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Council hopefuls speak up

David Dalgleish.
David Dalgleish. Alistair Brightman

INCUMBENTS fought hard to defend their council legacy just as their competitors argued for change in the Hervey Bay Meet the Candidate event last night.

Sue Brooks, David Dalgleish and Belinda McNeven all defended the actions of the existing council as they tried to win over voters, with Mr Dalgleish arguing Fraser Coast Regional Council was one of the first to work though the horrible period that was amalgamation.

When asked how she would rate the actions of the existing council, Ms McNeven drew both laughs and applause as she gave herself and the council an eight out of 10.

Candidate's backgrounds in business also featured heavily in their pitches as many argued the new council would need to stimulate tourism, economic growth and development.

The first speaker of the night, Division five candidate Julie Morrison, summed the night up when she predicted basic infrastructure such as footpaths, drainage and roads would also be a major theme across all speeches.

Many of those who had formerly served as councillors warned voters to elect experience, with Division five candidate Jim MacKellar comparing councillors to apprentices.

Topics:  council elections, election, mayoral candidates




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