Mayor- to- MP has perils:
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