Meet the candidates battling for Warrego

Mark O'Brien

Party: Labor

VOTERS should take comfort in the fact that I have been able to deliver for my community whether it's been as mayor of Murweh Shire, chair of SWNRM, Wild Dog Fence commissioner or Local Government Grants commissioner. In all these roles I have brought my accounting qualification and skills, my business skills developed over 40 years in small and large business and my belief that the dignity of work through having a job helps to minimise many social ills.

What are three key issues in Warrego?

The need to continue to reinstate frontline services provided by the state. Labor will do this by continuing to invest in people at the coalface like 4000 nurses, the 1600 doctors, the 500 teachers and the 322 police with more promised.

We will continue to invest in our communities with major infrastructure such as the $91 million Roma Hospital and the billions going into solar power projects.

We will continue to deliver directly to local government by way of Works 4 Queensland.

Why are you running in the election?

I am a candidate because Tim Nicholls was part of the leadership team that took 14,000 jobs away from Queenslanders.

I also am a candidate so that Warrego no longer stays as a 'safe' seat with little political influence.

Rob Loughnan

Party: KAP

I AM a 55-year-old father of two who was born and raised locally. I operate a cattle property south of Injune and have a strong local government background of 22 years, including 16 as mayor. As mayor, I influenced both levels of government to attain a quality MPHS aged care solution for Mitchell and the new hospital for Roma. Both were desperately needed but neither attracted the advocacy or support of the local members who sought to retain the status quo in both cases.

What are three key issues for Warrego?

Power pricing. Customers must go back to paying for operational costs only. The major parties must never again use our power bills as a hidden tax collection. Fight against any unnecessary further legislation and against the reintroduction of Labor's draconian vegetation management laws. Employment opportunities right across the electorate. In the east we must support the mayors and communities who are enforcing the obligations of CSG operators to commit to the towns they operate in and around. In other parts of Warrego, water buybacks and drought are having an impact on individuals and communities.

Why are you running in the election?

I am very disillusioned with the performance and direction of both major parties and the complacent representation here in Warrego. I see KAP and the leadership of Robby Katter as a direct contrast. We must now have a local member who can focus on serving the electorate rather than serving their party. The potential for KAP to manage the balance of power for the benefit of rural Queensland is also very attractive to me.

Sandra Bamberry

Party: Independent

I AM a mother of two young children and the wife of a shearer.

We purchased our property at Tara five years ago, after spending two years in South Australia on a large sheep property, where my husband was overseer.

What are three key issues in Warrego?

Water sustainability and quality.

Rates and electricity prices.

Impacts of the CSG industry on the area.

Why are you running for state election?

To give people a voice. Being an independent, I can support and help with any issue. Too many topics are not discussed as they go against party policies.

Farming is a strong sector in the electorate and farmers need a strong voice to help protect the land.

Ann Leahy

Party: LNP

FAMILY background: Raised on the family sheep and wool property, two older sisters and two older brothers.

Schooling: Primary - correspondence, Secondary - boarding school Downlands Toowoomba, University - Southern Queensland Toowoomba, Currently enrolled as student pilot.

I have lived in Charleville for eight years and Roma for past 16 years.

Occupation: Member of Parliament, specialist in seeking good outcomes for community and finding solutions.

Hobbies: Sheep dog trialling, flying.

Community Service - Former member of the Roma Zonta Club, member Commerce Roma, Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and recently joined the Dalby Chamber of Commerce, member of Roma Turf Club and Roma Show Society.

What are three key issues in Warrego?

Costs of living and cost of electricity, roads and road maintenance, and vegetation management.

Why are you running in the election?

I am passionate about the people who live in Warrego - and I want to make our communities a better place to live and raise a family. Together with the local communities, I have the enthusiasm, energy and experience in state government to build a better Warrego for our future generations.

Mark Stone

Party: Independent

I HAVE been a solicitor running my own firm in Queensland for the past 10 years. I believe people are sick of the major parties. I'm a fierce advocate for individual's rights, smaller government and less tax. I think people are sick of politicians who don't work with their electorate and only come calling when it's time for a vote. I ran as a candidate in the seat of Wright in the 2016 federal election. My main goal is disturbing the cycle of LNP and ALP changes of government.

What are three key issues for Warrego?

Electricity prices. Price increases of 70 per cent are unreasonable. Vegetation management. Land owners are sick of being told how to run their farms by innercity elites who have never been west of Indooroopilly. Roads. The Warrego, Leichhardt, Canarvon, Mitchell, Moonie and Landsborough highways are among a number of essential roads that aren't being maintained.

Why are you running

in the election?

I want to bring back democracy into politics and representing the people of Queensland. Bringing back individual rights. Reinstalling the Legislative Council in Queensland so that no government has absolute power in Queensland.

I hope to work with the government when there are good laws being proposed and to work with the opposition when bad laws are being proposed.

Ian Mazlin

Party: Greens

MR Mazlin was unavailable for comment.

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