Mayoral candidate Ross Bartley delivers his address to the Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
Mayoral candidate Ross Bartley delivers his address to the Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Jayden Brown

LETTER: Candidates ‘miss the boat’ at Chamber breakfast

THREE of the four Southern Downs mayoralty candidates missed the boat in what was supposed to be their opportunity to get to the heart of business concerns articulated in two written questions posed by Warwick Chamber of Commerce on behalf of members.

In the four minutes allotted to each, only one candidate, Tracy Dobie, actually addressed the questions chamber members and visitors had come to hear answered.

The other three gave admirable campaign speeches.

This point being made, mayoral candidate Ross Bartley was quick to claim that not all candidates had received the questions: remarkable, given that they all promptly produced written copies, fudging extra time in the process.

Gracious as was the chairman in allowing another go at the microphone, the audience was not impressed that more time extended to Crs Bartley and Blundell and candidate Jay Nauss did not allow for further questions from the floor.

More to the point is that many were reeling and are still shaking their heads at the extraordinary blast levelled by Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley against his mayor and fellow councillors, likening council to "a dead fish rotting from the head down".

Q: So what can we learn from this?

A: Three of those four who would be mayor cannot respond to written instruction;

One of those seems to have forgotten that, for the past four years, he has been Deputy Head.



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