OPINION: No clean escape for councillors

OPINION: All eyes really are on the council at the moment.

If you want proof, look at how quickly a member of the public pounced on Mayor Gerard O'Connell and Councillor Robert Garland when they were spotted leaving a bag of rubbish behind after a photo shoot promoting Clean Up Australia Day.

The irony was just too much to resist - it quickly did the rounds on social media, and many of the comments were not printable.

While arrangements appear to have been made for removing the rubbish after the media call (which was arranged by the council), it just goes to show how much scrutiny is on the actions of our elected officials - and how quickly people can add up two and two to conclude "five".

We expect better of these people than from "ordinary Joes", and they will be criticised for the smallest thing.

If people are going to criticise the council, there are many more serious issues to pick on. This blooper was simply that - a bit of a clunker, and something people should laugh about.

Given the amount of rubbish in Hervey Bay, I'd even consider it a positive bit of publicity for the Clean Up Australia Day event.

But the reaction to this photo says a million words about public sentiment towards our leaders.

Have your say and join the conversation in the comments section below. 



Hip hip mo-ray! The mos are here to stay

premium_icon Hip hip mo-ray! The mos are here to stay

'Movember is kind of like R U OK? Day, but for blokes.'

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: The second Barge2Beach ocean swim

premium_icon DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: The second Barge2Beach ocean swim

The second Barge2Beach is in the books but you've never it like this!

Workers ripped off $1.2b each year

premium_icon Workers ripped off $1.2b each year

More than 400,000 Qld workers are being ripped off by employers.

Local Partners