Both the challengers have strong sporting backgrounds, and both have pledged more money for sports facilities "in the southern corridor". How can a voter take this commitment seriously when both team's mayoral candidates continue to claim there is "no money" for any new facilities? If a "team" can't even provide unified policies, what's the point of the team?
Talking to the Community Alliance candidate Rod Jensen, he seems like a nice enough bloke. In some other division with a less formidable incumbent he might be a reasonable choice. But up against Rob Pyne, voters in Division 3 would be silly to exchange Pyne's experience and hard work for someone with so unproven.
Ian Hodge? Car Salesman. The reason stereotypes exist is that they are recognised as a common experience. Having just taken a new position at a struggling local car dealer, it's no wonder voters in Division 3 have seen little of the Unity Team candidate.
Rob Pyne is the hardest working man in politics. He seems to be everywhere - and not just during the campaign, but daily in his electorate. He's constantly visible, and if you haven't seen him around his division's streets you can find him taking queries on the internet. And his follow-up, while not always the answer hoped for, is always quick and authoritative.
And in a town so dependent on tourism, he's brought new focus and commitment by the council to access issues, which has garnered Cairns significant positive attention from this segment of world traveler.
With an eye for detail, unhesitant to speak out, and communication skills second to none, Rob Pyne easily deserves reelection to Division 3.