WELCOME to Queensland Times' 2016 Local Government Elections page. This page will be updated as more information comes to hand.
The polls have closed and the counting has started to decide the makeup of the new Ipswich City Council.
We will have the latest results as they come to hand.
Division 7 win for Antoniolli
ANDREW Antoniolli has come out on top after finishing what he described as the most "negative" election campaign he had ever experienced.
"This was a really challenging campaign and I'm truly humbled to be given this opportunity another time," he said.
"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to take Ipswich forward."
The re-elected Division 7 councillor said he was excited to focus on arts, culture and innovation in the next four year term.
"I'd like to thank the people who put their faith in me, it will be rewarded and I won't let them down," Cr Antoniolli said.
"Ipswich is coming of age and the challenge over the next few years is to take it beyond that.
"We've got an exciting new team (and) the arts, culture, creativity and innovation will be the legacy of the next four to eight years."
Cr Antoniolli currently holds just over 66% of the vote with seven booths counted and predicted he would hold 70% once counting was finalised.
Silver, Stoneman and Wendt are Ipswich's three new councillors
AT 8.50 pm on election night the QT can state confidently that Kerry Silver, Kylie Stoneman and Wayne Wendt are three new councillors in Division 3, 4 and 5 respectively.
Cr David Morrison (Div 1), Cr Paul Tully (Div 2), Cr Cheryl Bromage (Div 6), Cr Andrew Antoniolli (Div 7), Cr Charlie Pisasale (Div 8) and Cr David Pahlke (Div 10) are all set be returned along with Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasle.
In Division 9 Darren Baldwin is just ahead of Cr Sheila Ireland with preferences likely to see him prevail.
Charlie in almost unbeatable position
CHARLIE Pisasale is back to represent Division 8.
With three booths counted Cr Pisasale was on 75 per cent and is in an almost unbeatable position to be returned.
Attwood calls it for Silver
KERRY Silver has claimed victory in Division 3 after just three of 18 booths have been counted.
Ms Silver was on 34 per cent with Danny Donohue in second on 26 per cent of the vote.
Cr Victor Attwood called it for Ms Silver and the lady herself was also confident.
"I think Division 3 will be held by a new councillor...Kerry Silver," she said.
"I am really excited to be able to keep working with the community and get started on all the things I made commitments to."
Preferences are still to be counted but Ms Silver remained confident.
Wendt on course to claim Division 5
EARLY indications show that Wayne Wendt will take out the highly coveted Division 5 council seat.
Mr Wendt leads at 38% followed by Anne Webber at 15% and Peter Robinson at 14% with two booths counted.
Official results will be revealed in the coming hours.
Pisasale claims victory
HE has called it.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is claiming the sweetest of victories in the mayoral race.
With nine booths counted Cr Pisasale is trending towards an emphatic victory over Gary Duffy and Peter Luxton.
"I am calling it because the people of Ipswich have spoken," Cr Pisasale said.
"My scrutineers on the ground tell me I am tracking for 80 to 90 per cent.
"With all the rubbish thrown at me the people of this city have sent a clear message that they appreciate all my hard work.
"I will never let them down."
Neumann calls it
With the polls closing at 6pm, Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann is predicting big wins for Mayor Paul Pisasale and sitting councillors Cheryl Bromage, Andrew Antoniolli, David Morrison and Paul Tully.
The news is not good for their colleague, Sheila Ireland who is facing a strong challenge from Jade Connor and Darren Baldwin in Division 9, with Neumann expecting Baldwin to take the seat.
"It's also going to be very close in Division 5 where Anne Webber, Wayne Wendt and Peter Robinson are vying for votes."
Click the video link below to listen to his full report
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Silver predicts she'll win gold
DIVISION 3 candidate Kerry Silver has been tipped to win top spot in today's council election.
The council hopeful said she felt good after hearing positive things from those in her electorate.
"I think we'll be seeing a result tonight," she said.
Franklin's big talk worries Pahlke
ACCORDING to sitting Division 10 councillor David Pahlke today's race will be a tight one between him and Steve Franklin.
Cr Pahlke said he has been out and about visiting booths and has heard rumours that Franklin was feeling confident.
"Steve Franklin's telling everyone he's confident of winning but I'm getting much more good feedback than bad," he said.
Webber polling strongly in Division 5
WITH less than two hours before polling booths close real estate agent Anne Webber is feeling quietly confident of a solid result.
The QT has learned that Ms Webber is polling strongly in what looms as a three-way battle with Ipswich Jets CEO Wayne Wendt and accountant Peter Robinson.
The Division 5 candidate has been visiting voting locations throughout the day and said she was thrilled with the support from residents so far.
ALP push to win Division 9 for right faction member Baldwin
THE full force of ALP resources is being swung into action to get Darren Baldwin over the line in Division 9.
Mr Baldwin, a right faction member of the ALP, is on track to spring an upset over Cr Sheila Ireland in Division 9.
But to give him a final push to the finish line Blair MP Shayne Neumann said more workers were being sent to Springfield Lakes and Redbank Plains to hand out how to vote cards for Mr Baldwin.
Stoneman on track to be first past the post
IT is way too early to call it, but Kylie Stoneman has emerged as the hot favourite on election day to be the first new councillor past the post.
Ms Stoneman, aiming to be the new councillor in Division 4 after the retirement of Bruce Casos, has an army of volunteers in purple shirts handing out how to vote cards across her division.
Scrutineers tell the QT the feedback has been strong with many residents voting for the ALP member.
High drama with evidence of dirty tricks in Division 3
HIGH drama has erupted in Division 3 with evidence of a dirty tricks campaign coming to light.
Word from the booths is that Jim Dodrill and Kerry Silver are neck and neck and polling well.
But someone has gone to great lengths to discredit both Mr Dodrill and Ms Silver in the leadup to today's election, the QT has learned.
Ireland in early trouble in Div 9 as Baldwin makes move
THE political career of Cr Sheila Ireland is on the rocks as early exit polls suggest challenger Darren Baldwin is the early favourite to claim Division 9.
Baldwin is doing well in Springfield Lakes where he lives, and his grass roots campaign is also bearing fruit in Redbank Plains.
Mr Midnight gets the best spot to woo Goodna's voters
MR Midnight is what we'll be calling him from now on.
Cr Paul Tully was not howling at the moon when the clock struck midnight on Friday.
But he was setting up his election table in prime location to make sure he was in poll position to talk to the good voters of Division 2 in today's local government election.
Cr Tully set up his table right on midnight with all his election material outside the entrance to the booth at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School in Goodna.
Pisasale to push for transparency after months of "tacky" tactics
Voting is underway in the 2016 Ipswich City Council election.
Paul Pisasale and Cheryl Bromage have cast their votes.
The mayor and the councillor were joined at the polling station at Ipswich State High School by the mayor's daughter.
Speaking to the media after casting his vote, Pisasale said he was glad the election day had arrived and was looking forward to focusing on the future.
Pisasale said he felt confident the people of Ipswich would return him and the majority of the sitting councillors.
He said that unfortunately that at times the election campaign had got personal, describing it as "tacky" and "grubby".
He added that his plan moving forward was to increase the transparency of council to counteract some of the claims that had dogged him and his fellow councillors over the past 12 months.
Where to vote
Most divisions will have booths at the Catholic Church Hall on Robertson Rd in Eastern Heights, Ipswich East State School, Bundamba State School and the TAFE campus on Mary St, Bundamba.
Regional voters can vote for most divisions at Grandchester, Haigslea and Marburg state schools.
The Pine Mountain public hall and Willowbank's Girl Guides Hall will open as booths for divisions 5 and 10.
What can I expect on the ballot paper?
When you do head to the polls be prepared to fill out three ballot papers; one to select the councillors you would like to see elected, one for the mayoral candidates and a third paper on the State Government referendum.
Full list of candidates for Ipswich council election
A FULL field of candidates have nominated to run for Ipswich City Council in today's election.
It is the first time since 2004 that all councillors have been opposed.
A total of 38 candidates will face the poll with two mayoral candidates standing against Mayor Paul Pisasale.
To find out more about each councillor or candidate, click the hyperlink.
Election day heating up
A late summer change means things will be heating up on election day in Ipswich.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting of a maximum 35 degrees in the city today.
Winds will be light and north easterly in the morning, changing to north easterly in the afternoon.
The hot snap won't last long, with a maximum of 29 predicated for tomorrow.
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