Bat­tle for Daw­son be­gins

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

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