We need better
IT’S disappointing when an entire region appears to be left by the wayside by those vying to represent it.
The Lockyer Valley makes up more than a third of the seat of Wright, yet only two candidates turned up to a debate hosted in Gatton at the weekend.
The event was meant to be a final chance for candidates to convince Lockyer residents they were the right person for the job.
Neither of the major parties were represented at the event. Those who did not attend told organisers they were unable to be there due to other commitments.
While I have no doubt this was true, I feel it speaks volumes of how Lockyer voters are treated compared to the rest of the seat of Wright.
Similar excuses were made when the Gatton Star approached candidates to contribute to the candidate profiles we have been running over the past three weeks. The profiles were simple, with a total of seven questions put to the candidates.
Yet several told the Gatton Star they would be unable to complete the profiles in the prescribed time frame and others simply never responded.
Even more worryingly is the news only one candidate has contacted Lockyer Valley Regional Council in the lead-up to the election, to better understand the region and its needs.
I find it disgraceful the lack of genuine effort and interest being shown for the region.
Candidates standing for the seat of Wright are declaring they believe themselves to be able to represent the whole electorate best and yet they are treating an entire section of the seat with, at best, complacency and, at worst, thinly veiled contempt.
We don’t need more comfortable politicians – we need representatives who will fight tooth-and-nail for their constituents.