Local activist and writer Syd Walker says that Queensland's local government elections need a new date.
Walker suggests that our tropical wet season make campaigning challenging and argues for a mid-year campaign cycle.
Few things are truly certain in politics, but that doesn't mean there are no reliable patterns at all.
One thing close to inevitable is that northern Queensland candidates, campaigning in next year's Queensland's local council elections, will experience torrential rain that will make campaigning interesting at best. In the worst case, it may literally sink their ability to campaign effectively.
I've heard two plausible theories why.starting from 2008, Queensland is scheduled to hold recurring Local Government elections every four years at the same time of year: mid-March.
The first is that the people who made this decision hate the population of Far North Queensland and wish to see our local democracy swept away in cyclones and submerged in floods.
The other possibility is that the people who made this decision carelessly overlooked the fact that February and March are consistently among the North's wettest months.
Let's be charitable and assume the latter. In that case, Is there any chance of changing election dates for Queensland's fixed term Local Government authorities, so campaigns henceforth take place in winter?
It would be nice if the new cycle could start from June or July 2012. Presumably the current crop of elected Councillors wouldn't object to an extra few months in office at ratepayer expense?