THE LNP has endorsed the Fraser Coast's sitting members for the next election in the hope of extending their stranglehold on the region.
Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen and member for Maryborough Anne Maddern were officially endorsed by LNP president Bruce McIver yesterday morning.
Mr Sorensen has represented Hervey Bay in State Parliament since 2009.
Ms Maddern achieved a narrow victory over popular MP Chris Foley during the LNP's landslide election win in 2012.
The Chronicle asked the two about their experiences and their ambitions leading in to the next State Election.
What are the Fraser Coast's future challenges?
Anne: Continuing to build community confidence and provide more opportunities for growing our economy.
Ted: One of the big things in this region is working with the Federal Government to build the high-care units for the retirement people and I think there's about 460 beds that are available now, but nobody's building them. Health is one of the biggest employers in Hervey Bay.
What will you do for the region should you be elected in 2015?
Anne: I am determined to make this a community that is the envy of the rest of Queensland. This will mean a continuation of providing frontline services in our hospital and in our schools, providing support to business and industry, supporting our community groups and families.
Ted: I'll continue to represent them. The big thing I'd like to see is the development of the boat harbour. I think there's three major industries that we've got to look at in this area - the health industry, the education industry, and the boating industry. There's a lot of work in that boating industry.
How will you grow employment?
Anne: Develop more strategies for underpinning business. I am currently working on several major projects, which will support business and our community.
For example, expanding agriculture through freeing up unallocated Crown Land, developing a major water infrastructure plan for the future to underpin agriculture, business and residential, looking at the redevelopment of part of the CBD - independently from what the council might be doing.
Ted: That's the industries that we've got to grow the employment in.
What will you focus on during your campaign?
Anne: We have listened and then achieved; we will continue to listen and together with the community I am determined that we will achieve even more.
Ted: I can't tell you that mate (laughter). I think the growth of Hervey Bay is one of the biggest issues in keeping up with the infrastructure.
How have you found the 2012 term?
Anne: It has been a great privilege to work with a wonderful community of diverse, caring, interested vibrant people. For me personally it has been incredibly stimulating and most satisfying when a problem comes forward and I can resolve it.
Ted: It's been good but there's some frustrations in trying to clean up the red tape the previous government left us with. I think there's a good example with the Gatakers Bay boat ramp.
We've got about four departments - that all should come under one department so we can get on with it.
What has been your biggest success?
Anne: I would say it is up to the community to judge that. On a personal level, the incredible changes to the hospital and services that it provides and also in education at a local level.
Ted: The biggest success is getting the waiting lists down on a lot of things at the hospitals. The health issues are very important.
What has been your biggest failure?
Anne: Not enough hours in the day.
Ted: I don't ever think of failures. I mightn't have achieved it yet, but I will in the future.
How would you describe yourself as an MP?
Anne: I never give up. I work on the philosophy that if one works hard enough, long enough, that together with the community we will achieve good results.
Ted: I think that's up to other people to make that judgment. I like to listen to people and like to represent most people. It's a good thing I suppose when people come in here that are having problems and trying to sort their problems out.
If you could have a choice at a ministerial portfolio, what would you choose?
Anne: It would be a great honour to be offered a ministerial portfolio.
However, ministers are rarely in their electorate. I love working with the community in this electorate, so I am very happy to stay a back bench member and spend most of my time here.
Ted: Parks and Wildlife. It's a big part of this whole area. It's one of your biggest tourist attractions in the State. Being one of the whips is an art.
Do you support daylight saving?
Anne: No. I am conscious that Queensland is a very big state and Australia a very big country and we are always going to have different time zones because of that.
Ted: No I'm not getting into that one mate.
What do you love most about your electorate?
Anne: Our people.
Ted: I think the people in it. There's a lot of people out there who are volunteer workers and all those people around you they do a great job and they help you out.
- In 2009, Anne Maddern was defeated by sitting MP Chris Foley by 8354 votes after preferences
- In 2012, she returned to beat Foley, who had held the seat for nine years, by 170 votes
- Ted Sorensen defeated sitting Bligh Government Minister Andrew McNamara in 2009 by 3510 votes
- He extended his margin to an 11,604-vote win in 2012.
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