Mayor Mal For­man is call­ing it quits af­ter serv­ing the Bund­aberg re­gion for 14 years

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MAL For­man has stepped down from the Bund­aberg may­oral race as his first term draws to a close, cit­ing a se­vere eye con­di­tion.

“The com­ing of the new year has meant deep re­flec­tion for me re­gard­ing my val­ues and fam­ily,” Cr For­man told the coun­cil at yes­ter­day morn­ing’s meet­ing.

“Fol­low­ing con­sid­er­able con­sul­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion with my wife Joy and fam­ily, cou­pled with ad­vice from my oph­thal­mol­o­gist and doc­tor, I have made a de­ci­sion to step out of the pub­lic arena.”

A cor­ru­ga­tion on his cornea flared up in Septem­ber, forc­ing him to can­cel a trip to China, and has made read­ing and us­ing com­put­ers “a con­sid­er­able chal­lenge”.

“I am ex­tremely re­luc­tant to walk away from coun­cil hav­ing spent 14 years serv­ing our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ru­mours of the Mayor’s de­par­ture had been around for sev­eral months, can­di­date and lo­cal me­chanic Troy Ma­dle said.

“I feel sorry for Mal as he has health prob­lems,” Mr Ma­dle said.

“I don’t take for granted for one minute that this is go­ing to be easy.

“I’ve got a very good op­po­nent in Jack Dempsey and the elec­tion hasn’t been called yet, so plenty more peo­ple may yet (chal­lenge).

“I’m go­ing to keep my head down and my bum up, as they say, and keep work­ing hard.”

Mr Dempsey ex­pressed his best wishes for Mr For­man.

“I feel for Mal – it’s a de­mand­ing job and it takes a toll on you, not just phys­i­cally, but on you and your fam­ily as well,” he said.

“Mal and his fam­ily have ded­i­cated a lot of time and ef­fort to the whole of the re­gion. I wish him and his fam­ily all the best for the fu­ture.”

If elected, Mr Dempsey said, he would look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing some of the projects still un­der way and work­ing hard to unite the re­gion – some­thing he felt had not been com­pleted since the amal­ga­ma­tion.

“Peo­ple are dis­il­lu­sioned,” he said. “I’ll be mak­ing sure that no mat­ter where peo­ple are in the re­gion, they get the best value for the rates they pay, and en­sur­ing ev­ery­one works to­gether as a team.”

Elise Cot­tam said “the more the mer­rier” when it came to the race, and she had been fol­low­ing Mr For­man’s work for years, but that she was more fo­cused than ever on her cam­paign.

“We’re go­ing out and get­ting to know what the com­mu­nity wants and what their needs are.”

Can­di­date Reid Schirmer was con­tacted but did not re­spond be­fore dead­line.

Nom­i­na­tions for the may­oralty are still open.

Mal For­man I am ex­tremely re­luc­tant to walk away from coun­cil

Mal For­man will not con­test the com­ing elec­tions.

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