ONE of Gladstone's most respected community members has a message for residents ahead of the local elections on April 28 - make sure your voice is heard on polling day.
Bob McCosker, a successful Gladstone industry figure, said residents should take the opportunity to learn more about the nominees running for election and make sure they vote on election day.
As a fierce state election campaign finished three weeks ago, and the local election campaign is in full swing, some in the community might be feeling "election fatigue".
The Observer Meet the Candidates event on Monday will give the public a chance to listen to all candidates make speeches, introduce themselves and then walk around the floor in an informal session of question-asking.
Mr McCosker said such forums were a great way to find out what candidates were about. "Unless you already know them individually, it is the only way that you can actually make your choice," he said.
"(You need to) listen to what they see as the issues and if they align with what you see the issues to be."
"I think it is imperative for everyone at all levels to know the candidates."