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Greens candidates don't live here, one doesn't plan to visit

THE Greens' candidates for the Maryborough and Hervey Bay electorates live outside the Fraser Coast and one doesn't plan to visit before the election.

As the January 31 State Election nears, the ballot list has been set with seven candidates contesting in Maryborough and six in Hervey Bay.

Running in Maryborough but living in Cooran north of Noosa, Katherine Webb is a musician who wants to stand against this State Government which she claims is "hell-bent on mining".

"There won't be much of this planet left," she said.

But Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern hit back at Ms Webb, saying the Government had a robust and detailed process for environmental approvals relating to mining.

Ms Webb said she was "in search of what is important to the electorate", but only expects to make one trip up during the election campaign.

>> Check out the latest State Election coverage here

And Kristen Lyons has only been to Hervey Bay as a visitor, but she said her experience living in other regional areas of Queensland made her a good representative for our seaside town.

Dr Lyons, an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane said she was excited to offer voters a chance to vote Greens.

"When the opportunity to run came up I was really delighted to do that," she said.

"Hervey Bay is an ecologically vital part of the State (and a) stunning part of the world."

When asked if she planned to do any campaigning in Hervey Bay, Dr Lyons said she had been "caught off guard" and probably wouldn't visit because of the short election campaign time.

"Unfortunately it will be limited," she said.

This week the Bundaberg Greens' candidate Margaret Anderson admitted she was an "opportunity candidate" and wasn't likely to visit the region as she lives in Sandgate, north of Brisbane.

Topics:  candidate fraser coast greens state election 2015



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