CAL­LIDE LA­BOR CAN­DI­DATE

Miner union rep run­ning in state elec­tion

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett @cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

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.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

WIDE AREA: Dar­ren Black­wood is the La­bor can­di­date for the Cal­lide elec­torate.

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