Opinion

OPINION: When do councillors begin campaigning?

OPINION: Fraser Coast councillors must stay focused and not be blinded, considering their chances of contesting the impending Local Government elections, less than one year away.

These 11 councillors have a contract to serve the community until March 19 next year.

Some ink and breath will be spent on statements in the months leading into those elections but when should the campaigning take over from representation?

Unlike their state counterparts, councillors aren't given the luxury of a starter's pistol to begin sending media releases and forming policies.

It is up to the individual to decide if they'll contest as a councillor or for mayor, and when they will break ranks to campaign.

The 2016 council elections are unpredictable.

This council is prone to political point scoring- the art of making a decision or a statement to strategically boost your own self-worth.

You can expect their egos to rise in the next few months.

Noise from councillors beating their own drum will be louder than a Becker Helicopter.

A sign of who may challenge Gerard O'Connell will be shown on May 6 when nominations are called for the deputy mayor position.

Topics:  campaigning, councillors, election, fraser coast regional council, hayden johnson, local government, opinion



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