PHOTOS: Two minutes for candidates to make their plea

ALMOST all the council candidates fronted Saturday morning's meet and greet at the CQUniversity Gladstone campus.

Most took the two minute speak time as an opportunity to list their qualifications and previous work history while others outlined the more personal qualities that they think make them a good councillor.

The quiet crowd of about 60 people soaked up all the information, and gave warm applause to the candidates.

Hot topics for the morning were rates, roads and jobs.

The words leadership, community and small business were mentioned in almost all of the speeches.

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Some chose to share jokes and generate a few laughs --- while others kept it very serious.

Residents like Rodney Spratt wanted to find out more about how the candidates would actually benefit Gladstone.

Taking his vote seriously, he had a notepad snug on his lap, with every candidate's name. Next to the names was either a tick or a cross.

"I have an issue with the management of the airport," the pilot said.

"I noticed today there was a lot of motherhood statements --- anyone can say that, I wanted to know how they would actually help Gladstone," he said.

Mr Spratt approached each candidate in the foyer to pose his questions to them.

Linton and Shirley Harvey, Wurdong Heights residents, said they now had a better idea on who they will be voting for on March 19.

They were listening for candidates who mentioned the outer Gladstone region --- which was most of them.

"We're very keen for the Boyne Valley to get better roads and communications, it's terrible what they have to go through," she said.

The Observer will host a mayoral debate open to the public at CQ University on Tuesday night from 6pm-8pm. Details here.




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