Ludwig our best performer in poll
IT was a fluctuating poll but when voting stopped yesterday afternoon, Yeppoon-based councillor Bill Ludwig had won by a whisker.
Cr Ludwig captured one vote more than Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter in The Morning Bulletin's online poll to find who readers thought was the best performer at City Hall.
Cr Ludwig and Cr Carter, who have frequently found themselves at loggerheads in the current term, had 20% of the 812 votes registered in the week-long poll.
Interestingly, councillors from the former Livingstone Shire polled better than those from the former Rockhampton City Council.
Both Crs Ludwig and Carter said the paper's poll could not be considered conclusive.
They're far more interested in the number of votes they get on election day.
The region's residents go to the polls for real on Saturday, March 31.
"It couldn't be considered conclusive, but it's an indication of the level of support for the things that I'm putting forward, not just for the Capricorn Coast, but things for the whole region," Cr Ludwig said yesterday.
Cr Carter said people had to be cautious about any poll.
"The campaign that I'm going to have to conduct will be very tough," he said.
"While it's encouraging to see that result, I'm still very much aware there's a lot of work to be done.
"It's been a very steep learning curve that can be likened to a four-year apprenticeship.
"I've been very pleased to have the opportunity to represent this region for the past four years."
Cr Ludwig said it was good to have a close result, however, he ruled out running as a mayoral candidate.
"I want to stay representing the Capricorn Coast," he said.
Cr Sandra O'Brien, who polled 1% of the vote as did Cr Greg Belz, said the only poll she took any notice of was the one on election day.
"I haven't rung around to ask people to vote for me. I've done the opposite," she said.