The war for War­rego

6 play­ers, one spot: Get to know the can­di­dates who are fight­ing in ...

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Ann Leahy Party: LNP

FAM­ILY back­ground: Raised on the fam­ily sheep and wool prop­erty, two older sis­ters and two older broth­ers.

School­ing: Pri­mary cor­re­spon­dence, Sec­ondary board­ing school Down­lands Toowoomba, Univer­sity – South­ern Queens­land Toowoomba, Cur­rently en­rolled as stu­dent pi­lot.

I have lived in Charleville for eight years and Roma for past 16 years.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, spe­cial­ist in seek­ing good out­comes for com­mu­nity and find­ing so­lu­tions.

Hob­bies: Sheep dog tri­alling, fly­ing.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vice – For­mer mem­ber of the Roma Zonta Club, mem­ber Com­merce Roma, Chin­chilla Cham­ber of Com­merce and re­cently joined the Dalby Cham­ber of Com­merce, mem­ber of Roma Turf Club and Roma Show So­ci­ety.

What are three key is­sues in War­rego?

Costs of liv­ing and cost of elec­tric­ity, roads and road main­te­nance, and vege­ta­tion man­age­ment.

Why are you run­ning in the elec­tion?

I am pas­sion­ate about the peo­ple who live in War­rego – and I want to make our com­mu­ni­ties a bet­ter place to live and raise a fam­ily. To­gether with the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, I have the en­thu­si­asm, energy and ex­pe­ri­ence in state gov­ern­ment to build a bet­ter War­rego for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Mark O’Brien Party: La­bor

VOT­ERS should take com­fort in the fact that I have been able to de­liver for my com­mu­nity whether it’s been as mayor of Mur­weh Shire, chair of SWNRM, Wild Dog Fence com­mis­sioner or Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants com­mis­sioner. In all these roles I have brought my ac­count­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion and skills, my busi­ness skills de­vel­oped over 40 years in small and large busi­ness and my be­lief that the dig­nity of work through hav­ing a job helps to min­imise many so­cial ills.

What are three key is­sues in War­rego?

The need to con­tinue to re­in­state front­line ser­vices pro­vided by the state. La­bor will do this by con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in peo­ple at the coal­face like 4000 nurses, the 1600 doc­tors, the 500 teach­ers and the 322 po­lice with more promised.

We will con­tinue to in­vest in our com­mu­ni­ties with major in­fra­struc­ture such as the $91 mil­lion Roma Hos­pi­tal and the bil­lions go­ing into so­lar power projects.

We will con­tinue to de­liver di­rectly to lo­cal gov­ern­ment by Way of Works 4 Queens­land.

Why are you run­ning in the elec­tion?

I am a can­di­date be­cause Tim Ni­cholls was part of the lead­er­ship team that took 14,000 jobs away from Queens­lan­ders.

I also am a can­di­date so that War­rego no longer stays as a ‘safe’ seat with lit­tle po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence.

Rob Lough­nan Party: KAP

I AM a 55-year-old fa­ther of two who was born and raised lo­cally. I op­er­ate a cat­tle prop­erty south of In­june and have a strong lo­cal gov­ern­ment back­ground of 22 years, in­clud­ing 16 as mayor.

What are three key is­sues for War­rego?

Power pric­ing. Cus­tomers must go back to pay­ing for oper­a­tional costs only. The major par­ties must never again use our power bills as a hid­den tax col­lec­tion. Fight against any un­nec­es­sary fur­ther leg­is­la­tion and against the rein­tro­duc­tion of La­bor’s dra­co­nian vege­ta­tion man­age­ment laws. Em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties right across the elec­torate. In the east we must sup­port the may­ors and com­mu­ni­ties who are en­forc­ing the obli­ga­tions of CSG op­er­a­tors to com­mit to the towns they op­er­ate in and around. In other parts of War­rego, wa­ter buy­backs and drought are hav­ing an im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties.

Why are you run­ning in the elec­tion?

I am very dis­il­lu­sioned with the performance and di­rec­tion of both major par­ties and the com­pla­cent rep­re­sen­ta­tion here in War­rego. I see KAP and the lead­er­ship of Robby Kat­ter as a di­rect con­trast. We must now have a lo­cal mem­ber who can fo­cus on serv­ing the elec­torate rather than serv­ing their party. The po­ten­tial for KAP to man­age the bal­ance of power for the ben­e­fit of ru­ral Queens­land is also very at­trac­tive to me.

Mark Stone Party: In­de­pen­dent

I HAVE been a solic­i­tor run­ning my own firm in Queens­land for the past 10 years. I be­lieve peo­ple are sick of the major par­ties. I’m a fierce ad­vo­cate for in­di­vid­ual’s rights, smaller gov­ern­ment and less tax. I think peo­ple are sick of politi­cians who don't work with their elec­torate and only come call­ing when it's time for a vote. I ran as a can­di­date in the seat of Wright in the 2016 fed­eral elec­tion. My main goal is dis­turb­ing the cy­cle of LNP and ALP changes of gov­ern­ment.

What are three key is­sues for War­rego?

Elec­tric­ity prices. Price in­creases of 70 per cent are un­rea­son­able. Vege­ta­tion man­age­ment. Land own­ers are sick of be­ing told how to run their farms by in­nercity elites who have never been west of In­dooroop­illy. Roads. The War­rego, Le­ich­hardt, Ca­nar­von, Mitchell, Moonie and Landsborough high­ways are among a num­ber of es­sen­tial roads that aren’t be­ing main­tained.

Why are you run­ning in the elec­tion?

I want to bring back democ­racy into pol­i­tics and rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Queens­land. Bring­ing back in­di­vid­ual rights. Re­in­stalling the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil in Queens­land so that no gov­ern­ment has ab­so­lute power in Queens­land.

I hope to work with the gov­ern­ment when there are good laws be­ing pro­posed and to work with the op­po­si­tion when bad laws are be­ing pro­posed.

San­dra Bam­berry Party: In­de­pen­dent

I AM a mother of two young chil­dren and the wife of a shearer.

We pur­chased our prop­erty at Tara five years ago, af­ter spend­ing two years in South Aus­tralia on a large sheep prop­erty, where my hus­band was over­seer.

What are three key is­sues in War­rego?

Wa­ter sus­tain­abil­ity and qual­ity. Rates and elec­tric­ity prices. Im­pacts of the CSG in­dus­try on the area.

Why are you run­ning for state elec­tion?

To give peo­ple a voice. Be­ing an in­de­pen­dent, I can sup­port and help with any is­sue. Too many top­ics are not dis­cussed as they go against party poli­cies.

Farm­ing is a strong sec­tor in the elec­torate and farm­ers need a strong voice to help pro­tect the land.

Ian Ma­zlin Party: Greens

MR Ma­zlin was un­avail­able for com­ment.

Ann Leahy

Mark Stone

Mark O'Brien

Rob Lough­nan

Ian Ma­zlin

San­dra Bam­berry

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