Scott Clark has announced that he will be running for mayor in next year's council elections.
Scott Clark has announced that he will be running for mayor in next year's council elections. Scottie Simmonds

Painter plans to refresh council

THE first candidate to challenge Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch at next year's election has thrown his hat into the ring.

Scott Clark, 31, is a painter who runs his own business in Bargara.

And he is not shy to make his views known, posting his opinion of gay marriage on the NewsMail's Facebook page on Thursday last week.

"It's not natural! It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" he posted.

He said yesterday he felt everybody was entitled to their own opinion.

Mr Clark said he had been thinking about running for "a couple of years", and he felt Bundaberg had been held back for too long.

"The council needs some younger blood in its veins," he said.

Mr Clark, who recently started a Building a Brighter Bundaberg page on Facebook, said he had lots of ideas to make the city a better tourist attraction.

"We really need to modernise the tourism industry," he said.

Mr Clark feels too many roads in the region have been neglected.

"In general, I'd like to get on top of maintenance issues that have been forgotten about," he said.

Mr Clark, who ran for election to Burnett Shire Council eight years ago, said he felt he had as good a chance as anyone for mayor.

And he plans to run a very 21st-century election campaign in the lead-up to the poll.

"I'm going to do a lot of my campaigning electronically, on Facebook, Twitter and the internet," he said.

"It's a new world. You can get to thousands of people on the internet.

"I'm not rich, I'm a working man. To run a traditional campaign costs thousands."

Mr Clark said he had already built up a good following since he announced his bid for office, with many people volunteering to help his campaign.

Cr Pyefinch said she fully expected there would be other candidates running against her in the election, to be held in March.

"I look forward to seeing what Mr Clark proposes," she said.