Figures show cash not the final arbiter in campaign
MONEY is not necessarily a guarantee of power.
You only need look at Electoral Commission Queensland information on Rockhampton and Livingstone election monetary donations declared by the candidates from both councils.
The Morning Bulletin obtained ECQ monetary disclosure reports, which are available to the public, for Livingstone Shire councillors, Rockhampton Regional Council mayoral candidates and councillors during their campaigns.
Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig received $6500 for his campaign in last year's election, Cr Nigel Hutton received $1695.50 and Cr Brian Fisher received close to $10,000.
Cr Jan Kelly received $1720, as well as 20,000 A4 sheets from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for campaign flyers.
But, ultimately, it was the community's confidence in the candidate's ability to deliver and actually get the job done that counted.
Read full story in today's (February 17) paper.