Councillor looks at lighter side
HAVE you heard the one about the council election candidate who was so crazy he defaced his own campaign signs?
It's not a joke, really; just another bit of clowning around by country councillor David Pahlke.
The jovial former postal worker and current pub owner is known for his jokes. Once he went to a budget announcement dressed as a gangster - with violin case - and has dressed as Fred Flintstone and The Joker for parades.
His run-ins and fall-outs with fellow councillor Paul Tully are celebrated in council circles but are now limited to trading poems.
His latest prank was to dress up two of his campaign posters with clown wigs, glasses and ties.
"After putting up about 400 of my signs, I decided to have some fun with my last two in a dam as you drive into Rosewood," Cr Pahlke said.
"Last election I put signs in the dam and a lot of people commented on them. This time we thought we'd dress them up a bit. We were just trying to have a bit of fun. It's just a bit of light-heartedness.
"I put another photo on Facebook that shows me leaning out into the dam pushing in one of the signs. Everyone is commenting: 'Fall in, fall in'."
John Byrne, who is challenging David Pahlke, said he couldn't afford to be anything less than focussed on serious issues.
"It's not fun, we're in there for a specific reason. We're totally opposed to reopening the Ebenezer mine and any mining activity in our region and right through south-east Queensland," Mr Byrne said.
"I've been in business too long to go into these things half-hearted. So to be jovial and make fun of it isn't really where I sit."