Mayor- to- MP has per­ils:

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

FOR­MER Townsville mayor Tony Mooney has warned Bris­bane Lord Mayor Camp­bell New­man about the per­ils of seek­ing higher of­fice from a may­oral role, cit­ing his own ex­pe­ri­ences as an ex­am­ple.

Mr Mooney, who is now work­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor af­ter serv­ing as a coun­cil­lor for 31 years, 19 of them as mayor, cited his fail­ure to win the Mund­ing­burra state by-elec­tion while mayor in 1996 and more re­cently the fed­eral seat of Her­bert last year.

Mr Mooney yes­ter­day warned just be­cause Cr New­man was a pop­u­lar mayor, it did not mean he would be elected to the state seat of Ash­grove he in­tended to run for.

‘‘ It’s go­ing to be a very in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge for both the Gov­ern­ment and the Op­po­si­tion in Queens­land,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s no fore­gone con­clu­sion that the lord mayor will be able to make the tran­si­tion from lo­cal gov­ern­ment to state gov­ern­ment and there are plenty of ex­am­ples, in­clud­ing one of my own, where try­ing to make those sorts of moves are re­jected by the elec­torate.’’

Mr Mooney said Cr New­man would have to con­vince re­gional Queens­land he was not go­ing to fo­cus his en­er­gies and fund­ing on the south-east cor­ner.

‘‘ Of course the chal­lenge for the lord mayor will be to lift his pro­file be­yond a

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