Tack­ling the elec­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Anas­tas­sia Perets anas­tas­sia.perets@cnbtimes.com.au

IN PREPA­RA­TION for Satur­day’s Fed­eral Elec­tion, one Monto man is on a mis­sion to ed­u­cate the pub­lic in lead up to the com­ing elec­tion.

Cad­den Pa­menter might be just 23 years old, but he is pas­sion­ate about his home­town get­ting the best op­por­tu­nity for pro­gres­sion.

To see how Flynn can­di­dates would help Monto, Mr Pa­menter com­piled a ques­tion­naire and sent it to all the can­di­dates.

But he said the ques­tions pro­posed, were not just his, they were con­trib­uted by the dis­trict.

“I didn’t want to just ques­tion the can­di­dates ran­domly and say Monto wants this be­cause I’m not Monto’s voice, so I ran a poll,” he said.

“There were is­sues rang­ing from more com­mu­nity fund­ing, to NBN tow­ers, roads, ed­u­ca­tion, drought relief, arts fund­ing and black spots.

“The is­sue that got the high­est votes was roads and in­fra­struc­ture.”

The can­di­dates were sent a series of nine ques­tions ask­ing them how they planned to di­rectly help the dis­trict.

“If I wanted them to have an easy time an­swer­ing the email, I would have asked them sim­ple ques­tions but in­stead, went for hard, spe­cific ques­tions,” he said.

“I wanted to present to them that Monto cares about pol­i­tics, to say ‘we’re here too’, and that we want to know what you are go­ing to do for us.

“Our votes might not tip the scale, but we’re just as im­por­tant as, say Glad­stone, to this econ­omy.

“With­out us, you won’t get your dol­lar a litre milk, or Aussie Grade Beef.”

Mr Pa­menter said he didn’t ex­pect to get many replies, but eight out of the nine re­sponded.

Though some of the can­di­dates pro­vided more ex­ten­sive re­sponses than oth­ers, all the replies can be seen on Mr Pa­menter’s blog online at cad­den.me.

“As a young per­son, I’m hop­ing to in­ject some en­ergy into maybe get­ting peo­ple to think a bit, and get a bit more ed­u­cated,” Mr Pa­menter said.

“Whilst we can agree each can­di­date has been busy with their cam­paigns, not all can­di­dates be­lieve we Mon­to­ni­ans are im­por­tant enough to ex­tend their time and be­cause of such, not all can­di­dates re­sponded or ac­knowl­edged our re­quest.”

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

MAN OF AC­TION: Monto’s Cad­den Pa­menter is tak­ing ac­tion in the up­com­ing elec­tion, by ask­ing the can­di­dates di­rectly about how they will help Monto.

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