Cairns City Forum Sees Political Candidates Lining Up To Speak

Cairns, QLD, Australia – ( February 02, 2012

Cairns City Forum Sees Political Candidates Lining Up To Speak

Cairns City Forum Sees Political Candidates Lining Up To Speak

With three days until the first Cairns City Forum in City Place (Sunday 5 February at 2.30pm), the North Queensland Party have thrown their hat into the ring with confirmation candidate for the seat of Cairns, John Piva,  will participate in the Forum.

One Nation candidate Jim Evans has also confirmed he will travel from Chillagoe to speak at the Cairns City Forum, fielding a total of nine candidates at the first in a series of three events.

The only major political party who have not yet confirmed any candidates to participate is the Liberal National Party.

However, organiser Angus Gasson remains hopeful.

“The invitation is still open to Gavin King, Michael Trout and David Kempton if they would like to be a part of this important event,” he said.

Along with the Nth Qld Party and One Nation, Katter’s Australia Party and the Australian Labor Party will also be well represented.

Organiser, Angus Gasson, said “We especially would like to encourage young people to come along and ask questions to the candidates.”

“It doesn’t matter if they are not old enough to vote.”

“The decisions made by politicians today will affect their future tomorrow”.


Additional information

In the lead up to State elections on 24 March, a group of concerned residents have organised a series of three, free forums for the general public that will allow them to hear from their candidates with a Q & A to follow.

The series of forums will kick off on Sunday 5th February at 2.30pm at the performance stage in City Place, Cairns.

Forum 1 will focus on the hotly contested seat of Cairns followed by Barron River at 4pm and Mulgrave and Cook at 5.30pm.

Cairns ALP (Kirsten Lesina) and KAP candidates (Darren Hunt) will begin proceedings.

Spokesperson for the group, Angus Gasson explains “We are keen to see public discussion on local issues in the lead up to the State and Local Elections.”

The forums will be mediated by Toastmasters International.

Organisers are proud to announce Events NQ, Toastmasters International, Pip Miller PR, and Hides Coffee Café as official sponsors.

Forum participants who are confirmed to present at the forums include Darren Hunt (KAP,  Cairns), John Piva (Nth Qld Party, Cairns), Kirsten Lesina (ALP, Cairns), Brendan Fitzgerald (KAP, Barron River), Steve Wettenhall (ALP, Barron River), Curtis Pitt (ALP, Mulgrave), Damian Byrnes (KAP, Mulgrave), Jim Evans (One Nation, Cook), and Lachlan Bensted (KAP, Cook).

Organisers are currently awaiting confirmation from other key candidates including Gavin King (LNP Cairns) and Michael Trout (LNP Barron River).

The forums will comprise a brief presentation from candidates (5 minutes), and then questions would be fielded from the audience (using wireless microphones) – ie a Town Hall type meeting/forum.

“Altogether we have 25 candidates who have confirmed so far,” said Gasson.

“We are planning extensive publicity, and there has been considerable interest from the media.”

“So we think it is a good idea to arrive early if people want to be sure to get a good seat.”

The forums will be mediated by Toastmasters International.

Organisers are proud to announce local business Events NQ as an official sponsor.

The event is not-for-profit and free.

Forum 1

  • Session 1    Sun 05 Feb, 2.30pm – State Election, Cairns
  • Session 2    Sun 05 Feb, 4pm – State Election, Barron River
  • Session 3    Sun 05 Feb, 5.30pm – State Election, Mulgrave and Cook


Forum 2

Session 1   Sun 01 Apr, 2.30pm – Mayoral Candidates for Cairns Regional Council


Forum 3

Session 1   Sun 08 Apr, 2.30pm – Councillor Candidates Div 1, 2, 3, 4

Session 2   Sun 08 Apr, 4.30pm – Councillor Candidates Div 5, 6, 7

Session 3   Sun 08 Apr, 6pm – Councillor Candidates Div 8, 9, 10

For further information.




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