The Ipswich City Council administration building.
The Ipswich City Council administration building.

Ipswich candidates splash cash on election campaigns

There are just over four weeks until Ipswich residents hit the polls to vote in a new council and keen candidates have already spent more than $145,000 on their campaigns, according to the Electoral Commission Queensland's electronic disclosure system as of yesterday afternoon.

The biggest spender is mayoral candidate David Martin who has spent a total of $33,763, including more than $7,850 on a billboard in Bundamba.

Mr Martin has disclosed $27,000 in donations, which have been broken up into three $9000 increments, with each donor listed as David and Jacqui Martin.

Division three candidate Marnie Doyle has also splashed some cash on her campaign, with her expenditure reaching more than $20,000.

She, too, has invested in a billboard in Bundamba, which cost $5000.

No donations for Ms Doyle have been listed on the electronic disclosure system.

Also, in division three is Toni Gibbs who has spent $16,230.01. Her biggest expense was $5562.40 which was used for her "online campaign and design".

Mayoral candidate Teresa Harding's expenditure is close to $14,000 so far.

Printing campaign T-shirts has been her biggest expense at $2366.00.

Mrs Harding has received $25,500 in donations.

Her largest donation has come from CFCL Pty Ltd  which has donated $8000 to her campaign.

The amount of donations has been almost as high as the amount spent on campaigns, with candidates receiving a combined $144,072.

The mayoral candidates have received more than half of that.

Division four candidate Kate Kunzelmann has received $20,950 in donations. Most of which has come from John Fraser.

Ursula Monsiegneur has received close to $14,000 in donations, but has only spent half of that on her campaign.



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