Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and opposition Leader Deb Frecklington pose for a photo at the conclusion of a leader’s debate, ahead of the state election on October 31. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and opposition Leader Deb Frecklington pose for a photo at the conclusion of a leader’s debate, ahead of the state election on October 31. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

CASH MAP: Major parties pack plenty of promises

The state election campaign has triggered promises of millions of dollars in projects for the Coast's eight seats.

The single largest promises by each party is the $20 million promise for the Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion by Labor and $30 million to bust congestion at Coolum by the Liberal National Party.

The LNP has also promised $20 million for the stadium expansion, if elected.

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Other major funding commitments include Labor's $9 million for a new Caloundra South police station and the LNP's $15 million to build slip lanes at Caloundra Rd roundabout.

See the map for more information about the projects promised:

These are on top of millions pledged for schools and community groups.

Labor has promised to spend $43 million on school upgrades on the Sunshine Coast and the LNP has pledged $3.13 million for sporting club upgrades.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was at Caloundra on the eve of the October 31 election with candidate Jason Hunt. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was at Caloundra on the eve of the October 31 election with candidate Jason Hunt. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

Former Labor speaker and QUT Adjunct Associate Professor John Mickel said the LNP needed to win nine seats off Labor to form majority government.

It's estimated only about 30 per cent of voters will cast their votes on election day, with record numbers of pre-polling and postal votes.

"The LNP leader, Deb Frecklington, is spending most of her time in Mackay, Townsville and Cairns to try and win Barron River, Townsville, Mirani, Whitsunday and Keppel while the party is still an outside chance of competing for the more rural seats of Thuringowa and Cook," Mr Mickel said.

Queensland opposition LNP leader Deb Frecklington and LNP candidate for Noosa James Blevin with local kids (left to right) Toby Costanzo, Ari Elson, Mitchell Peterson, Monte McGavin. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Marshall
Queensland opposition LNP leader Deb Frecklington and LNP candidate for Noosa James Blevin with local kids (left to right) Toby Costanzo, Ari Elson, Mitchell Peterson, Monte McGavin. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Marshall

"LNP success will depend on preference distributions from smaller parties into Katter's Australian Party and Liberal National Party candidates.

"However, to offset North Queensland losses the Labor Party needs seats in southeast Queensland like Pumicestone and Caloundra, or Coomera and Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

"The LNP looks less likely to make gains in southeast Queensland, including the must win seats of Maiwar and Aspley and maybe is under threat from independent - Claire Richardson - who is an outside chance in the Redlands seat of Oodgeroo."


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