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Re­sults are in on how our pol­lies per­formed

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LES Tyrell is king but Tony Mooney is still well liked.

The re­sults are in from the Townsville Bul­letin’s reader sur­vey and ac­cord­ing to the 1107 re­spon­dents both may­ors’ per­for­mances have slipped since 2005.

Cr Mooney’s per­for­mance was rated by 44 per cent of re­spon­dents as ei­ther good or ex­cel­lent, while 32 per cent rated it av­er­age. This com­pared with 47 per cent and 35 per cent re­spec­tively last year.

Cr Tyrell was rated good or ex­cel­lent by 50.5 per cent of re­spon­dents, down by 6.5 per cent from last year.

One politi­cian who has im­proved is fed­eral MP Peter Lind­say.

His per­for­mance rat­ing im­proved on last year, with 31 per cent rat­ing him good or ex­cel­lent, ver­sus 27 per cent last year.

‘‘I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­fi­dence the peo­ple of Thuringowa and T o w n s v i l l e h a v e shown in me but there is still a lot more to be done,’’ Mr Lind­say said.

‘‘In the com­ing year I will be work­ing even harder on new pro- jects, par­tic­u­larly roads and crime and law and or­der is­sues.’’

New En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Lindy Nel­sonCarr’s per­for­mance was rated by 42 per cent of re­spon­dents as av­er­age but her per­for­mance rat­ing was bet­ter than last year with 29 ver­sus 25 per cent in 2005 rat­ing her per­for­mance good or ex­cel­lent.

Thuringowa MP Craig Wal­lace, the new Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Wa­ter Min­is­ter, also climbed in the poll.

A to­tal of 44.5 per cent of re­spon­dents rated his per­for­mance av­er­age, how­ever more re­spon­dents (28per cent) rated his per­for­mance good or ex­cel­lent this year com­pared with last year (17 per cent).

‘‘Any sup­port I get from the com­mu­nity is al­ways hum­bling. Hope­fully I bring a bit of com­mon sense to the job,’’ Mr Wal­lace said.

‘‘I al­ways try my best for Thuringowa but I don’t al­ways have a win for ev­ery­thing I do . . . but I make sure I give it a real good try.’’

It wasn’t all good news for the State’s pol­lies with new house Speaker and Townsv i l l e M P M i k e Reynolds com­ing in with 51 per cent of re­spon­dents rat­ing his per­for­mance poor or very poor.

But that was still an im­prove­ment on 55 per cent last year.

Bob Kat­ter’s per­for­mance was rated by 31 per cent of re­spon­dents as av­er­age, but 41 per cent rated it poor or very poor.

Forty-four per cent rated Shane Knuth’s per­for­mance as av­er­age, 41 per cent rated it poor or very poor.

Rose­mary Menkens wasn’t far be­hind with 43 per cent rat­ing her per­for­mance as av­er­age with 36 per cent rat­ing it poor or very poor.

On the na­tional lead­er­ship stage there were mixed r e s u l t s f o r Prime Min­is­ter John Howard: 40 per cent rated his per­for­mance poor or very poor, 39.7 per cent rat­ing it ex­cel­lent or good and 20 per cent av­er­age.

For­mer La­bor leader Kim Bea­z­ley’s per­for­mance was rated by 64 per cent as ei­ther poor or very poor.

Cr Tony Mooney is still polling well

Cr Les Tyrell has solid sup­port

Rose­mary Menkens

Lindy Nelson-Carr

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