McDowall – Brisbane 2016

Council margin – LNP 23.4%
Mayoral margin – LNP 26.7%

Incumbent councillor
Norm Wyndham, since 2004.

Geography
Northern Brisbane. McDowall covers the suburbs of Bridgeman Downs, Everton Park and McDowall, and parts of Aspley, Chermside West and Stafford.

Map of McDowall's 2012 and 2016 boundaries. 2012 boundaries marked as red lines, 2016 boundaries marked as white area. Click to enlarge.
Map of McDowall’s 2012 and 2016 boundaries. 2012 boundaries marked as red lines, 2016 boundaries marked as white area. Click to enlarge.

Redistribution
McDowall maintained all of its existing territory and gained small parts of Bracken Ridge and Marchant. These changes had no impact on the margin.

History
McDowall was won in 2000 by Labor candidate Rita Collins by a slim 1.1% margin.

In 2004, Collins lost to Liberal candidate Norm Wyndham by a 4.1% margin.

Wyndham was re-elected in 2008 with a 12.6% margin and again in 2012 with a 23.4% margin.

Candidates

Assessment
McDowall was a marginal seat at the peak of Labor support in the year 2000, but in most years is likely to stay with the LNP.

2012 council result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Norman Wyndham Liberal National 15,80473.4+1.873.2
Bettina Currie Labor 5,72726.6-1.826.4
Greens 0.4
Informal4592.1

2012 council two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Norman Wyndham Liberal National 15,80473.4+1.873.4
Bettina Currie Labor 5,72726.6-1.826.6

2012 mayoral result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Graham Quirk Liberal National 15,49071.7+1.071.6
Ray Smith Labor 4,29619.9-3.219.9
Andrew Bartlett Greens 1,4396.7+2.56.7
Rory KillenIndependent2061.0+1.01.0
Chris CarsonIndependent1830.9+0.90.8
Informal3841.8

2012 mayoral two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Graham Quirk Liberal National 15,69976.8+2.076.7
Ray Smith Labor 4,75623.3-2.023.3
Exhausted1,159
Polling places in McDowall at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election. North in green, South-East in orange, South-West in blue. Click to enlarge.
Polling places in McDowall at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election. North in green, South-East in orange, South-West in blue. Click to enlarge.

Booth breakdown
Booths in McDowall have been divided into three parts: north, south-east and south-west.

The LNP’s two-party-preferred vote was lowest in the south-east and highest in the north.

Voter groupLNP council 2PPLNP mayoral 2PPTotal votes% of votes
South-West 73.9 77.4 6,547 29.0
North 77.0 81.4 6,125 27.1
South-East 67.0 69.6 3,836 17.0
Other votes 73.3 75.6 6,073 26.9
Two-party-preferred votes for mayor in McDowall at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Two-party-preferred votes for mayor in McDowall at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Two-party-preferred votes for councillor in McDowall at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Two-party-preferred votes for councillor in McDowall at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.

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