Katter, Palmer figures add to voting interest in Hinkler

THE Hinkler campaign has been a quiet, largely positive affair, enlivened only by a traffic court appearance on Wednesday by one of the candidates.

Touches of colour in the campaign arrived with high-profile minor party leaders Bob Katter and Clive Palmer.

The Chronicle election forum in Hervey Bay brought out a strong focus from most candidates on local issues.

With the retirement of respected incumbent Paul Neville, the questions to be answered on Saturday are: will his LNP heir Keith Pitt hold the conservative vote or will the prominence of the Katter and Palmer personality parties stir up a change.

David Dalgleish, Katter's Australia Party

Home town: Hervey Bay

Background: Automotive and mechanical engineer, transport business, former One Nation MLA.

Passionate about: Building businesses, fighting escalating fees and charges, standing against major parties.

Key promises: 

  • Support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects
  • Commercial production plant to produce ethanol fuel
  • Support for small business

Leanne Donaldson, ALP

Home town: Bundaberg

Background: Child safety advocate

Passionate about: Supporting the most vulnerable in our society.

Key promises:

  • Invest in local community, not cutting jobs
  • Support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects, but no specific dollar figure
  • Create jobs through projects such as upgrading the Bruce Hwy
  • $1.5 million to deliver jobs in Wide Bay and Hinkler

Rob Messenger, Palmer United Party

Home town: Bundaberg

Background: RAAF electrician. Former LNP and independent MLA. Supported whistleblower in Patel surgery case

Passionate about: Fair go for veterans.

Key promises:

  • Support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects.
  • Abolish and refund all the carbon tax
  • Reduce electricity prices
  • Fair indexation for military pensions

Keith Pitt, LNP

Home town: Bundaberg

Background: Electrical engineer, cane farmer, training business.

Passionate about: Community involvement; creating jobs for the region.

Key promises:

  • Abolish carbon tax, reduce business regulation
  • Support for Burrum bridge to link Bundaberg and Hervey Bay
  • Ensure Hinkler gets fair share of road upgrades - including flood-proofing the Bruce Hwy

Reid Schirmer, Independent

Home town: Bundaberg

Background: Studied political science; worked as storeperson, mobile car detailer, musician and songwriter.

Passionate about: Local issues in Bundaberg.

Key promises:

  • Dredging of the Burnett River (Did not attend the Chronicle's election forum or take up our offer of editorial space.)

Mark Simpson, Greens

Home town: Burnett Heads

Background: Unknown

Passionate about: Environment, local jobs and promoting sustainable industries.

Key promises:

  • Unknown (Did not attend the Chronicle's election forum or take up our offer of editorial space.)

Troy Sullivan, Family First

Home town: Hervey Bay

Background: Hervey Bay's representative in the Youth Parliament; trainer, involved in youth work, chaplaincy and event management.

Passionate about: Family values; engaging with young people.

Key promises:

  • Re-establish values and policies that support family and maximise opportunity for the individual

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