Tim Griffin.
Tim Griffin. Chris Ison

Decision looms on mayoral bid

FORMER mayoral candidate Tim Griffin will probably decide this week if he will have another tilt at the region's top job.

Tomorrow evening he is staging a consultation meeting with invited guests at the Criterion Hotel to help him “make an informed decision” about whether to challenge Brad Carter.

“I don't want this to be an ego decision, but an informed one based on listening,” he said yesterday.

“I want to listen to the community and see what the priorities are. Some people have been trying to encourage me to step forward and I think there are quite a few people in our community who are not satisfied with the way things have gone.”

He said that as a professional civil engineer he wanted to consider the facts and evidence before announcing his plans.

But he acknowledges that he is “very keen to lead our region”.

Mr Griffin, Rockhampton born and with international experience in local government, was third in the 2008 mayoral race behind Cr Carter and former mayor Jim McRae who, sadly, lost his fight against brain cancer earlier this year.

He has maintained a high public profile and occasionally spoken out against council policies, most recently criticising the decision to levy punishing high charges to schools for recycling services.

In the last race his campaign centred heavily on his analytical approach to problem solving and his passion for the region where his family has lived for five generations.

He said he expected about 50 people to attend tomorrow's meeting, which would seek feedback from those attending on a variety of issues.

No firm date has been fixed for the council elections. Although it is expected they will be held next March much will depend on when Queensland Premier Anna Bligh decides to call the state election.

The Queensland Electoral Commission has stated it does not have the resources to run state and council elections at the same time and there is some speculation that the council elections could be brought forward to avoid a clash.

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