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Callide, meet your candidates

Chinchilla News went on the hunt to find out the key issues for the region at the upcoming state election.
Chinchilla News went on the hunt to find out the key issues for the region at the upcoming state election. Brooke Duncan

As the clash for Callide looms, candidates have been across the region speaking to voters and rallying support.

Here's what they think are the key issues at the election, and why they're running.

The Greens Jaiben Baker
The Greens Jaiben Baker

Jaiben Baker

Party: The Greens

Age: 42

BORN in Rockhampton and raised on a family cattle property in Monto, Mr Baker is the eldest of five children. Happily married, Mr Baker, his wife and young family live on a property not far from Monto. Mr Baker is a small rural business owner and stay at home dad.

What are three key issues in Callide?

Reversing rural decline to bring more people and jobs back to our communities, supporting farmers through various initiatives so they can remain on the land while caring for their country, and lower electricity prices by enabling the transition to a renewable energy economy and other initiatives.

Why are you running in the election?

I've been called to action to offer a stable, practical alternative in Callide because I've been saddened by the rural decline I've seen occurring for many years.

I will be part of the solution to turn this around.

Also, moving back to my homeland and becoming a father has driven me to help fix the broken systems and create a positive future for all.

Darren Blackwood ALP
Darren Blackwood ALP

Darren Blackwood

Party: ALP

Age: 48

MOST of Mr Blackwood's family has grown up and lived in the Banana Shire. Mr Blackwood's father was a returned serviceman who spent time in the Navy and served during the Vietnam War. Mr Blackwood is a second generation coal miner, currently working as a production technician and machine operator at the Callide Coal Mine in Biloela. He is happily married to Karen and has three children.

What are three key issues in Callide?

Creating secure jobs through investment in infrastructure that will enable more economic opportunities, developing tourism to broaden our economies, and developing community and social infrastructure to give families and their children more to do in our region.

Why are you running in the election?

I am passionate about our region and believe the only way we will start getting our fair share is if we elect a member with the energy and drive to ensure we stop missing out.

I believe I can be Callide's voice in Brisbane.

KAP Robbie Radel
KAP Robbie Radel

Robbie Radel

Party: KAP

Age: 39

MR RADEL lives in Biggenden, having gone to Biggenden State High School.

A fourth-generation dairy farmer, Mr Radel is married with six children between the ages of three and 13.

What are three key issues in Callide?

Electricity prices, water security and infrastructure, road and bridge maintenance.

Why are you running in the election?

Through my role on the NBRC (North Burnett Regional Council), I have become acutely aware of the issues that face our region and how the lack of a positive and passionate state MP has left Callide flailing behind almost every other electorate.

I started to look into the prospect of running at the state election and what all the parties had to offer for their regional and rural constituents.KAP came out clearly on top as they are the only party who are 100 per cent focused on regional and rural Queensland and are not interested in running candidates in the south-east corner.

LNP Colin Boyce
LNP Colin Boyce

Colin Boyce

Party: LNP

Age: 55

MR BOYCE grew up on a broad acre farming and cattle property west of Wandoan. Mr Boyce is a grazier, farmer, earthmoving contractor and boilermaker/engineer. He has been married for 30 years and has three young adult children.

What are the three key issues in Callide?

Price of electricity, problems with the aftermath of CSG construction phase, tree clearing, land and water security.

Why are you running in the election?

LNP is the only government with a plan to take Queensland forward by providing affordable electricity, major infrastructure projects, dams, roads and bridges. We will create jobs, significantly reduce the cost of power. We will commit to major infrastructure projects throughout Queensland including major dam, road and bridge projects.

I bring years of life skills and business skills to deliver the best possible outcomes for Callide. I am a practical man and I know how to make practical decisions.

Sharon Lohse One Nation
Sharon Lohse One Nation

Sharon Lohse

Party: One Nation

SHARON Lohse was born into a generational grazing family in rural Queensland, worked for Queensland Health in the school dental service and later in the banking sector. She is happily married to grazier Robert Lohse and conducted a partnership in breeding and finishing beef cattle enterprise. She has three children.

What are three key issues in Callide?

Property rights are at the heart of issues negatively impacting landholders, oppressive and impractical vegetation management laws and the manipulation of land tenure for the purpose of land acquisition is being driven by political agendas.

Limited health services with interim visiting doctors in rural hospitals is not a desirable situation.

Why are you running for election?

Over my lifetime, conducting a partnership in a beef cattle business, raising and educating my children for 15 years through Distance Education and living in a rural community, I am very aware of challenges associated with rural and remote communities.

Topics:  queensland election 2017


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