LET'S get ready to rumble.

Five mayoral candidates went toe-to-toe with Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow at a candidates debate at Pilbeam Theatre.

With the regional council election only weeks away, the time to thrash out hot topics has come and what better place to do it than in front of the local community.

As predicted, the Rockhampton Regional Council election is turning into one of the most fiercely contested local government contests in decades with six candidates in the running to be mayor and almost 30 people contesting the councillor positions across the seven divisions.

There are many important issues to be addressed regarding the region's future.

Listen to the candidates' perspectives on local issues in the videos below.



Watch more videos from the debate here: YOUR GUIDE: Rockhampton mayoral candidates profiles