Wide Bay candidate prioritises education, jobs and drought
SOUTH Burnett students will benefit from $1.3 million in funding if Australian Labor Party candidate Jason Scanes is voted in as Member for Wide Bay at the next federal election.
Education is a passion for Mr Scanes, who will allocate $370,000 in additional funding to Murgon and Cherbourg State School's and $600,000 to Murgon State High School.
"There is significant funding that is going to be reinvested back into those areas. It will allow teachers to focus their style and teaching to those kids within the classes and makes sure they are appropriately resourced to deliver effective education to the kids of that region,” he said.
As the candidate for a seat that has been held by the Liberal National Party for 45 years Mr Scanes understands the challenge he faces but said he had never been one to shy away.
"This is definitely a David and Goliath battle but I am always up for a fight and hopefully it will get the others intro gear and more active around the region,” he said.
"I want to make sure that the people have a fair opportunity and strong voice.”
As a former captain in the Australian Army Mr Scanes said serving the Australian people had always been important to him.
"I always say to people that my opinion, beliefs and desires don't matter. If elected my job is to serve the people, it is not to serve my own purpose,” he said.
Growing up on a farm Mr Scanes said he understood the issues farmers and primary producers were facing during the drought and would make sure he was "banging on the door” until their voice was heard.
"Everyday there is no action on those issues is a day longer they are suffering in the regional areas so they really need action not bureaucratic red tape,” he said.
Creating employment opportunities across the region is also a priority for Mr Scanes.
"Jobs are a significant issues in the region so that is something that we would definitely want to tackle to make sure we are attractive for investors and businesses to set up shop and support local businesses that are already established,” he said.
The Wide Bay electorate goes from the coast to country with Mr Scanes travelling 1000 kilometres in one week from Noosa, Gympie and Maryborough to Murgon.
"We have got really good support from the local branches and that is what we will be relying on to push the campaign forward,” he said.