YOUNG VOTER: Lauren Kerr said she had been following the election closely, unlike a lot of her friends.
YOUNG VOTER: Lauren Kerr said she had been following the election closely, unlike a lot of her friends. Katherine Morris

Lauren makes her choice

YOUNG small business owner and customer service worker Lauren Kerr is voting in her first local government election on March 19.

She said, unlike many of her friends, she had been following the election closely.

"Well, firstly I had only heard of one of the candidates and only seen what they were like when they socialised and I have served some of them in customer service," she said.

"Dealing with them in customer service situations and seeing them in social situations turned me off voting for them."

She said among her friends she was probably the only one who had taken any notice of the upcoming election.

"My age group are all like 'what, we have to vote'?" she said.

Miss Kerr said she was torn about who she was going to vote for in her division but knew which mayoral candidate she would support.

She said the biggest issues for her were the possibility of the mine on the outskirts of town, improvement of the roads and phone service coverage.

"Not that they can do much about that," she said.

"Also bringing more business, how many small businesses and franchises have closed in the last 18 months?," she said.

Miss Kerr said at last year's state election she no idea who to vote for and asked some people at work.

"I basically voted based on whose ad was less annoying," she said.

"I didn't take much of an interest."

Miss Kerr said local politics was more interesting because the decision made had a direct impact on her.

"I like the South Burnett, I like Kingaroy; change could happen and it could be better or it could be worse," she said.

"But it directly affects you, and we live here."

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