OUR SAY: Precinct to reveal Loft’s influence
WEDNESDAY'S council meeting will set the mood and agenda for the next four years.
It will indicate the influence held by Mayor Chris Loft and his ability to drive policy.
The sports precinct and Fraser Coast Opportunities will be debated - two of Cr Loft's most passionate topics.
To scrap the project was his and several other councillors' primary election commitment.
To stamp his authority and set an agenda for this council, Cr Loft must secure a majority vote and begin steps to stop the sports precinct.
If he cannot deliver on this polarising topic what hope does he have of securing support to pass other pre-election commitments?
Predictions that any councillor supporting the precinct would be defeated in the election were proven wrong.
The two biggest backers of the project, Crs Everard and Stuart Taylor won convincingly, which suggests the tide could be turning in favour of the project.
Every sporting club involved in the project is also now in favour of it.
New councillors Paul Truscott and David Lewis will not rush into any decision on this project.
It will be a similar process when debating Fraser Coast Opportunities.
As Cr Loft always says; councillors should apply their due diligence.