Vot­ers quite pre­pared to ditch old al­le­giances

The Weekend Post - - News -

CON­CERNS over the per­for­mance records of the ma­jor par­ties are plagu­ing Cairns lo­cals in the lead-up to the state elec­tion.

Many lo­cals say they are pre­pared to vote against their usual party in a bid to see sus­tain­able change made in the Cairns re­gion.

McLeod St res­i­dent Earl Bar­nett said he wanted to see a govern­ment in power that would put the Far North first.

“I’d like to see Far North Queens­land put on the map, be­cause the rest of the state seems to get all the fund­ing,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing’s for­got­ten above Townsville.”

Smith­field’s Peter Bri­ody said his faith in La­bor and the LNP had been shot af­ter watch­ing years of party pol­i­tics.

He said it would take a change in govern­ment to see real change.

“My con­cern is that the es- tab­lished par­ties should be ousted, and we should get an in­de­pen­dent party in. A change is as good as a rest,” he said.

In the North­ern Beaches there are con­cerns about hous­ing and em­ploy­ment.

Hol­loways Beach res­i­dent Rob Dawad­diez said he was tired of see­ing the skilled work­ers he knew strug­gling to find long-term em­ploy­ment.

“We need more jobs cre­ated and we need bet­ter access to hous­ing, “he said.

“There are plenty of peo­ple on the beaches who have the right tick­ets and qual­i­fi­ca­tions to work, but there just aren’t enough jobs.

“Right now we’re just go­ing in cir­cles.”

The health of the Great Bar­rier Reef, road con­di­tions and up­grades for schools are other con­cerns be­ing voiced by mem­bers of the Cairns com­mu­nity in the lead-up to the Novem­ber 25 elec­tion.

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