September 10 - 16, 2017: Issue 329
Local Government Election Results Show Very High Informal Vote Rate
At the Local Government Elections held on Saturday September 9th the Informal Rate has averaged at 11.33%; pretty high, in fact, way above average across the board, the lowest percentage being in Manly, at 7% and the highest in the Curl Curl Ward where a staggering 12.8% either made a mistake or deliberately chose to snub these elections. Narrabeen and Pittwater also had a high ratio of Informal Voters, Narrabeen at 11.94% and Pittwater at 11.33%.
Informal votes fluctuate with 5% being the national average in any form of election in recent years. Past studies post-election have cited a presence of higher numbers of people from culturally diverse or voters from a non-English speaking background being the cause of Informal Votes. With almost 12% of 264 225 people either choosing to or involuntarily voting informally, well over 26 thousand residents have either turned their backs on this ‘brave new world’ and still refuse to acknowledge the council we had to have or the Ballot paper was a mystery to them.
There is clearly a great many, a silent majority, who have voted, well not voted really, with their feet/pen.
Figures for those who did not turn up to vote informally were unavailable as we went to press.
In Pittwater Alex McTaggart won the most votes solely for a candidate, gaining four times more than the next person, Kylie Ferguson, with Robert Hopton just a short way behind the former Deputy Mayor of Pittwater. The Liberals won the most votes overall with the Northern Beaches Independents topping the other votes.
In Narrabeen Vincent DeLuca OAM won the most personal votes, followed by Conny Harris with the Liberals and the Northern Beaches Independents still outstripping all others.
What may rankle those still opposed to being ruled by any former Warringah guise is that the three councillors who voted against taking legal action to save Pittwater will now be their representatives once again, with the Liberals and Kylie Ferguson far outstripping any other Group, followed by Mr. Mc Taggart and then Ian White, now part of the Michael Regan led Northern Beaches Independents.
Despite a clear undercurrent of prevailing outrage in Pittwater of being forced to be reunited with Warringah, if 89% of residents really did want to retain Pittwater Council they either forgot yesterday or have been won over by familiar smiles - likewise for any disaffection with the Liberal Party.
The statistics available at midnight are HERE
Funds For Barrenjoey Community Performance Space
On Wednesday, September 6th, Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes announced funding to assist with the construction of a Community Performance Space at Barrenjoey High School.
Community Groups Input Seemingly Ignored In B-Line Consultations
Following the Media Release from the Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater, (Misleading B-Line Rumours Are Unhelpful - published Issue 328) which was addressing a letter being circulated at Narrabeen, renewed community scrutiny of B-Line proposals for Newport, and the downgrading of services to Palm Beach, have been the subject of emails and phone calls this week.
Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp presented by Wahu on Northern Beaches This Weekend
CHAMPIONS CROWNED ON DAY ONE OF THE WOOLWORTHS SURFER GROMS COMP PRES. BY WAHU ON NORTHERN BEACHES
MC38 Winter Regatta Act 4, 2017
On Sydney Harbour Hosted By Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Lightspeed Bows Out As Ginger Consolidates Winter PointscoreEvent: MC38 Winter Regatta Act 4, September 9-10, 2017 on Sydney Harbour hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club
September 9, 2017
The loads on the MC38 fleet racing in 20-25 knots and big seas took their toll early on day one of one design class’ Winter Series, Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed suffering bow damage which finished their day prematurely, and ultimately their regatta.
"MC38 Lightspeed won't be sailing tomorrow, the damage to the hull is extensive and needs time to repair,” Barlow said late Saturday afternoon after Lightspeed was fully assessed at Woolwich Dock having bowed out of race one without recording a finish.
Speaking on the blow-out coming into the first bottom mark when a 25 knot gust hit Barlow said, “I don’t know what boat speed we were doing but we were in good shape at the time and bearing away with the gust. The bobstay was ok but the lateral force on the pole split the side of the hull when the pole protrudes out, and we ended up a bow sprit pole sheared in half. The loads on these boats in 20 knots and heavy seas is massive but I’m philosophical; these things happen. We are disappointed but look forward to the next regatta.”
Leslie Green’s Ginger is firm favourite to take out the four-part MC38 Winter Series pointscore, finishing ahead on points and the North Sails boat of the day thanks to Saturday’s three wins. They lost the final race of the day to Neville Crichton’s Maserati, steered by TP52 owner Matt Allen, and scraped into second place by two seconds over Chris Hancock’s Vino.