At the polling booth - volunteers (L) Norma Hannant (LNP). Toni-Lee Dale (Independent), Greg McHugh (One Nation), James Dasecke (Greens) and Nathan Scattergood (Labor).
At the polling booth - volunteers (L) Norma Hannant (LNP). Toni-Lee Dale (Independent), Greg McHugh (One Nation), James Dasecke (Greens) and Nathan Scattergood (Labor). Alistair Brightman

ROLLING COVERAGE: All the action from Coast polling booths

5PM: IF ISABELLA Matthysen was old enough to vote, she would be looking for a candidate pushing for school discos and more camping trips.

But it was the 10 year old's mother who had the say in today's election.

Jolene Matthysen would like to see more money delegated to teachers at school so more programs would be introduced.

The pair stopped by the voting booths at Hervey Bay High School.

Isabella, 10, with mum Jolene Matthysen at the Hervey Bay State High School polling booths.
Isabella, 10, with mum Jolene Matthysen at the Hervey Bay State High School polling booths. Annie Perets

3.30PM: IF YOU thought the voting lines were shorter this election than in previous years, you were not imagining it.

Through a new initiative, residents were mailed voting papers featuring unique barcodes that just needed to be scanned prior to hitting a booth.

This is a contrast to every name manually looked for.

Though many residents probably accidentally threw theirs away, Garry Stagg was not one of them.

He was in, and he was out when he stopped at Urangan Point State School to cast his vote.

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2.50PM: When it comes to his kids, Maryborough father Tony Smith wants the best for their future.

Mr Smith voted at St Helens State School on Saturday afternoon with his wife Karen and two children Peter, 9 and Ana, 11 in company.

Given the importance of education to the town of Maryborough, he said he would vote for a positive future for his kids.

"Labor definitely has a decent education policy for schoolkids, that's the guts of it," Mr Smith said.

"There are major resourcing problems with the schools around here.

"Our kids will definitely get a fair go under Bruce Saunders here."

The Smiths, who previously voted LNP at other elections, said Labor's education policy made them change their minds.

Mr Smith predicted Annastacia Palaszczuk would just scrape through at the polls.

1.20PM: For Allison Dudley and Christiane Fletcher, their choices were made the moment they saw their power bills.

The Maryborough voters made their choices on who should be the next state members based on the high power bills they received earlier this year.

For Ms Dudley, who voted for One Nation's James Hansen, seeing her bill of $600 was too much.

"It's disgusting, we've only got two people in the house and that's how much they're charging me," Ms Dudley said.

"The majority of Labor and Liberal governments - what have they done so far?

"With all the damage that's been caused, we want change here."

One Nation will work to lower power bills by about 20% if elected to government.

Ms Fletcher cast her vote for the LNP candidate Richard Kingston, saying there was "no other competition" in the market.

Electricity prices have remained a sore spot for all the candidates, with each party proposing different methods on how to reduce power bills and the average cost of living.

From the LNP camp, savings of up to $160 on Queenslanders' power bills have been promised if they make power.

The State Government has promised to roll out cuts of up to $50 off power bills.

12:45PM: Howard resident Jan Hunt remembers voting when some of the town's houses didn't even have electricity.

The veteran 89-year-old voter cast her vote for Labor's Bruce Saunders at the Burrum District Community Centre on Saturday morning.

89 year old Jan Hunt casts her vote in Burrum
89 year old Jan Hunt casts her vote in Burrum Blake Antrobus

She said the town had gone through major changes since she first started voting in town over 30 years ago.

"There are more buildings and homes being built now compared to back in the day, there were dirt roads as well," Ms Hunt said.

She said voters were more switched on with community issues compared to the old voting days.

"There's more people voting now than back in the day, and they're more serious about community issues than before," she said.

11.30AM: Aspiring politician Nathan Scattergood plans to be as a Hervey Bay candidate one day, and for the last six months has been learning the ropes of a campaign through his role as a Labor volunteer.

The Adrian Tantari supporter said he would like to see the local university turned into a full campus, as promised by Mr Tantari.

Though not sure when he would run, and saying he would be happy working under someone else if a better candidate was to come along, Mr Scattergood is a face and name to remember for the years to come.

He is spending the big day at the poll at Hervey Bay State High School. 

Aspiring politician Nathan Scattergood plans to be as a Hervey Bay candidate one day.
Aspiring politician Nathan Scattergood plans to be as a Hervey Bay candidate one day. Annie Perets

10:45AM: If you're in Torbanlea, now is the perfect time to cast your vote at the town's Community Hall.

Only a few small queues remain at the poll as of 10.30am.

Volunteer Andrew Adams estimated about 100 people had already come to vote since the poll opened at 8.30am this morning.

"It's been a quiet morning, the bulk of people coming through have already made their mind up," Mr Adams said.

He was joined by Fraser Coast councillor Denis Chapman, who was volunteering for Maryborough's LNP candidate Richard Kingston.

10AM: ONE of Ted Sorensen's biggest supporters, his daughter Joanne Stewart, is  hoping her dad will secure the Hervey Bay seat again.

She is greeting voters coming in to put their ballot papers in at the PCYC on O'Rourke St - a role she has been happily participating in since for the last number of elections.

Ted Sorensen's daughter Joanne Stewart is supporting her dad at the election weekend, greeting voters to the PCYC.
Ted Sorensen's daughter Joanne Stewart is supporting her dad at the election weekend, greeting voters to the PCYC. Annie Perets

Mrs Stewart said she was most excited about the funding Mr Sorensen had secured for girl guides, having been a girl guide herself as a youth. 

 

Voting has started at the PCYC in Hervey Bay.
Voting has started at the PCYC in Hervey Bay. Annie Perets

9.30AM: For almost 40 years, Mel Gower has cast her vote for Labor at the Burrum Heads Community Centre.

It's a long tradition for the 84-year-old Burrum Heads resident, who has voted at the town's Community Centre for the past four decades.

"I'm a Labor voter through and through, but ironically some of my children aren't," she joked.

"It always makes for interesting discussions at dinner."

Ms Gower said nothing much had changed with the tradition of voting since she first started all those years ago.

However, she lamented the lack of information about the three parties in this election.

"People are getting fed up with voting, they feel as if their vote is doing nothing," she said.

"With most of the parties, if there's something in there people don't like then they will go to alternatives."

Polls at the Burrum Heads Community Centre are still open until 6pm. The Men's Shed is hosting a sausage sizzle at the polling booth.

Mel Gower casts her vote at Burrum Heads. She's been voting for nearly 40 years.
Mel Gower casts her vote at Burrum Heads. She's been voting for nearly 40 years. Blake Antrobus


 

8.15AM: TOOGOOM voters have turned up bright and early to have their say on who should be the next Member for Maryborough.

Toogoom's Ray Robertshaw said he'll be voting for One Nation today - just as he always has since Pauline Hanson first stood for election in Ipswich in the 90s.

"I remember voting for her just before she went to jail," Mr Robertshaw said.

"That first time vote was like a new era, a change from the major parties."

For James Murphy, this will be his sixth election working with the LNP over about 20 years.

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Mr Murphy said things have changed with voters over that time.

"People are more aware of who they're voting for," Mr Murphy said.

But there's always been good people volunteering, the people here just want the best for the community."



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