Mayor: re­duced do­na­tions good

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

MAYOR Mick Cur­ran said he agrees with the LGAQ’s call to cap spend­ing at the next coun­cil elec­tion, sug­gest­ing a cap of $50,000 would be a good cut-off mark.

Ac­cord­ing to Cr Cur­ran, peo­ple who want to seek lo­cal of­fice should not be ham­pered by cost.

“I’d like to see it sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

“I’d hate to see it that it pre­cludes some peo­ple from ac­tu­ally hav­ing a run but you’ve also got to bal­ance that ar­gu­ment with, you don’t want the wealth­i­est peo­ple in town be­ing able to stage the best cam­paign to se­cure of­fice,” he said.

“It should be avail­able for each and ev­ery one of us within the com­mu­nity.

“If they’ve got ideas, and if they’ve got a pas­sion for the com­mu­nity they should be able to put their name for­ward.

“It shouldn’t be a bur­den to get over that line.”

The size of the elec­torate was also im­por­tant to con­sider when de­ter­min­ing what the cut-off should be in coun­cil elec­tions.

“The re­al­ity is we’re not like the size of Bris­bane here,” he said.

“Peo­ple do like to sup­port their can­di­dates, that shouldn’t go away fi­nan­cially.”

The LGAQ’s pro­posal would have do­na­tions to may­oral can­di­dates capped at $200,000, and $50,000 for prospec­tive coun­cil­lors.

Cr Cur­ran de­clared $3400 in elec­tion do­na­tions at the last elec­tion, well be­low ei­ther of the pro­posed caps.

❝ It should be avail­able for each and ev­ery one of us within the com­mu­nity. — Mayor Mick Cur­ran

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