Candidates get the facts on Mosque, indigenous flag

CANDIDATES are being bombarded with questions, emails and requests for their opinions online, but some are concerned they're not armed with the facts.

Popular topics that have emerged are a "proposed" Gladstone mosque, water flouridation, the council's stance on raising the indigenous flag and now whether the council is planning to redevelop the square opposite its chambers.

During yesterday's council meeting, two candidates went straight to the source for information.

Candidate Desley O'Grady, who claims to be receiving between 50-100 emails a day posing different questions, asked the sitting councillors whether an application to build a mosque had been lodged with the council.

It hasn't.

Mrs O'Grady also asked if the council had any plans to develop the courtyard in front of the Rydges Hotel.

It doesn't.

CEO Stuart Randle pointed out that while the council had been in discussion with the body corporate, the courtyard was on private land and therefore not the council's to develop. The Observer understands there are plans to develop this square, however the council's involvement is minimal.

Candidate Jody McMullen asked the council to confirm whether or not it flies the indigenous flag outside the council chambers.

It does, but only on "special occasions" as per Federal Government protocol.



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