Our Say: Bring out the best from this election result

AS THE final votes are being tallied for the Queensland Local Government elections there has been a lot of talk about how it has brought out the worst in people.

It has been a big election, not just in Central Queensland, with a record 1787 candidates vying for seats in 76 councils across the state.

But it hasn't been friendly rivalry in all camps.

Local Government Association of Queensland spokesman Greg Hallam has even been quoted as saying it was one of the toughest and dirtiest elections in living memory.

We've had our share of that here too.

There has been a large amount of election-related correspondence coming in to The Morning Bulletin that hasn't been able to be published for legal reasons.

Personal attacks and unsubstantiated claims for starters.

This has not only come from members of the public via SMS and letters to the editor, but also from candidates themselves.

I for one found it frustrating that there was so much focus on negativity and not on ways to keep CQ moving forward.

It was refreshing to see some of the Livingstone Shire Council candidates supporting each other during pre-polling, and even going through to voting day.

They happily posed for photos together and even had their own group photos on social media, wishing each other good luck.

That's what a small community needs.

Councillors who look up to the possibilities not down on their competitors.

Councillors who support each other and our community.

Councillors who work together.

Councillors who can bring out the best in our community.



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