Candidates called on to improve efficiency

Lockyer Valley residents met their local government candidates at Stockyard Creek Hall's pre-election meeting on February 28. PHOTO: GRACE CRICHTON

Lockyer Valley residents packed the Stockyard Creek Hall to hear local government candidates put themselves forward on February 28.

With three mayoral candidates and 15 councillor candidates, it will be hotly contested election.

Candidates introduced themselves in short speeches before taking questions from the floor.

Attendees took the opportunity to raise their concerns and ask questions.

Road and bridge maintenance was top of the list and several residents voiced concerns and gave specific examples.

The overall sentiment was there is a lack of efficiency in the current road work schedule, with calls to ‘do it right the first time’ and tackle multiple jobs within a location at once.

The mayoral candidates were asked if they want to change the date of the council-run Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

Their responses were unanimously to keep the ceremony on January 26.

Other questions from the floor covered reinstating divisions, illegal dumping, and disaster management.

Stockyard Creek Hall Committee president Alex Walker chaired the event.

“There’s lots of concerns being raise and people get to bring them up directly with the people who are vying to represent them,” he said.

The hall has a long history of hosting pre-election meetings and Mr Walker said the evening had a good turnout.

“This area has tended historical to always have a strong interest in local affairs and local politics,” he said.

“These types of meetings have always been very well attended.”