Would-be mayor in love with Rocky
DOMINIC Doblo picked Valentine's Day to pose the question: Rockhampton will you mayor me?
The landscaper and would-be politician backs up his proposition with a quick summary of what the voters will get if they say yes.
"I won't let ratepayers get pushed around like they are in Gracemere at the moment for a start.
"There's plenty of land standing idle between Kabra and Stanwell so why put stress on people unnecessarily," he says.
"From what I've seen of the council at its meetings it really needs strong leadership to provide unity and direction. It's certainly not there at the moment."
The Doblo campaign will be based around his pledge to make the region a better place to do business and a better place to live.
"All the policies will flow from that," he says.
"That's why I'm so concerned about the council's lack of action on the Great Keppel Island proposal.
"This is a billion dollar project that will create up to 1000 jobs but the council has sat on its hands and not lobbied hard for it.
"The region can't afford for this project to get knocked back.
"The mining boom won't last forever and we have to diversify to prosper," he said.
Mr Doblo said he wanted to make it clear that he would not do a preference deal with any of his opponents in the mayoral race.
"A vote for me will be for what I stand for and what I believe in, not for anything else."
The only possible exception would be if former council parks and gardens supremo Tom Wyatt were to join the race.
"I've not spoken with Tom so I don't know if he's running.
"If he does I would do a preferences deal with him because I believe we share the same vision."
He said he would roll out a series of policies as the council elections got nearer including a major push for a high school for Gracemere.