Contenders roll up their sleeves
ROCKHAMPTON'S Dominic Doblo thinks it's time for people to "put up or shut up".
The would-be mayor says he's fed up of people criticising council. His comments come after The Bulletin yesterday asked its readers to give their verdict on the councillors who have steered Rockhampton Regional Council through its first, historic term.
With the region's residents set to go to the poll on Saturday, March 31, for the local government elections, readers have been able to have their say early through an online poll.
The poll generated plenty of response.
By 2.30pm yesterday afternoon more than 200 had taken the opportunity to have a say - and many others posted comments online.
Ironically at this time the man who is campaigning for de-amalgamation, Division 3, Cr Bill Ludwig, was the early poll leader with nearly 30% of the total vote. He had a narrow lead over Mayor Brad Carter with maverick councillor Glenda Mather also polling strongly.
However, at 6.30pm yesterday, Cr Carter had hit the front with 28% of the vote (total respondents - 243).
Mr Doblo, who will challenge Cr Carter for the top job at City Hall, yesterday said he was sick of people criticising the council.
"One of the major problems is that people are sitting back and whingeing," he said.
"Whoever gets in for the next four years - that's democracy and what people voted for.
Mr Doblo challenged people with issues to quit complaining and put their name forward for the coming election. For information on how to nominate go to www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/local-government/index.php and follow the links.