Mount Isa boilermaker Craig Scriven is the latest person to nominate for the seat of Traeger.
Mr Scriven said he was running as an independent because of the diversity of the electorate and it enabled him to have a say on the important matters.
“Labor says it supports the workers but its farming policies aren’t quite there while the LNP is there for the farmers but not quite for the workers,” Mr Scriven said.
Mr Scriven said youth crime was an important issue. “We have to engage with the parents as well as the children,” he said. “Being an emergency foster parent I understand that the children are doing wrong but they don’t know any better.”
He said farmers had enough of red tape. “They just want to farm; grow their cattle, produce their crops and get it to market.”
On unemployment he said it was important to encourage companies to stick with apprentices for the full four years and he also wanted to encourage start-up businesses.
“We need to be able to fund start up businesses – A lot of people have good ideas but they just haven’t got the financial capital to start it up,” he said.
Mr Scriven said he grew up in St George in southern Queensland, and he managed a business after leaving school, worked on irrigated farms, then moved to Ipswich to learn trades and managed workshops in Brisbane.
He then started a communications business in St George and retired in Hervey Bay before coming to Mount Isa five years ago for an engineering job.
“I’m pretty happy, I do like the place, it doesn’t quite feel like home yet but it could be,” he said.
Mr Scriven said he was available to talk to any constituents from 4-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am-8pm on weekends on 0422 834 210.