SOCIAL media chatter has been busy with rumours over a mosque proposed for Gladstone, council's "plans" to develop the courtyard opposite its chambers and the council's refusal to fly the indigenous flag.

With the local government elections fast approaching, these are some of the issues have been brought to the forefront of the election debate and candidates are being questioned as to where they stand on each topic.

But the Facebook chat doesn't offer all the facts and today candidates went straight to the source for information.

Candidate Desley O'Grady, who claims to be receiving between 50-100 emails and message a day in general, asked the sitting councillors whether an application to build a mosque had been lodged with the council.

It hasn't.

Mrs O'Grady also asked if the council had any plans to develop the courtyard in front of the Rydges Hotel.

It doesn't.

CEO Stuart Randle pointed out that while the council had been in discussion with the body corporate, the courtyard was on private land and therefore not council's to develop.

Candidate Jody McMullen asked the council to confirm whether or not it flies the indigenous flag outside the council chambers.

It does, but only on "special occasions".

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