Outrage: Ratepayers meet.
Outrage: Ratepayers meet.

Angry ratepayers seek candidate

THE ratepayers of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water are so angry at the Gladstone Regional Council that they are planning to run a candidate against acting Mayor Gail Sellars in the upcoming mayoral by-election.

Another meeting of ratepayers is planned for Wednesday night in Agnes Water to secure a candidate before nominations close next Friday for the November 20 mayoral by-election.

Currently Cr Sellars is the only nomination for the position vacated by former GRC mayor George Creed last month due to ill health.

Feelings spilled over at a public meeting of Discovery Coast ratepayers last month, with most in attendance angry at what they said were “exorbitant rates and business charges”.

A Rate Crisis Steering committee was formed.

Seventeen Seventy tourism operator and chief pilot Bruce Rhoades, a member of the committee, said the community may have to take action and running a candidate for mayor was one option.

“The community has a number of positive actions it could take to fix the rate crisis and would look forward to interviewing potential mayoral candidates,” Mr Rhoades said.

“You don’t have to be from the Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy community to be the chosen candidate. As long as you live in the greater Gladstone Region and you want to champion genuine rate reform and help The Discovery Coast survive... you will be very welcome.”

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