One Na­tion Cal­lide can­di­date named

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus

ONE NA­TION has an­nounced for­mer Bund­aberg mayor can­di­date Elise Cot­tam will run at the up­com­ing State Elec­tion for the seat of Cal­lide, tak­ing on cur­rent LNP MP and for­mer deputy pre­mier Jeff Seeney.

Mrs Cot­tam, chain­saw op­er­a­tions trainer, SES trainer and ru­ral fire­fighter, said she looked for­ward to be­gin­ning her cam­paign for the seat.

“The land is our fu­ture and that is where we need to con­cen­trate our ef­forts,” she said.

“Man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­ply­ing, it’s close to my heart.

“The kids to­day need to be work­ing, it’s a dy­ing art th­ese days and that’s what got me into it.”

She said if she was elected she would not be like other politi­cians.

“I’m go­ing to bring me, I’m go­ing to lis­ten and that’s the key is­sue in to­day’s world, politi­cians don’t lis­ten,” she said.

“They’re not hear­ing what peo­ple are say­ing.

“I’m go­ing to bring them some­body who’s on their level. I’m not a pol­ished politi­cian, I’m a mum, I’m a worker, I’m still do­ing the hard yards in life in gen­eral.”

Mrs Cot­tam said she had sev­eral prin­ci­ples she re­ferred back to when de­cid­ing when to sup­port dif­fer­ent poli­cies.

“The things I al­ways re­fer back to is qual­ity of life, qual­ity of peo­ple and how they are liv­ing,” Mrs Cot­tam said.

“Are peo­ple liv­ing hap­pily, are they able to do what they need to do.

“And the en­vi­ron­ment, we need to make sure we look af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Life and prop­erty come first, then the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mrs Cot­tam ran as the can­di­date for Wide Bay at the 2016 Fed­eral Elec­tion.

PHOTO: FRANCESCA MCMACKIN

One Na­tion leader Pauline Han­son and Cal­lide can­di­date Elise Cot­tam.

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