NQLC Ward Elections - 28 September 2019

August 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

It is that time again when you get to have your say on who you believe should sit on the Board of the North Queensland Land Council.

Ward Elections will take place on Saturday 28 September 2019 within each of the 10 wards. See the below table for venue details. Please note that the election commences at 10:30am sharp everywhere except for Palm Island and Mt Garnet, which commences at 9am sharp


Start time


Cairns Ward  


Cairns & District Darts Association, 40-42 Macnamara Street, Manunda Cairns Qld 4870

Charters Towers/ Hughenden Ward


Charters Towers Regional Council ‘Gold Meeting Room' ’12 Mosman Street, Charters Towers Qld 4820

Innisfail Ward    


CCRC Disaster Training Centre-Main Training Room-11 Flying Fish Point Rd, Innisfail Qld 4860(Next to SES, over the bridge)

Mackay/ Proserpine Ward


Mackay Senior Citizens Assoc.58 Macalister StreetMackay Qld

Mt Garnet Ward  


Mt Garnet CWA Hall, 16 Garnet St, Mt Garnet Qld 4872

Palm Island


PCYC Palm Island HallMain StreetPalm Island Qld

Tableland Ward 


Community Services Tablelands Hall 38 Mable Street. Atherton Qld

Townsville/Ayr Ward    


Thuringowa Library‘Von Stieglitz’ Meeting Room86 Thuringowa DriveThuringowa Central Qld


Tully Ward 


QCWA Hall 5 Plumb Street Tully Qld

Yarrabah Ward  


PCYC Hall Yarrabah57 Back Beach RoadYarrabah Qld


About the Ward Elections

In order for each area of the NQLC footprint to be equally represented within the Board of Directors, the areas were broken up into 10 representative wards: Cairns; Charters Towers/Hughenden; Innisfail; Mackay/Proserpine; Mount Garnet; Palm Island; Tablelands; Townsville; Tully; and Yarrabah. Based on the approximate percentage of members within each ward area, there is one representative in all wards except for Cairns and Tablelands, which have two representatives.
Ward elections run in the fourth quarter of every second year. For a ward election to commence at the advertised start time, there must be a quorum of either 20 people or 20% of the ward’s members, whichever is the lesser. If the quorum is not met by 30 minutes after the advertised start time then the election is automatically postponed for another 30 minutes, whereby a quorum is no longer required.

On the day of the election:

The returning director or a nominated staff member will state the number of directors to be elected, will read out the disqualification rules and call for nominations for director.
For a nomination to be counted, it should be seconded by another member other than the person nominated and the person nominated must accept the nomination.
Nominated members will then need to sign a Consent to Act as Director Form, giving their consent and declaring they are not disqualified.
If more than one person is nominated, a secret ballot will determine who will be elected based on the majority of votes received. If there is only one person nominated, they will be elected unopposed.
The successful candidate/s become Board Members at the close of the next Annual General Meeting following the election. The elected term expires at the second Annual General Meeting after that which is approximately two years. 

Thinking of running for Director?

All eligible members are welcome to run as a Director within their Ward. To find out more, download our brochure on What it Means to be an NQLC Director.