Coast’s very own Q&A. Following the Meet the Candidates event at the Southport Yacht Club on Sunday, 200 audience members left feeling they knew the candidates, and what they stood for.
Refreshingly, there was no mouthing of stock party lines, and no personal acrimony.
The candidates also found the session invaluable for learning about issues.
For example, who would have known the problem of kids on electric bikes was not a council issue,
but a State Government problem to solve?
Apart from local identities, there were many “new faces” who asked extremely good questions about topics ranging from payroll tax to body corporate reform and, of course, the M1.
Since all of the candidates strongly supported the three-storey height limit on the Spit, and since the LNP had declined to attend, there was lots of time for wide ranging discussion on other topics.
Even when there was disagreement about controversial issues such as renewable energy and criminal justice, the discussion remained good-natured.
Well done, residents and candidates of Bonney, Broadwater, Southport and Surfers Paradise. SUE DONOVAN
MAIN BEACH ASSOCIATION