Livingstone Mayoral candidate Kay Becker
Livingstone Mayoral candidate Kay Becker

Kay Becker goes on the attack saying Ludwig breaks promises

LIVINGSTONE mayoral candidate Kay Becker has launched a personal attack on rival Bill Ludwig accusing him yesterday of "broken promises"

Ms Becker came out firing claiming the former Livingstone Shire Mayor and current Rockhampton Regional councillor couldn't keep his word because he promised not to run for mayor again if de-amalgamation was successful.

She claimed he then promised to only run as mayor for the next two years - until the state wide local government election in 2016.

"I'm contesting the mayoral position for the longer term, not the short term like Cr Ludwig, and my only promise is to work very hard and honestly as I have done all my working life," Ms Becker said.

She intended to provide the residents and ratepayers of the new Livingstone Shire with a new beginning, which she said would bring a more harmonious environment within the workplace and the wider business community.

"My new style of management will bring with it the stability this shire has needed for a very long time.

"The chance to serve this community as mayor would be an enormous humbling experience.

"I will dedicate all my energy to the task of ensuring the entire community is heard and represented ... that is my pledge."

Cr Ludwig yesterday said during the de-amalgamation period earlier this year he did not say he wouldn't run for mayor.

"I gave a commitment to the community to finish the job and ensure that the new council is safely established," he said.

"That is what I intend to do. This will be one of the most challenging terms in the history of the shire with a majority of councillors being first-timers.

"With due respect this is a role that basic common sense will tell you needs the most experienced person for the job."

Livingstone Shire residents will go to the polls on Saturday to select their new council.

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