UPSET: Division 10 candidate Steve Franklin and (below) the controversial letter.
UPSET: Division 10 candidate Steve Franklin and (below) the controversial letter. Inga Williams

Steve cries foul over letter, David decries 'gutter tactics'

DIVISION 10 candidate Steve Franklin is already preparing to challenge the election result if his opponent, sitting councillor David Pahlke, comes out on top after a council letter was dropped on the Labor-backed candidate's doorstep.

Mr Franklin said he was concerned the letter, notifying Rosewood residents of an upcoming $950,000 Flood Mitigation Project in late March, would give incumbent David Pahlke an unfair advantage come election day.

But Cr Pahlke has hit back at Mr Franklin's tactics, telling him to "get out of the gutter".

The letter, dated March 10, advised residents and businesses in Rosewood that the works would not impact them in any way.

"It is clear that councillors can't spend council money on letters of that type during an election cycle," Franklin said.

"The project poses no hindrance to any residents and council employees are told we are in an election cycle.

"I've asked the (Ipswich City Council) CEO to investigate this and have asked the Electoral Commission to investigate.

"This election could be close and if it is there is a chance I would have to contest the result due to unfair advantage."

Cr Pahlke responded to Mr Franklin's comments by accusing him of "grubby party politics".

"I am absolutely disgusted. This is the sort of grubby politics that I absolutely detest," Cr Pahlke said.

"This project has been on the books for two years and this is a stock standard proforma letter that is sent out with all construction projects.

"I did not sign the letter, I didn't authorise it and council has been doing this forever. Get out of the gutter please Mr Franklin."

Cr Pahlke said he has also referred the matter to Council CEO Jim Lindsay.

Division 10 candidate Steve Franklin is concerned a council letter sent to Rosewood residents will give incumbent David Pahlke an unfair advantage come election day. Cr Pahlke and Mr Franklin have referred the matter to Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay.