Hot topics on the table

Mayoral candidate Chris Whiting talks to the crowd at the Ratepayers Action Group event at Bribie Island Hotel on Sunday. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Mayoral candidate Chris Whiting talks to the crowd at the Ratepayers Action Group event at Bribie Island Hotel on Sunday. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood/SIN010412meet5

DE-AMALGAMATION, council services, Unitywater, development approvals and accountability were the main topics of discussion at the Ratepayers Action Group's Meet the Candidates on Bribie on Sunday.

The event was attended by mayoral candidates businessman Ivan Hall, Cr Chris Whiting, businessman Greg Chapman, environmental scientist Ian Bell, civil engineer John Hall, as well as division 1 candidates financial planner Rick Williams and businessman Denis Johnson, with the noticeable absence of Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland and Division 1 councillor Gary Parsons. Cr Parsons had previously apologised for being unable to attend.

Each candidate was given an opportunity to introduce themselves and their vision for the division or as council mayor.

Denis Johnson is standing because he sees this area as not being given a big enough slice of the cake. He is looking to create youth employment and is concerned about rising costs for aging residents.

Rick Williams said the problems with council services and inaction prompted him to stand for Division 1. He wants to see our roads fixed, more sporting facilities and to look after the environment.

Ivan Hall is concerned about the waste by the present council on buying such properties as the Woodford Festival site and the Lakeside Raceway. He said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

Chris Whiting has been a councillor for 12 years and wants an open and accountable council which includes participation by residents in making the decisions at budget time.

Greg Chapman is concerned about the increase in water charges to residents. He wants council to take charge of the water entity. "That is our water and no one else's", he said.

Ian Bell said he did not like the divisiveness of the present council and the lack of consultation with ratepayers.

John Hall wants attention put on the economic development unit and to re-establish the trust between council and the ratepayers.

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