Battle for Dawson begins
THE battle for the electorate of Dawson has begun in earnest with a federal election announced for Saturday, September 7 – and five candidates ready to contest the seat.
Current Liberal MP George Christensen is being challenged by Labor candidate Bronwyn Taha, Greens candidate Jonathon Dykyj, Katter’s Australia Party candidate Justin Englert and Palmer United Party candidate Ian Ferguson.
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) has already announced it will host an event in Airlie Beach for each of the federal candidates to present their vision for growing tourism in the region.
Chief executive officer Danial Rochford said the event would be an excellent opportunity for local businesses and community members to hear directly from the candidates about their priorities.
“We have asked each of the candidates to focus specifically on the tourism industry and what they and their party will do to make sure our local industry sees growth,” he said.
“The Whitsundays is Australia’s third most tourism dependent region [and] first in Queensland, so this is an issue very close to so many locals here.”
The event will be held from 6.30-9am at the Coral Sea Resort on Tuesday, August 20, costing $30 for WMDL members and $45 for non-members. RSVPs are essential.
Meanwhile, the Australian Electoral Commission is reminding all Australians who are eligible to vote to ensure they are enrolled.
Voting is compulsory for every Australian citizen over the age of 18. Enrolment closes at 8pm, on Monday, August 12. For more information visit www.aec.gov.au.