WATCH: Candidates fight for votes at Chronicle forum
IN THE first of the Fraser Coast Chronicle's mayoral forums candidates have outlined their plans for the community.
The second forum will be held at Hervey House at the Hervey Bay RSL on Thursday March 3 from 6.30pm.
About 200 people packed the Brolga Theatre Federation room to hear how the six aspirants will drive the community forward during Wednesday night's forum.
Who would you vote for to become Fraser Coast mayor?
This poll ended on 09 March 2016.
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Candidates Gerard O'Connell, Chris Loft, Steve Coleman, Jannean Dean, Greg Schmidt and Lee Carter took questions from the crowd.
Drawing the first speaking position, incumbent mayor Cr O'Connell pledged to continue driving the council in the same direction.
"My commitment is to continue with the positivity we've got here on the Fraser Coast," he said.
Mr Coleman promised to cut wastage, but was cautious when it came to promising to lower rates.
"I'm not saying we can push rates down, I'm not saying we can freeze rates - I'm saying we can keep rates at a minimum," he said.
Cr Loft said he would "wind down Fraser Coast Opportunities" and form a working group with operators to grow tourism.
"This organisation has been a failure," he said.
"It's time for a change and common sense in this region."
Drawing on his own business experience to drive infrastructure projects, Mr Schmidt said he could lower rates.
"I want to bring the rates down and in that, no services should be cut," he said.
Mr Carter spoke of his love for the region and said if elected he would work on better town planning policies.
Focusing on transparency, final speaker Jannean Dean told the crowd the council's public meetings should be video streamed.