Nine candidates vie for your vote
NINE candidates will fight for the seat of Flynn at the 2016 Federal Election on July 2.
The Liberal National Party, Labor, the Greens, Katter’s Australian Party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Family First have all put candidates up at this election.
Three independents are also running.
Incumbent LNP MP Ken O’Dowd, who holds the seat on a 6.5% margin, said one of his proudest achievements for the North Burnett over the past three years was securing funding for the disaster co-ordination centre in Gayndah.
“The disaster centre and the fuel facility that is a part of the disaster co-ordination centre is probably the biggest achievement we’ve had,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“The alignment of some bridges, lifting road works above the river level (are also some achievements).
“We’ve got a long way to go in the region though.”
Labor candidate Zac Beers said he could bring a voice to a region he believed was often forgotten about in Canberra.
“The Burnett region has long been forgotten by politicians over the years,” Mr Beers said. “It’s an area that has always been there, but it has been neglected for a long time.
“My focus is to take the fight up for the issues that matter to the people of the Burnett the most.
“If we work together and engage with people in the area, we can deliver good results for people that have been forgotten for a long time.”
At the 2013 election about 20% of the Flynn vote went to minor parties or independents.
Nathan Fletcher, 29, is running as an independent as he said he believed people were disillusioned with the major parties.
“There are three reasons why I decided to run. One was the obvious frustration and disillusionment with the major parties,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The second was to re-connect people to an understanding and the relevancy of politics and politicians, to get back to grassroots, listen and show genuine care for those we represent.
“When approximately 400,000 young people between the ages of 18-24 in the 2013 election weren’t enrolled or didn’t vote, we have a serious problem.
“Number three was I knew a lot of people were hurting, struggling and just wanted a fair go and I couldn’t stand by and just watch, I really wanted to help make a genuine difference.”
Mr O’Dowd said he had to fight to keep his seat, as other people with higher margins than his had lost seas in regional areas in the past.
“In the last three years we’ve been like a government in exile. We haven’t been able to make any decisions as the decisions were knocked back by the Senate,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of a government that can actually rule.
“I’m part of a team that will get Australia back on track, thinking ahead not to our sons and daughters, but to our grandkids.
“I don’t want to leave them with a lot of debt.”
Family First candidate Heather Barnett is the only female candidate on the Flynn ballot.
ON THE ROAD: Senator Chris Ketter and Flynn candidate Zac Beers were in Mundubbera campaigning last week and were shown infrastructure issues in the region, like the Boyne River bridge.