CALLIDE LABOR CANDIDATE
Miner union rep running in state election
QUEENSLAND Labor has formally announced its candidate for the Callide electorate.
Bilolela’s Darren Blackwood, 47, said he would fight passionately for his home town and surrounding region.
Mr Blackwood is married to his wife, Karen, and together they have three children aged 17 to 21.
“I am a local, I have lived here my whole life,” Mr Blackwood said.
“I put my hand up because I see the seat of Callide missing out a lot.
“People talk to me and they want what Rocky, Keppel and other electorates have received.”
Mr Blackwood began his working life career at Teys Bros abattoir in Biloela for six years before moving to the Callide coal mine in 1992, where he still works.
For the past 12 years, he has represented workmates as a CFMEU delegate.
“I am experienced in representing people and the community I will continue to do that if given a chance,” he said.
He admitted there would be a lot of ground to cover for the Callide electorate since the redistribution earlier this year.
“I will be out around the electorate, as far north as Westwood, south to Chinchilla, west to Taroom and east to Gin Gin,” he said.
“The seat redistribution has made the electorate a lot bigger with a lot more communities but I am prepared to travel and am looking forward to the challenge.”
Mr Blackwood said a major issue for him was casualisation.
“Casualisation is destroying towns, people’s lives and communities,” he said.
“I will be fighting for all the communities in the Callide electorate, they deserve better.
"While the Palaszczuk state government continues to fight for secure jobs, people here in Callide clearly remember the threat to their livelihoods when Tim Nicholls planned to sell off our power stations."
Mr Blackwood said the LNP achieved nothing in its time in state government and One Nation don’t stand a chance.
“Another reason I put my
❝The seat redistribution has made the electorate a lot bigger with a lot more communities but I am prepared to travel and am looking forward to the challenge.
hand up for the seat is because of the LNP cutbacks,” he said.
“And I can’t trust LNP on asset sales.
“I believe Queensland Labor is doing a fantastic job creating jobs where the LNP have fewer jobs.”
“I think people are starting to realise what One Nation stand for and that is themselves,” he said.
The seat of Callide has been described as a “safe” seat over the years with long-standing member Jeff Seeney, and Mr Blackwood said he knew he would have to work to earn the trust of electors.
“I definitely am the
underdog and I have got a lot of hard work to do but I am well known and hopefully people will start to realise that a vote for the LNP is a vote for the same, a vote for the same representation, you are going to get nothing,” he said.
WIDE AREA: Darren Blackwood is the Labor candidate for the Callide electorate.