6.45PM UPDATE: RATES and the concerns of pensioners have been a common theme in the opening statements of the mayoral candidates at the NewsMail's candidate forum at the PCYC.
Former Bundaberg City Deputy Mayor Mal Forman told the 90-strong crowd that rates were too high for the region.
"We need to put the lid on rates," he said.
Former Isis Shire Mayor Bill Trevor agreed and said it was vital to put a cap on spending.
"People are seeing money spent in their areas, but nothing is achieved," he said.
Moore Park Beach businessman Leo Karnauchow said something needed to be done to reduce the rates pressure on the elderly.
"Pensioners' concerns have been totally ignored," he said.
Incumbent Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch drew on her track record as mayor for the past for years.
"The mayor of a regional council must demonstrate a proven track record in prosperous business," she said.
All four candidates described their leadership style as a "common sense" approach while working within a team.
6PM: ABOUT 90 people have arrived for the start of the NewsMail's candidate forum at the Bundaberg PCYC.
The room is humming with anticipating as the general public waits for their chance to quiz the candidates.
Former Bundaberg City Council Deputy Mayor Mal Forman has drawn the first speaking position, followed by Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and then former Isis Shire Mayor Bill Trevor.
Moore Park Beach businessman Leo Karnauchow will round out the speaking.
After giving opening statements, the candidates and answering a general question from moderator David Wise, the candidates will answer questions from the floor.