Candidate refuses to leave show car park, police called
INDEPENDENT candidate for Hinkler Bill Foster has stood his ground, refusing to leave the carpark outside the showgrounds despite requests to do so by the Bundaberg Show Society.
Mr Foster said the carpark was public property and as long as he behaved appropriately was entitled to be there.
"I've had security guards and the show society president both insist I leave," he said.
"They're quite unhappy I'm here.
"But I haven't approached anyone.
"I've been helpful and a good citizen.
"I advised the carpark attendants when the disabled carpark area was full and I lent someone an umbrella - there's no shade out here."
Mr Foster said as a goodwill gesture he'd moved further from the gates but had no intention of leaving, even after the show society phoned police.
"I'll be here until Friday night with my policy document should anyone wish to speak with me," he said.
Bundaberg police confirmed they had been called but, as long as Mr Foster remained in the car park, he was entitled to hand out political material.
A Bundaberg Show Society spokeswoman said they had tried to move Mr Foster on but understood they couldn't make him leave.
She said management decided years ago they did not want politics to be a part of the show.
"People come to have fun, not to think about politics," she said.