JUDGMENT APPROACHES: Anne Maddern and Ted Sorensen with Campbell Newman when the Premier visited the Fraser Coast.
JUDGMENT APPROACHES: Anne Maddern and Ted Sorensen with Campbell Newman when the Premier visited the Fraser Coast. Alistair Brightman

Countdown to the state election is on

A YEAR out from the state election and the Chronicle is looking back on our state members' performances.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern has represented the district since April 2012, and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen since 2009.

Since Ms Maddern took office in 2012 the region has been through great change.

Cane farmers' crops have been soaked by flood and starved by drought.

Since promising to improve the health system in 2012, Ms Maddern has weathered a storm.

The Queensland Nurses Union has protested over Maryborough's Pathology lab closing, Yaralla Place Nursing Home being sold and jobs being cut.

However Ms Maddern said Maryborough Hospital had been made an integral part of the Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service.

She cited an emergency department, sub-acute care, centre of excellence for endoscopies, centre of excellence for orthopaedic surgery with attached state-of- the-art rehabilitation unit, increasing dental chairs to 15 and reducing the dental waiting list from 8½ to two years, as achievements.

Mr Sorensen and Ms Maddern are not guaranteed to be the LNP candidates in about a year's time.

LNP state director Brad Henderson said the LNP's candidate selection was conducted in every seat ahead of every election with local party members selecting the candidate.

"The LNP's pre-selection process is currently underway, with applications invited from members of the community and candidates being endorsed in the seats held by Labor, the minor parties and independents first," he said.

Ted Sorensen said he would definitely be coming forward to contest another election.

"I will certainly be putting my name up for the state seat of Hervey Bay at the next election," Mr Sorensen said.

"Representing the people of Hervey Bay, working to get positive results for them, no matter how many extra hours in any week that I'm making that effort, is a real privilege and I enjoy it.



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