A week and a half out from the election and LNP candidate Ron Bird has had to defend his party from accusations it has abandoned the electorate.
So far the only election commitment from the party is to give $5 million towards a feasibility study for the Mount Isa Super Pit, an idea that already seems dead in the water after pit owners Glencore said it was financially unviable.
Speaking on ABC News on Wednesday morning Mr Bird said the party would create the right investment environment to create jobs in the region.
Meanwhile Robbie Katter has put out two how to vote card half of which Ron Bird behind Labor, the other half has him in front. Either way they are four or five on his card. The card reads 1. Katter 2. Sarah Isaacs (Ind) 3. Craig Scriven (Ind.) 4. Danielle Slade (ALP) 50% and Ron Bird (LNP) 50% 5. Danielle Slade (ALP) 50% and Ron Bird (LNP) 50% and 6. Peter Relph (Greens).
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Mr Katter was campaigning in Normanton and Croydon on Tuesday.
His HTV card news boosts Labor candidate Danielle Slade’s chances of likely finishing second and she was out on Tuesday spruiking her party’s $9.4m investment in country racing.
“This will generate jobs, help country race clubs and their local economies – Over 1850 regional Queenslanders relied on the racing industry for full-time employment this year,” Ms Slade said.
“Country racing contributing $225m to the state economy. Jockeys, owners, trainers, and other industry members will all benefit from the Labor’s increased investment in country racing.”
Independent candidate Craig Scriven said he had been talking to councils and charity groups across the electorate ahead of the North West Star / ABC North West Queensland candidate forum in Mount Isa on Tuesday, November 21.
“The smaller councils have engaged quite well with information conversations with mayors or CEO,” Mr Scriven said.
“But some councils have declined to meet until after the 21st making it extremely hard to comment on local council issues at the North West Star event on the 21st.”
Fellow independent Sarah Isaacs was in Charters Towers where she met mayor Liz Schmidt.
“What an incredible leader who was kind enough to spend some time with me, “ Ms Isaacs said.
“We discussed local issues and the Traeger region as a whole. There are some wonderful things on the horizon.”
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