DOWNS’ FIRST FAM­ILY

LNP grabs over 40 per cent of vote to hold seat

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

THE South­ern Downs has a new mem­ber of par­lia­ment.

While the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Queens­land is yet to an­nounce a win­ner, LNP can­di­date James Lis­ter and his op­po­si­tion con­cede he will in­evitably be pro­claimed the new mem­ber.

It brings and end to an ex­haus­tive 10 month cam­paign for Mr Lis­ter, his fam­ily and sup­port­ers and en­sures the LNP legacy lives on in the re­gion post Lawrence Spring­borg.

“I’m de­lighted to have this op­por­tu­nity and I’m very grate­ful that the peo­ple of South­ern Downs have placed their trust in me,” he said.

“I just want to hit the ground run­ning and work re­ally hard to prove to them I was wor­thy of their trust.”

While it hasn’t been of­fi­cially de­clared, af­ter polling over 40 per cent of the vote, Mr Lis­ter said the real work would start now.

“We want to be abun­dantly cau­tious about this and not stand on the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s toes. They’re the ones who make the call on who has won, but we think at this stage, we’re con­fi­dent the LNP will hold the South­ern Downs.

“I’d like to be ac­cepted as some­one who makes sure the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple in South­ern Downs... the pri­mary pro­duc­ers, small busi­nesses, towns peo­ple, fam­i­lies and pen­sion­ers... that I’m some­one you can rely on.”

He has some things on his wish list go­ing for­ward and in­fra­struc­ture plays a big part in his vision for the fu­ture.

“Whilst we may or may not be in gov­ern­ment I’ll still work hard to get those things done.”

Mr Lis­ter paid spe­cial trib­ute to his wife, Belinda, who’s been by his side through­out the ar­du­ous cam­paign.

“Belinda’s been out­stand­ing. She’s worked enor­mously hard in all sorts of roles and sup­ported me amaz­ingly. It’s great to have a part­ner in this.

“A shout out too to hun­dreds of mem­bers of the LNP who helped in this cam­paign. I’m deeply grate­ful.”

Belinda her­self is keen to get to work and ex­cited about play­ing her part.

“We were both sta­tioned in the Air Force and both given that up to come and work in the South­ern Downs and we see James’ role very much as a part­ner­ship. So I’ll be very ac­tive in the com­mu­nity.

“I’m thor­oughly look­ing for­ward to do­ing that over the next cou­ple years and the years to come,” she said.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

IN CHARGE: The all but con­firmed new Mem­ber for South­ern Downs James Lis­ter with wife Belinda and sons Wil­liam and Jeremy.

PHOTO: SEAN TEUMA

HAPPY DAYS: James and Belinda Lis­ter with faith­ful LNP vol­un­teers who have helped through­out the lengthy cam­paign.

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