Elise Cottam to run for One Nation in Wide Bay
UNSUCCESSFUL Bundaberg mayoral candidate Elise Cottam will run for One Nation in the seat of Wide Bay in July 2's Federal Election.
Ms Cottam started her career in real estate and for the past ten years has volunteered for the State Emergency Services as a member and a Trainer Assessor.
She also has a business that involves training people how to use chainsaws safely in conjunction with first aid, chemical and chipper operations.
The Isis resident ran for the Bundaberg mayoralty in March's council election, which was won by Jack Dempsey in a landslide.
She recorded 9.93% of the vote.
Ms Cottam became the president of the Australian Timber Trainers Association in July last year.
"Helping the community and people in their time of need is the most rewarding job and that is why I am standing as a candidate in the upcoming election," Ms Cottam said.
"I would like to make a difference by allowing our region to have a say in laws that affect people's everyday lives," she said.
"I believe that the major parties have failed us."
Former Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Warren Truss is vacating Wide Bay, which he has held since 1990.
Wide Bay includes Maryborough, Gympie, Fraser Island and Noosa.
Ms Cottam said she believed the seat would stay in the hands of a conservative party, but not necessarily the LNP.
"Many people in this region are still very disgruntled with Turnbull's leadership challenge and they see him as being too left for the Liberal party; they have not forgiven him and are shopping around for another conservative party like Pauline Hanson's One Nation," she said.
"We need to keep our way of life, it's second to none.
"Families and our pensioners are struggling with the cost of living, children are slipping through our school systems with a limited ability to read or write and our university students are graduating with big HECS debts and no job to go to.
"We must introduce an apprenticeships scheme that is beneficial to both the employer and trainee and we must start manufacturing goods here again, keep our jobs here in Australia.
"Industries create long-term jobs but our government have sold us out with so-called 'free trade' deals. Australians look after people in need but lets look after those in our backyard first."
Pauline Hanson, who is standing as a Senate candidate for Queensland, will join Ms Cottam for a tour through the region planned for next month.
Also running in Wide Bay are the LNP's Llew O'Brien, Labor's Lucy Stanton and the Greens' Bron Marsh.