Council doesn’t need another ‘rich boy’
COOLOOLA Cove mayoral candidate Doug Anderson says it is about time Gympie Region had an "ordinary Gympie person" as mayor.
And he says anyone in touch with ordinary Gympie Region residents should know rates are too high - and so are the more hidden costs.
"The infrastructure levy is one that gets me. I'll be doing what I can to get it dropped," he said.
"That would lower the rates bill by $110 a year.
"They take all that money and it goes into a fund. The council has a lot of money. The people don't.
"I'm running because we can't just have the rich boys running the council," Mr Anderson said.
"Probably 90% of people in Gympie aren't rich.
"People are either working hard for their money or struggling on a pension.
"We don't need another rich person or someone who's had a government job all their lives and don't know what it's like to do it tough."
Mr Anderson has been in small business, having operated a fish and chips shop at Mooloolaba and a jet boat joy riding business on the Maroochy River.
To the north, he ran for Bob Katter's KAP in the 2012 state election for the seat of Bundaberg, coming from literally nowhere to achieve a vote of 15.4% of the primary vote in the election.
He came in third after the sitting member Jack Dempsey (now Police Minister) for the LNP, who won outright with 53.1% of the vote and Cindy Hyland for Labor.
Mr Anderson says it is time for a new approach.
"Hopefully, people want a mayor they can talk to, who will listen to them and hopefully will do a better job."
Mr Anderson said young people needed safe recreation areas for Friday and Saturday night, but mostly it is the money.
"The ratepayers haven't got bottomless pits of money.
"All government needs to be accountable for what they spend money on and they need to take on board the opinions of people in the electorate."
The compulsory option
DON'T be fooled by the word "optional".
Voting is absolutely compulsory in mayoral and state elections.
But with two election campaigns going at once, overlapping voter and candidate deadlines, and different voting methods, confusion is to be expected.
Returning officer for both polls, Ken Garner, referred inquiries to the Electoral Commission of Queensland website, where it is made clear that voting is compulsory, under an optional preferential system.
In each of the two elections, voters are advised to vote for their Number 1 preferred candidate, with the option of allocating second, third and other preference votes as they see fit - and that is the only optional thing about it..
Postal voting is possible in the State Election, but is the only way to vote in the mayoral by-election..
Premier Campbell Newman announced the January 31 State Election and writs were issued last Tuesday.
Would-be candidates must nominate by noon today at the ECQ website or with returning officer Ken Garner at 11 Tozer St, Gympie.
People who may be away on polling day can lodge a postal ballot from now until 7pm on Wednesday, January 28.
Pre-poll voting in person opens next Monday at 9am and is available until 6pm Friday, January 30.
Electoral visitor applications are open until 7pm on January 28, with voting from 9am tomorrow to 6pm on polling day, January 31.
In-person booth voting will take place at polling booths across the Gympie electorate from 8am to 6pm on polling day and postal ballots must be returned to arrive with the returning officer by 6pm, February 10.
Friday, 5pm: deadline for voter enrolment updates
Monday noon: close of candidate nominations
Tuesday, January 20, 10am: draw for order of candidates on ballot
Jan 23: mailout of ballot material to voters
February 7: polling day
Today noon: Close of candidate nominations
January 28, 7pm: close of postal pre-poll voting January 30 6pm: close of in person pre-poll
January 31 (polling day) 6pm: voting closes
February 10: cut-off for return of postal votes