Beware false agendas: mayor
MAYOR Brad Carter is urging region voters not to be swayed by the "false promises" and "populist agendas" promoted by some political hopefuls ahead of April's election.
Cr Carter is predicting a tough battle as he seeks re-election, but has warned people not to fall into the trap of believing candidates promising to wrest control from bureaucrats at City Hall.
On Saturday, The Weekend Bulletin reported mayoral candidate Dominic Doblo saying his election campaign was being bankrolled by business leaders disillusioned by the current balance of power at City Hall.
"I believe this is an easy agenda to run with and, possibly, a populist agenda that demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the provisions of the Local Government Act," Cr Carter said when The Bulletin sought his response. "Clearly the elected council identifies the priorities and projects for the region and not the CEO."
He said he was still planning his campaign strategy and message.
When he sought election four years ago, Cr Carter was backed by members of the business community, most notably Dick MacNevin.
Then his campaign was based on the theme "Get Carter".
"Dick is a good friend of mine and we have maintained regular dialogue and I value his advice on these sorts of matters," Cr Carter said. "I think the campaign strategy and message I go with will be quite different to first-time around."
He reassured the community he would fulfil his duties as mayor for the full duration of the current term, which has had its challenges.
"There have been a number of tough calls that I have taken and supported as mayor," Cr Carter said.
"These calls have been made for the benefit of the whole region and for future generations
"I believe I have set a good standard of leadership and have shown the ability to make the tough decisions, be they unpopular decisions."
He said he did not have access to any polling results of his popularity.
Cr Carter said there was a mood throughout Queensland to topple incumbent mayors who had overseen significant reforms, such as council amalgamations.
"I will be subject to that," Cr Carter said.
"Another difficulty over the next two months will be confusion for the public in terms of what are state and local issues.
"Should the state campaign impact on local government services, I will take the opportunity to defend our community and council."