Candidates Comments

As we draw close to the elections, I am frequently being asked what I know about the candidates who are opposing me in Division 5.

KRISTINE CARTER

I had never heard of Mrs. Carter until she announced her nomination through Noel Bowman.

I was therefore surprised at her opening volley against the Chamber of Commerce’s Turtle Pool proposal where she questioned the “serious safety and other concerns” of an enclosed wading pool for little kids. I can only assume that she didn’t understand that this is not a Council project but one being proposed by the local Chamber as a community project.

I was also surprised at her attack on the re-sealing project of Bargara Road with her statement that the “The council has just re-surfaced the whole entry into Bargara” “That money could have gone into areas that needed attention”. It would appear that she also doesn’t understand the local road network or the fact that the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) owns Bargara Road up to the Holland Street intersection and that the re-sealing program was  a State Government project and not one being paid for by our ratepayers. Council did however agree to undertake the re-forming of the gravel shoulders so that DTMR could extend the sealing of the road from kerb to kerb (where it existed) to include those shoulders at no cost to Council. This has now provided a much more appealing and wider entrance to the township which will also soon receive the final asphalt seal – again at no extra cost the our ratepayers.

I have always had cordial discussions when I’ve met with Mrs. Carter but as many would know, I have been the target of ongoing vitriolic diatribe by her campaign manager, Noel Bowman which is unfortunate but not unexpected.

FRANK  MUELLER

I first met Frank last year when he approached me and asked for my help in organising a fund-raising event at the Bargara Bowls Club for the family of the late Detective Damian Leeding. It was a very successful event and Frank did a great job in putting it all together.

A couple of  months ago I helped him out over a weekend after receiving reports that heavy rainfall had resulted in a sewerage overflow from a pressurised manhole cover near his home. He was extremely pleased with my attempts to rectify the problem and my offer to personally hose down the mess to save calling out Council staff on overtime. He stated that I was doing as excellent job as the local Councillor, but was later critical of the Council workers who eventually attended to clean up the mess. He offered to help me with the upcoming election campaign but later announced that he was standing as a candidate himself. He was very up front about his nomination and called me to explain that he and his friends all thought that I was doing an excellent job as a Councillor but that he was standing against me in the hope that it may encourage me to nominate for the Mayoral job as he and his friends believed that I was the best qualified person for that position.

I have since met him on a number of occasions and he has always been polite and upfront with his comments.

KERRY SHORT

I have known Kerry for many years and more recently when  I’ve assisted him  with his requests to Council relating to the Cane2Coral Fun Run/Walk.

During a discussion with him on 10th February he advised me that a number of his friends were encouraging him to run for Council but he had declined stating that he thought that I was an doing an excellent job and that he couldn’t imagine being able to handle the constant complaints that go with it. He also advised that he had been involved in some property developments with some associates and family members and had other plans for the next three of four years.

On two subsequent occasions he repeated that he was under a lot of pressure from some of his friends who wanted him to nominate and who had gone so far as to offer to fund his campaign. He stated that he still wasn’t keen to do so but was actually reconsidering his position on the matter.

On 2nd March he left a voicemail message on my phone advising that whilst he respected me and thought that I had done a great job, he had decided to nominate against me because he was looking for a change and a new challenge. Given his earlier comments, I must admit that I was surprised at his decision but grateful that he had kept in contact with me and had made the effort to advise me personally of his decision.

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