Who will be Divi­sion 2 leader?

The race is on for the divi­sion’s top spot

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

NER­VOUS can­di­dates stand­ing for Divi­sion 2 took the floor at the Isis Cul­tural Cen­tre last week.

Fac­ing other pas­sion­ate lo­cals, each can­di­date was given five min­utes to voice why they should be elected to the coun­cil.

The evening was hosted jointly by the Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Isis District Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers were im­pressed with the strong turnout, with more than 140 res­i­dents from Divi­sion 2 in at­ten­dance.

John Russo chaired the fo­rum and de­tailed how the event would run.

Each can­di­date was given two ques­tions that were drawn from a hat and can­di­dates had no prior knowl­edge of the ques­tions put for­ward.

Lead­ing up to the event, the divi­sion was giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to sub­mit their ques­tions for the fo­rum, as no ques­tions were al­lowed from the floor.

Or­gan­is­ers said they re­ceived a lot of great ques­tions and it was un­for­tu­nate they were un­able to get through them all.

Four of the five can­di­dates stand­ing for the Divi­sion 2 lead­er­ship were present on the night – Julie Green, Bill Trevor, Jim Nilon and Paul McCar­ragher. Not in at­ten­dance was Stan Ed­wards.

First to speak was Bill Trevor, who said he be­lieved his ties to the re­gion and his past po­si­tion as Isis mayor gave him the ex­pe­ri­ence to lead the com­mu­nity into the fu­ture.

Paul McCar­ragher said it was not about what he wanted but what the com­mu­nity wanted and what was best for the divi­sion, in­clud­ing more jobs for the re­gion.

Julie Green said she was pas­sion­ate about Childers and im­prov­ing jobs for the youth, say­ing she wanted to grow the econ­omy, pro­mote the re­gion and en­cour­age tourism.

Jim Nilon said his main drive was to fu­ture-proof the re­gion’s agri­cul­ture in­dus­try.

He wanted to work on im­prov­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment and en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to fol­low in the fam­ily busi­ness of farm­ing.

All four can­di­dates spoke pas­sion­ately about the re­gion and each said they wanted what was best for the divi­sion and the greater re­gion.

One lo­cal res­i­dent, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said he was dis­ap­pointed ques­tions from the floor weren’t al­lowed.

“Be­fore the fo­rum I had set who I was go­ing to vote for, now I have changed my vote,” he said.

“A cou­ple of the can­di­dates looked fool­ish by how they an­swered the ques­tions.”

For many Childers vot­ers, the de­ci­sion will be dif­fi­cult as the can­di­dates all have close ties to the area.

DIVI­SION 2: Paul McCar­ragher has stepped up and is run­ning for coun­cil in 2016.

DIVI­SION 2: The lat­est lo­cal to stand up for Divi­sion 2, Jim Nilon.

RUN­NING FOR COUN­CIL: Julie Green will be tak­ing up the chal­lenge and run­ning for Divi­sion 2.

NO SHOW: Stan Ed­wards.

CHILDERS CHAM­BER: For­mer Isis Shire Coun­cil mayor Bill Trevor.

PHOTO: CRAIG WARHURST

ON THE SPOT: Divi­sion 2 can­di­dates an­swer ques­tions at the Isis Cul­tural Cen­tre in Childers.

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