DISCUSSION: Mayor Andrew Willcox leading the Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen yesterday. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.
DISCUSSION: Mayor Andrew Willcox leading the Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen yesterday. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times. Inge Hansen

Who gave what to your council candidate?

HAVE you ever wondered who pays for those roadside signs or advertising in the paper spruiking local government hopefuls?

Well, wonder no more - the Electoral Commission of Queensland requires all candidates running for local government to properly disclose all loans and gifts received.

Candidates were required to submit a form by July 4 stating who made donations to their campaign and how much was donated - even if no donation was received.

Mayor Andrew Willcox is on the record as having received about $25,000 in "gifts".

John and Beverley Willcox of Lot 1 /151 Mt Nutt Rd in Bowen gave $10,000, while Andrew Willcox and his wife Raelene donated a further $11,263 to help get him elected.

Former mayor Jennifer Whitney also enlisted help in the form of donated gifts.

Her election campaign was sponsored to the tune of more than $20,000.

Of that, half was donated by an ASIC-registered company named TMT SA Pty Ltd.

When asked what this company was or her connection to its owners, Ms Whitney declined to comment. "If people want to make an issue about who donated to my campaign, that is their issue," she said.

Our fact box shows what is registered on the ECQ website to date.

Donations

Michelle Lynes: $520

Ron Petterson: $1808

Gary Simpson: $1800

John Smith: $2144

Jenny Whitney: $20,427

Andrew Willcox: $25,136

Mark Yore, John Atkinson, Tanya Bandow, David Clark, John Collins, Patrick Faust, Jeff Hawkins, Eric Oliver, Peter Ramage - Nil


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