4. Les Tyrell
As Townsville Mayor, he is the city’s chief political operative who led from the front during the recent Cyclone Yasi event. However Cr Tyrell has incurred the wrath of ratepayers over the hike in water charges. The council does do plenty of good things but it has been swamped with the perception of a high rates policy, the poor handling of the water debate and ignoring community wishes to go to divisions.
Nevertheless, he sits at Table Number 1 and that gives him a lot of influence.