BOB THE BUILDER
Construction boss pivotal to election win
LITTLE-known father of four Robert Buegge is shaping as a potential kingmaker in this month’s State election.
A Galaxy poll shows Mr Buegge, a director with building group BDI, and fellow independent Ron Nightingale hold sway in the must-win seat of Bonney, with Labor and the LNP tied on the two-party preferred vote.
A CONSTRUCTION boss and courier driver hold the key to the crucial marginal seat of Bonney.
The preferences of independents Robert Buegge and Ron Nightingale have become crucial with the seat resting on a knife’s edge.
A Gold Coast Bulletin Galaxy Research poll shows an even split on a two-party preferred basis and political experts have predicted preferences from the two independents will be vital.
Mr Nightingale, a former One Nation campaign manager, yesterday said he would not allocate preferences on his how-to-vote card.
Building boss Mr Buegge declined to say how he would distribute his preferences.
“I have had a number of people call since Tuesday,” Mr Buegge said.
The director of Indianbased company BDI Group is running on the Gold Coast for the first time with the aim of giving people a choice other than the major parties.
If any deals were done, they will not stay secret for long with pre-poll voting opening on Monday.
Mr Buegge is putting his work on hold for the election while he and his wife care for four teenage children who all go to school at Southport State High School.
For Mr Buegge, the election is about making Bonney a better place.
“We have a fairly large crime rate for our location,” he said. “I’d also like to do something about congestion and work with schools for airconditioning.”
Mr Buegge supports a multi-pronged approach to resolve issues on the M1, including an increase in public transport, expansion and building better feeder roads.
As for The Spit, the builder believed any development should not exceed three storeys.
Mr Buegge said he did not favour one party over the other but he was not happy with Labor’s support of the Adani coal mine.
Mr Nightingale is more familiar with Gold Coast politics having been the campaign manager for One Nation candidate Broadwater Brenden Ball until a split in August.
The Bulletin was told the split occurred after Mr Nightingale had disagreements with staff in the state campaign office.
The courier driver, who specialises in flower deliveries, is still working while he campaigns on a tight budget with few volunteers.
“I am not giving out any preferences,” he said. “I have been hit by the other parties a number of times.”
Mr Nightingale said he believed people were “adult” enough to make their own decisions.
A 12-year resident of the Coast, he said the Labrador and Biggera Waters area needed better policing. In relation to the M1, he said he would like more work done to increase the capacity of service roads.
Robert Buegge (left) and Ron Nightingale have become crucial players in Bonney.