Pullenvale – Brisbane 2016

Council margin – LNP 31.0% vs GRN
Mayoral margin – LNP 32.4%

Incumbent councillor
Margaret de Wit, since 1997.

Geography
North-western Brisbane. Pullenvale covers a large part of the Brisbane City Council area with little to no population, but most of its population lies in suburbs on north side of the Brisbane River to the west of the city centre, including Kenmore, Bellbowrie and Moggill.

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

Redistribution
Pullenvale has maintained all of the territory contained in the ward prior to the redistribution, gaining small areas from Walter Taylor and Toowong/Paddington wards. These changes had a minimal impact on the ward’s margins.

History
Pullenvale has been a safe Liberal ward for a long time.

Margaret de Wit has held this ward since 1997. De Wit won with a 17.4% margin in 2000, 29% in 2004, 30.6% in 2008 and 31.2% in 2012 (the last time against the Greens).

de Wit rose to the position of chairman of the council, which she held until she announced her council retirement in 2015.

Candidates
Sitting LNP councillor Margaret de Wit is not running for re-election.

Assessment
Pullenvale is the safest LNP ward in the city.

2012 council result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Margaret De Wit Liberal National 16,80274.8+0.874.8
Grace Johnston Labor 2,67611.9-3.413.3
Anne Gardiner Greens 2,97813.3+2.611.9
Informal3571.6

2012 council two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Margaret De Wit Liberal National 16,97281.281.0
Anne Gardiner Greens 3,93918.819.0
Exhausted1,719

2012 mayoral result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Graham Quirk Liberal National 16,63074.1+0.374.1
Ray Smith Labor 2,79712.5-3.812.5
Andrew Bartlett Greens 2,72112.1+3.912.1
Rory KillenIndependent1730.8+0.80.8
Chris CarsonIndependent1290.6+0.60.6
Informal3551.6

2012 mayoral two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Graham Quirk Liberal National 17,01882.4+2.182.4
Ray Smith Labor 3,64217.6-2.117.6
Exhausted1,790
Polling places in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election. East in green, North in blue, South in orange. Click to enlarge.
Polling places in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election. East in green, North in blue, South in orange. Click to enlarge.

Booth breakdown
Booths in Pullenvale have been split into three parts: east, north and south. The north covers those booths not near the river.

The LNP’s primary vote ranged from 72.5% in the east, to 80.9% in the north.

The Greens outpolled Labor in all three areas, ranging from 10.9% in the north to 15% in the east. Labor polled 8% in the north and 12.5% in the east and south.

Voter groupGRN councilALP councilLNP councilTotal votes% of votes
South12.612.574.98,68938.7
East15.012.572.56,86930.6
North10.98.180.92,35110.5
Other votes13.111.875.14,54120.2
Liberal National primary votes for councillor in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Liberal National primary votes for councillor in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Labor primary votes for councillor in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Labor primary votes for councillor in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Greens primary votes for councillor in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.
Greens primary votes for councillor in Pullenvale at the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.

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