A crowd gathered at Stanthorpe Civic Centre to hear council and mayoral candidates.
A crowd gathered at Stanthorpe Civic Centre to hear council and mayoral candidates. Samantha Wantling

Candidates face tough grilling

MOULDY pools, where the council should spend its dollars and de-amalgamation were all topics tackled Wednesday night at the first of the Warwick Daily News/Warwick Chamber of Commerce and Stanthorpe Border Post/Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce election forums.

More than 125 interested voters turned out to hear the wannabe mayors and councillors put in the hot seat.

All of the candidates accepted except David Balfour, who had prior work commitments.

Readers sent in questions so the potential pollies could be quizzed by Daily News and Border Post chief of staff Jenna Cairney while Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce president Norm Crisp chaired, and de-amalgamation was still the hottest topic.

Mayoral candidates were drilled on local shopping, whether or not the Stanthorpe office could close and

But the question that really got the blood boiling was whether on not councillors were "rubber stamps" for the bureaucracy.

CEO Rod Ferguson's pay cheque also became a focus, sparking fierce debate between mayoral candidates Cr Mally McMurtrie and Darryl Evans.

The candidates were subjected to further scrutiny at King's Theatre last night, in front of 400 plus attendees, as the Daily News was going to print.

The Daily News and Border Post would like to extend a big thank you to both Chambers for their part in organising the evenings and the council and the Warwick RSL for providing the venues.

Don't miss Tuesday's edition of the Daily News for the results of our exit polling and for candidate responses.


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