, accountant, public servant and political staffer has Bundy in his blood, with both sides of his family having lived in the region since the 1870s.
In 2008, he received an Order of Australia Medal for service to sport and the community of Bundaberg.
DIVISION 8 (includes Branyan, Avoca)
Cr Cooper has been a resident of Bundaberg for more than 40 years and a resident of Division 8 for 15 years.
He is well known for his long association with the hardware business having previously operated an outlet in Bundaberg for 25 years.
He was elected to Division 8 in a 2018 by-election after David Batt became Bundaberg's MP.
He is automatically re-elected because no one ran against him.
DIVISION 9 (includes Bundaberg East, Kalkie)
Cr Judy Peters announced her intention to step away from council on November 22, leaving the seat open for a new candidate.
Cr Peters was recently recognised by the Local Government Association of Queensland for her 25-years of service to the council, of which she has been a dependable part since Mayor Nita Cunningham's administration in 1994.
As a councillor she aimed to give people a voice, and to ensure their challenges were addressed.
Mr Augutis, 32, is co-owner of Queensland Computers, which he established with his brother Luke in 2005.
While he doesn't live in the division, it does have a special place in his heart.
"It's something I've been thinking about for a while and I feel I'm in quite a unique position to where I have the opportunity to contribute," he said.
Bundaberg Regional Council staffer May Mitchell revealed she will campaign for Division 9.
Mrs Mitchell said that as a councillor she wanted to increase liveability, encourage business, limit rate increases, and to boost outdoor recreation, and she would work with each of the councillors and the mayor to achieve these things.
She also has plans to revamp the Deph Geddes dog off-leash park with extra features.
HOMELESSNESS support worker Chris Foley aims to use local politics to tackle Bundaberg's social issues.
He said as a regional area Bundaberg was doing well with the services it had, but that "it's always good to push" and increase advocacy.
"I have got a number of networks in those services where I could probably offer experience to them as well," he said.
DIVISION 10 (includes Walkervale)
Through his past ownership of Learmonths' Foodworks, John employed and trained hundreds of staff and has also been heavily involved in volunteer groups.
He was voted in during the 2018 by-election in Division 10 after the late incumbent Peter Heuser stepped down from ill health.
Chamber of Commerce president Mr Sayre ran in the by-election in 2018 after Peter Heuser stepped down due to terminal ill-health.
The Division 10 seat was won by John Learmonth.
Mr Sayre said this election was different because he would have a longer campaign, during which he would extensively doorknock to appeal to about 6000 voters in the division.