Nanango candidates ready for State Election
NANANGO MP Deb Frecklington will face an uphill battle over the next four weeks to hold on to the seat at the next State Election, which will be held on November 25.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited Government House in Brisbane on Sunday to ask Acting Govenor Catherine Holmes to dissolve the Parliament and call an election of the Legislative Assembly.
While recent polling suggested Mrs Frecklington was in the lead for the seat, One Nation candidate Douglas Grant's support has been rising.
Mrs Frecklington said she was looking forward to kickstarting the campaign.
"I was at the Wondai Markets yesterday and everyone was asking me when the campaign would start," she said.
"People in the South Burnett are ready for it to happen.
"There is a lot more that has to be done, that is why I'm putting my hand up to continue working hard for the people of Nanango."
Mrs Frecklington said the biggest issues at this election "without a doubt" was electricity prices.
"It feeds into the cost of living," she said.
Mrs Frecklington, who is also Deputy Leader of the LNP, said if the LNP were to form the government following the election it would mean she would be the deputy premier.
"That would give the people of the Nanango electorate a really strong voice and a really loud voice," she said.
"The benefit that will bring to the people of Nanango electorate will be great."
Mrs Frecklington said she would announce some policies for the region over the coming weeks.
One Nation candidate Douglas Grant said he would be travelling around the region over the next four weeks meeting with voters.
"It's time for the people of Nanango to elect a member that they can govern, rather than have a party that is maybe inclined to cater to multinationals or foreign investors," Mr Grant said.
"Now it's on.
"Nanango residents have four weeks to make their mind up, I'll be getting out there, meeting some more people and I'm sure they'll have questions now that need answering."
Yarraman resident Ben Rankin will run for Labor.
"I'm certainly not your typical political candidate," Mr Rankin said in September.
"But I reckon that's a good thing out here in Nanango."
The Greens also recently announced environmental scientist John Harbison as their candidate for Nanango.
"The old parties, particularly the conservatives, have been tying themselves in knots over energy and climate action policies," Mr Harbison said.
"It has become evident how detrimental their addiction to big business and climate denial ideology is to regional communities in particular.
"I am proud to represent the Greens in the Nanango electorate to give electors the opportunity to vote for the Greens."