Council candidate to address 'serious' dangerous dog problem
RUNNING against rural councillor James Hansen, Burrum Town resident Les Gallagher has pledged to fix the "serious" dangerous-dog problem on the Fraser Coast.
Returning to politics for the first time since standing in the 2010 Federal Election for the Climate Sceptics Party, Mr Gallagher will stand for division one.
Concerned about the dogs in the region, Mr Gallagher wants to take power away from the council and refer any dog attack to police.
"It is only going to be a matter of time before you read the headlines in the local media, 'child suffers fatal attack from pitbull', he said.
"These dogs are a dangerous weapon, and if anyone is maimed or killed, the owners should be held accountable and face the full force of the law.
"The next serious dog attack should not be referred to the council but to the proper authorities and dealt with by the police."
Ms Gallagher wants to address the "inequity of rates in the rural areas" of the Fraser Coast.
"We pay the same rates as the folks in the city but out here there is inadequate street lighting, no curb or guttering and mostly no houses connected to the sewerage system," he said.
"Maybe the council should allocate a small reduction in rates paid for the lack of services and infrastructure in this area."