Who will be Division 2 leader?
The race is on for the division’s top spot
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.
ON THE SPOT: Division 2 candidates answer questions at the Isis Cultural Centre in Childers.