FOR THE RATEPAYER: Jim Baron would be all about the money if he was mayor for the day.
FOR THE RATEPAYER: Jim Baron would be all about the money if he was mayor for the day. Campbell Gellie

Mayor Jim asks the big questions about money

JIM Baron has been in Gladstone for over two years and there is not much about the place he would like to change.

Mr Baron is originally from Brisbane where it is busy, there's lots of traffic and nobody wants to know your name.

"It doesn't matter where you go in Gladstone, people say g'day," he said.

"A lot of people come here without their extended family and friends and are keen to meet people.

"Now when I go back to Brisbane I say 'get me out of here'."

Mr Baron is co-owner of CBS Property and has grown the company in only 18 months.

"I didn't think things would take off as quick as they have for us," he said.

"We now employ four girls in the office and are looking to relocate and take on another.

"The area is good for running a business and will get better in the next eight years."

The businessman said his knowledge of the real estate business makes him question the local council.

"Knowing about the real estate side of Gladstone, if I was mayor I would ask some hard questions," he said.

"I would find out where our ratepayers' monies are going.

"I don't know politics but there is a lot of money going into the coffers from ratepayers and I'd like to see where it is going."

Apart from having a stern word with the treasurer, Mr Baron is pretty happy with what the city has to offer.

"There is just great fishing and great crabbing here," he said.

"Calliope River and Boyne River are great spots, even in the winter."

Mr Baron said it was obvious where people spend their leisure time in the region.

"With a population of around 70,000 people and around 50,000 registered boats, people spend a lot of time on the water," he said.

"A lot of locals have a tinnie for fishing in the rivers and then a big boat to go out on the reef and I don't blame them."



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