LIVE: Rolling coverage of Hervey Bay's candidate forum

FRASER Coast's mayoral candidates are at Hervey Bay RSL to outline their visions and policy ahead of the March 19 poll.

If you can't make it to Hervey Bay RSL's Hervey House tonight you can join in the conversation here by using #fcvotes16 on Twitter.

See the rolling updates here.


FORUM UPDATE: That's all folks.

Candidates have taken questions on rates, RVs, the contract of the chief executive officer and Fraser Coast Opportunities.

Chris Loft pledged again the shut down FCO, forcing Cr O'Connell to defend the organisation's performance.

Candidates also unanimously agreed to increase the appeal of the region to the travelling RV market.

An extension to the contract of the chief executive officer was debated.

Cr O'Connell was again forced to defend the extension of the contract while Cr Loft claimed he had not seen the terms of it and councillors did not know about the extension.

FORUM UPDATE: Questions from the floor.

Rates have been the hot topic in early questions to the candidates.

Gerard O'Connell is constantly defending the council's position.

Andrew, an investor in the region asks the mayor why his rates are different and each of his three homes.

Bill Manning has had his home re-zoned several times since 2000- seeing his rates fluctuating from $2000 to $5000.

Cr O'Connell said everyone should pay their own way.

FORUM UPDATE: The six candidates have begun their opening speeches.

Opening the order, Chris Loft says a vote for Gerard O'Connell will mean more of the same.

Cr Loft promises a full audit of the Fraser Coast Regional Council audit.

Steve Coleman wants better WiFi on the Fraser Coast, pushing to secure the National Broadband Network for the region sooner.

Pledging to reform the Fraser Coast Regional Council, candidate Jannean Dean said she would cut waste; saying there was too much money spent on beautification.

Gerard O'Connell defends the council's finance management; cites a sound rating of the council's finances given by the Queensland Treasury Corporation.

Lee Carter focuses on coastal erosion and protecting the environment.

He also describes the region's town planning document as "in a mess".

Candidate Greg Schmidt wants the Fraser Coast to be a "cheaper region".