Council backs postal voting for 2016 local govt election

COUNCILLORS have overwhelmingly supported a recommendation for postal voting for the 2016 local government elections.

Council have agreed to make the decision known to the new Local Government Minister.

All councils across the state have been asked to outline their preference for how to hold the 2016 elections.

On Wednesday, councillors voted 10 to 1 for a postal election.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was in favour of moving to a postal vote system.

"I think it's the ease for the voter," he said.

"You will get a ballot sent to you and you'll get to send it back."

There are 10 divisions on the Fraser Coast with one councillor representing each.

Cr O'Connell said after a councillor was elected they were required to make decisions that served the best interests of the region.

"Once elected, even divisionally, your role is to be a regional councillor," he said.

Cr O'Connell expects about 70,000 people to vote in 2016 meaning some divisional boundaries may be moved to balance population.