Pledge: Warren Truss.
Pledge: Warren Truss. Valerie Horton

Wide Bay is waiting for promises

A COMMITMENT by Warren Truss to make a Maryborough school a leading light in a Coalition government's Solar Schools program was undoubtedly welcome news for the staff and students of St Mary's Primary School.

The promise of a $50,000 grant to install solar power at the school was also noteworthy in a Wide Bay electorate where election announcements and commitments have been few and far between.

Compared with its neighbouring Hinkler constituency, where the competition is fierce, the Wide Bay electorate has been starved of the whistles and bells of a good election joust.

Also lacking - at least at the Maryborough end - has been the appearances of some of the five candidates.

One Nation's Santo Ferraro and Family First candidate Ken Herschell have been hard to spot at all since the election was called on July 24.

The other three have offered a slightly stronger presence in Maryborough.

Warren Truss has had an easier job of it - the sitting MP lives in Maryborough.

He has spent some of his campaign in his home town but has also travelled interstate in his role as leader of the National Party, prompting some residents to ask of his whereabouts.

The result of the Federal election will be critical for Mr Truss, who will most likely become the next deputy prime minister if the Coalition wins power.

Labor candidate Nikolee Ansell hit Station Square shopping centre last week on her campaign trail and was back in town again on Saturday.

Greens candidate Jim McDonald has been in close contact with the Aldershot community, as well as walking Lennox Street last week to hand out election material.

All five candidates will be available to meet the public at a meet-the-candidates event hosted by the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce tomorrow night at the City Hall, starting at 5.30pm.

The event will offer Mr Truss a chance to elaborate on his solar powered commitment to St Mary's Primary School and the solar energy program the Coalition has committed to.

“The Solar Schools program will help to reduce schools energy bills, lower emissions, and also assist in educating students and the community about the importance of renewable energy,” Mr Truss said.

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