Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman has announced he will again run for the top position in 2016.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman has announced he will again run for the top position in 2016. Mike Knott

Mayor Mal Forman will run for top spot in 2016

BUNDABERG Mayor Mal Forman has announced he will again run for the top position at the local government quadrennial election next year.

Cr Forman, who has so far spent three years as the region's mayor, said it was his passion for serving the community that would see him run for another term.

He said this term in council had seen the commencement of projects that would be game changers for the Bundaberg region.

"I would like to see the completion of these projects rolled out," he said.

"The multi-million dollar Rubyanna Waste Water Treatment Plant and the gas pipeline to the Port of Bundaberg and the Knauf plasterboard manufacturing plant are projects that will achieve significance during the next four-year term of council.

"Other projects include those that are about to commence in coming months including multi-use sport and community facility (Multiplex) and Masters."

As for his competition, rumours have been rife that former Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey and Bundaberg Broadcasters general manager Trish Mears are dunning for the same position but both declined to comment.

Other council members have stated that they will again stand for their current positions at the election in March next year.

Division 10 Councillor Lynne Forgan said she had enjoyed her time as councillor since 2008 and hopes to continue her work after the 2016 election.

"I have plenty to offer with my business experience and there is still opportunity to advance and grow the Bundaberg region," she said.

Division 7 Councillor Ross Sommerfeld also said he intended to stand for re-election.

"I believe that as an elected representative I can offer a wide range of experience that is necessary to allow for the continued growth of the region - residential, commercial, industrial - due to my qualifications and previous career as a qualified surveyor," he said.

Division 3 Councillor Wayne Honor said the elections were not part of his focus at this time.

"There is much more demanding work to do as council is only two months into a new budget year," he said.

"My commitment to community and council has not diminished and I look forward to making my decision in the New Year."

The next local government quadrennial elections will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016.



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