READY TO FIGHT

No mat­ter what hap­pens, Cal­lide will have a first time MP af­ter the Novem­ber 25 elec­tion. Who will come out on top?

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

LNP CAN­DI­DATE COLIN BOYCE

says he’ll be stand­ing up for farm­ers’ rights and will do his best to rep­re­sent the North Bur­nett.

“I will con­tinue trav­el­ling through­out the elec­torate of Cal­lide, lis­ten­ing to the con­cerns of lo­cals, and com­mu­ni­cat­ing the LNP’s plans for re­gional Queens­land,” Mr Boyce said.

He be­lieves that cost of liv­ing is a huge con­cern for those in Cal­lide.

“Res­i­dents in Cal­lide are most con­cerned about the cost of liv­ing, in par­tic­u­lar sky-rock­et­ing power prices,” he said.

“They are con­cerned about job se­cu­rity, op­por­tu­nity, and safer com­mu­ni­ties, and they are cry­ing out for a gov­ern­ment that has a plan for in­fra­struc­ture, to de­liver the roads, bridges and dams we need.

“Our pri­mary pro­duc­ers are con­cerned about La­bor’s at­tack on them through their anti-farmer veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws and La­bor’s in­abil­ity to pro­vide land ten­ure se­cu­rity and water se­cu­rity.”

Mr Boyce said his party, if elected, would cre­ate more jobs and re­duce the cost of liv­ing.

“The LNP has so far re­leased 58 pos­i­tive po­lices for Queens­land, which will cre­ate jobs, drive down the cost of liv­ing, sup­port fam­i­lies, and foster safe and liv­able com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

GREENS CAN­DI­DATE JAIBEN BAKER,

as a fifth-gen­er­a­tion farmer in the re­gion, says he knows the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing ru­ral Queens­land.

“I’m proud of my roots in this re­gion and want to be a real al­ter­na­tive to the old par­ties,” Mr Baker said.

“Firstly I want to be part of the move to turn around ru­ral de­cline. I have seen it first­hand and want to be part of the so­lu­tions for peo­ple, towns and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We need to sup­port our farm­ers with in­cen­tives to di­ver­sify, to be­come more eco­log­i­cally sus­tain­able and pro­tect their liveli­hoods from min­ing ex­ploita­tion.”

Mr Baker said he in­tended to visit as many towns in the elec­torate as pos­si­ble in or­der to lis­ten to the ideas and con­cerns of the elec­torate.

He has al­ready iden­ti­fied three core ways the Greens can sup­port Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties.

They in­clude sup­port­ing farm­ers with in­cen­tives to di­ver­sify their busi­nesses, bring­ing down high en­ergy pric­ing and in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy, and pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion in State Par­lia­ment.

“Only the Greens will ban cor­po­rate do­na­tions from for-profit cor­po­ra­tions like fos­sil fuel and gam­bling cor­po­ra­tions, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and prop­erty de­vel­op­ers,” Mr Baker said.

LA­BOR CAN­DI­DATE DAR­REN BLACK­WOOD

said the elec­tion was one of the most im­por­tant ones for Queens­land.

“This is what we’ve been wait­ing for,” he said.

“This elec­tion is one of the most im­por­tant that Queens­land will prob­a­bly see, be­cause there is a clear choice.”

Mr Black­wood said he felt out­go­ing MP Jeff Seeney had not de­liv­ered for the bet­ter part of two decades.

“Cal­lide has been taken for granted for far too long,” he said.

Mr Black­wood cited cuts to ser­vices and jobs as a big is­sue he wished to ad­dress once elected.

“It’s the cuts to front­line ser­vices and the abuse of ca­su­al­i­sa­tion in the work­force that worry me,” he said.

“Be­cause I’ve seen first­hand what that can do to fam­i­lies.”

Mr Black­wood said peo­ple had been telling him they were feel­ing for­got­ten about, com­pared to other ar­eas of Queens­land.

“We need good, se­cure jobs for lo­cal peo­ple,” he said.

Mr Black­wood is pas­sion­ately op­posed to the LNP.

“Peo­ple are telling me they are not happy the LNP voted against im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect work­ers,” he said.

“Like stamp­ing out dodgy labour hire prac­tices.”

KAT­TER’S AUS­TRALIAN PARTY CAN­DI­DATE ROB­BIE RADEL

said he was pleased the elec­tion would come be­fore Christ­mas.

“I think the smart thing to do is to get it over and done with. There has been a lot of talk and I think the pub­lic has reached a point where they are sick of hear­ing when the elec­tion might be,” he said.

Mr Radel will be ham­mer­ing home the im­por­tant is­sues over the com­ing month.

“Some of the most im­por­tant is­sues for Cal­lide are things like se­ri­ous in­vest­ment by the State Gov­ern­ment in our roads,” he said.

“We have vir­tu­ally 100 per cent agri­cul­ture and we still strug­gle to get things to mar­ket and to port be­cause the roads aren’t up to stan­dard.

“There also needs to be in­vest­ment in water in­fra­struc­ture and en­cour­ag­ing more tourism, which ties into the roads.”

Mr Radel said the is­sue of elec­tric­ity prices would also be a ma­jor fo­cus for the party.

“The burn­ing ques­tion is elec­tric­ity prices and we have real and quick ways of be­ing able to drop power prices to con­sumers that doesn’t in­volve spend­ing a for­tune,” Mr Radel said.

“We have proven that we can and will de­liver for ru­ral Queens­land, that is 100 per cent of our fo­cus.”

ONE NA­TION CAN­DI­DATE SHARON LOHSE

says her back­ground in cat­tle and a life in the North Bur­nett has equipped her with the knowl­edge of what is most im­por­tant to the Cal­lide elec­torate.

“I’m a gra­zier and we have a prop­erty near Biggen­den and down in the Bri­ga­low Belt on the West­ern Downs,” Mrs Lohse said.

“As a ru­ral gra­zier I know what it’s like to try and op­er­ate and earn a liv­ing for your fam­ily.”

Mrs Lohse has been tour­ing Cal­lide and speak­ing with farm­ers and land own­ers about the is­sues that mat­ter most to them.

“We have held land­holder meet­ings and ru­ral peo­ple are look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive be­cause for too long they have been strug­gling,” Mrs Lohse said.

“And es­pe­cially with is­sues like veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment, blue trig­ger map­pings and all those things that sti­fle their pro­duc­tion.

“La­bor and the LNP have both had their chance in op­po­si­tion and in gov­ern­ment to ad­dress those is­sues and they haven’t done it.”

Mrs Lohse said as a long-time gra­zier she had ex­pe­ri­enced a def­i­nite lack of ac­tion from all ma­jor par­ties.

“Things like CSG is­sues and the frus­tra­tion with veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment,” she said.

KAP: Rob­bie Radel.

ALP: Dar­ren Black­wood.

LNP: Colin Boyce.

One Na­tion: Sharon Lohse.

Greens: Jaiben Baker.

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