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Everything you need to know about voting in Nanango

Deb Frecklington, John Harbison, Douglas Grant and Ben Rankin.
Deb Frecklington, John Harbison, Douglas Grant and Ben Rankin. Centro Art

IT IS the responsibility of every Queenslander on the electoral roll to vote on Saturday November 25. Here is everything you need to know about what to do:

Where can I vote?

Polling booths in the South Burnett are at:

  • Blackbutt State School
  • Booie Hall
  • Brooklands Rural Fire Brigade
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Council Chambers
  • Cloyna State School
  • Coolabunia State School
  • Cooyar State School
  • Durong Community Hall
  • Goomeri State School
  • Inverlaw Farmers Hall
  • Kilkivan State School
  • Kingaroy State High School
  • St John's Lutheran College
  • Kumbia State School
  • Maidenwell Hall
  • Mondure Community Hall
  • Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall
  • Murgon PCYC
  • Nanango State School
  • Proston State School
  • Taabinga State School
  • Tansey Hall
  • Tingoora State School
  • Wheatlands State School
  • Wondai Town Hall
  • Wooroolin State School
  • Yarraman State School

All booths will open at 8am and close at 6pm.

If you can't vote on Saturday, you have until 5pm on Friday to cast your vote at one of the pre-poll locations throughout the region.

You can vote at SBcare Kingaroy, Kilkivan QGAP Office and the Blackbutt QGAP Office.

How to vote this time around?

The rules have changed on how to vote at this election. For your vote to be valid you have to number every box in terms of your preference. As there are four candidates, with the candidate you like most you have to number 1 in the box and then preference the others in order 2, 3 and 4.

If you leave out a number, or just mark 1, your vote will be invalid and won't be counted. Find out more on page 16.

Who are the candidates?

The candidates as they appear in ballot paper order are John Harbison (The Greens), Deb Frecklington (LNP), Douglas Grant (Pauline Hanson's One Nation) and Ben Rankin (Australian Labor Party).

What do the candidates have to say?

 

THE Greens' Nanango candidate John Harbison says he hopes people who care about social inequity will consider voting Greens on Saturday.

"Queensland voters realise the major parties pander to big business rather than serving local communities," he said.

"Social inequity has increased through regressive costs including soaring power prices.

"In contrast, the Greens can provide a fairer society where communities have a strong voice."

Mr Harbison said the Greens were a grassroots progressive party that "does not receive one cent from major corporations such as large mining companies and property developers and therefore is not beholden to those corporations".

"It is now apparent what progressive means - the Greens are leading the political discussion," he said.

"There is a growing history of Greens policies that major parties immediately dismiss but eventually adopt.

"The growing list of mainstream policies instigated by the Greens include banning semi- automatic firearms, a banking royal commission, reform to negative gearing and capital gains tax, same-sex marriage, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme."

Across the state, the Greens have announced policies relating to child care and the environment.

Leading the party's campaign is a promise to completely stop the Adani Carmichael coalmine.

Queensland Greens spokeswoman Amy MacMahon said the party would expand access to universal child care for two to four-year-olds and build 250 new public childcare centres.

"Just like schools and hospitals, we believe access to free high-quality child care and kindergarten should be free and universal," she said.

"We would give every single three- and four-year- old access to at least three days free child care per week. Two-year-olds would get access to at least one day per week."

The Greens have also promised to introduce four new public holidays, a public infrastructure bank and a tax on vacant properties.

 

SITTING Nanango MP Deb Frecklington, who is also Deputy Leader of the LNP, says she is proud to have served as the Member for Nanango over the past five years.

"With election day just around the corner, I'm asking for your support," Mrs Frecklington said.

"I'm extremely proud to have served you as the LNP MP for Nanango, ensuring the people of the South Burnett have the best representation possible in the Queensland Parliament.

"We live in a beautiful part of Queensland, but I don't believe we should accept lower standards just because we live outside Brisbane's boundaries. Like many locals, I'm frustrated with this do-nothing Labor government. They're just not focused on the basics, things like access to health services, supporting primary producers, better roads and help with the cost of living, especially electricity."

Mrs Frecklington said if she was re-elected and the LNP were placed in government she'd be part of an LNP team which would freeze car registration costs and reduce electricity bills.

"We will build the roads we need and introduce common-sense plans that help local businesses, create jobs, and make our communities stronger," she said.

"With your support, I'll continue to fight and deliver for the South Burnett."

Mrs Frecklington said a future LNP government would commit almost $35million to the Nanango electorate.

This includes promises to widen the Mundubbera-Durong Rd, Cooyar Bridge, Byee Rd and Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Rd.

Other funding commitments include a new portable ultrasound machine for Kingaroy Hospital, a South Burnett Clubhouse for mental health services and a commitment to help the Yarraman Men's Shed establish in the old DAF shed.

"This is a huge commitment to the people of the Nanango electorate and if the LNP forms government after this election, I will be so pleased to see these vital projects delivered," she said.

If the LNP wins Government, Mrs Frecklington would also because Queensland's Deputy Premier.

 

ONE Nation Nanango Candidate Douglas Grant said he had a history of helping to reduce crime around Queensland.

"I'm a business man that has worked around the area supporting towns with volunteering to help you get funding from the proceeds of crime for CCTV security," Mr Grant said.

"I have had numerous requests from locals to help them help (with crime in) their town.

"So far I have put forward over $2million of grants and many have been successful. These groups only pay my fee if I have been successful in getting them the grant."

Mr Grant said he put his hand up to be the One Nation candidate as he was tired of the two major parties.

"They traditionally make lots of promises, but find it difficult to deliver," he said.

"I am a person that does deliver. I do it quietly and efficiently as most business people do.

"I am not a public person and enjoy getting together with friends at home and I care about what is happening in Queensland."

Mr Grant said hearing himself complain about rising State debt was what finally convinced him to put his hand up.

"I was sick of hearing about pensioners that can't afford to eat because they have huge electricity bills and the farmers and veterans that feel abandoned," he said.

"Our kids have no work because all the rural local businesses that prospered once are long gone.

"We have to have a government that supports local industry that in turn will support our youth and young families to remain in the local area."

One Nation has made a number of promises this election, including the introduction of a public child sex offenders registry and more recently scrapping the ban on pre-mixed drinks sold after midnight in pubs and clubs.

The minor party has also promised to increase regional road funding, build a new North Queensland Power Station and build new dams across the state.

"Our politicians have blinkers on when country towns need help," Mr Grant said.

"One Nation wants to at least get into the balance of power to recognise and distribute Australia's money more fairly."

 

LABOR candidate for Nanango Ben Rankin says despite not holding the seat of Nanango, Annastacia Palaszczuk's Labor Government has delivered a lot for the region.

"Labor has never represented the community, however it has delivered and continues to," Mr Rankin said.

Mr Rankin listed the $62million investment into the new Kingaroy Hospital and the Works for Queensland funding as Labor's key achievements for the area.

"This election we have seen the passion of the region towards the politics we support which to me is a good thing," he said.

"Despite it being a taboo subject mostly, politics matters.

"Our community has been given the chance to speak and what we want to see for the next three years."

Mr Rankin said this election provided an opportunity to discuss what the region needed.

"Who do we trust to actually deliver the wants and needs of the region, for the majority," he said.

"The choice is clear if we go by the actions and results. Potentially the safe, same old conservative representation regardless of position or party, or real change to the party that has, is and will continue to deliver.

"Conservative cuts and chaos, versus Labor's over 90 per cent delivered commitments."

"The choice is ours folks, Saturday we can maintain the path of feeling like we have missed out, or we can choose the stable delivering direction."

During the election campaign Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has made a number of promises to the greater Darling Downs region.

She had promised an additional 180 nurses and three more midwives in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services.

Labor has also promised South Burnett Regional Council $4.5 million from round three of the Works for Queensland program if re-elected. Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council would receive $1.2 million.

More recently the Premier promised the South Burnett to Kilkivan Rail Trail could soon be extended all the way to Theebine.

When will results be known?

IT is too early to tell when any results will be known. Make sure to come back after 6pm on Saturday for live and up-to-date information on the results.

Topics:  ben rankin deb frecklington douglas grant john harbison nanango electorate qldelection2017

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