Belinda McNeven hands out how-to-vote cards with helpers Joe Endres and Debbie Carey at the pre-polling booth in Torquay.
Belinda McNeven hands out how-to-vote cards with helpers Joe Endres and Debbie Carey at the pre-polling booth in Torquay. Alistair Brightman

Locals ready to cast election vote

FIVE weeks of criss-crossing the electorate, kissing babies and courting voters will come to a head today when Hinkler residents head to the polling booth.

With the margin in Hinkler a notional 1.5 per cent, the final count is expected to be tight.

But despite this the candidates are feeling confident.

“I think we’ve had a really focused and hard working campaign,” Labor candidate Belinda McNeven said.

“As I said from the beginning it was always going to be tough.”

Throughout the campaign Ms McNeven has had a steady stream of ministers visit the electorate including heavyweights such as Minster for Education Simon Crean and Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he was feeling quietly confident ahead of polling day.

“Overall it has been one of the most volatile campaigns, I think this has been one of the most volatile election periods since the Whitlam era.”

Family First candidate Trevor Versace said he thought he was going to take out third place on the ballot.

“It has probably been a quieter election than I would have thought but I’m quietly confident,” he said.

Greens candidate Jenny Fitzgibbon will be on the Sunshine Coast for election day.

“I feel that I did a good job of getting the Greens policies out there and into the electorate of Hinkler,” she said.

Independent candidate Cy d’Oliveira said he was feeling confident despite the fact he did not feel his policies had garned much attention.

Independent Adrian Wone said he was feeling positive and hopeful.



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