HIGH FLYER: Ann Leahy at the Roma Aero Club on Monday.
HIGH FLYER: Ann Leahy at the Roma Aero Club on Monday. Alexia Austin

Taking off for another term

AS ANN Leahy stares down the barrel of a second term as Warrego's MP, she admits she's only half happy.

After regaining her seat in Saturday's state election, Ms Leahy said she was disappointed to see Labor retain its stronghold on government.

"This is history repeating itself,” the LNP member said.

"It shows that votes for minor and independent parties will get you a Labor majority.”

Ms Leahy said the voters who abandoned major parties were expressing their frustrations with the cost of living, electricity prices, infrastructure maintenance and lack of jobs.

"We need to be better at articulating how to address the issues our constituents face,” she said.

"Don't just talk about the problem, find a solution.”

For Warrego, Ms Leahy said those problems were vegetation management laws, the hike in power prices and infrastructure.

"I'll fight against veg management laws and do anything I can to drive down the cost of electricity.”

The Warrego electorate takes up more than 300,000 square kilometres of southern Queensland.

"I started flying out of necessity,” she said on Monday, from the cockpit of her plane that she co-owns with partner Howard Hobbs.

She has been a passenger of the plane since she first entered parliament in 2015, but 12 months ago she decided to earn her stripes.

"I've done about 20 hours of flying as a student,” she said.

"My instructor wants me to go solo but I need to get my cross-wind landings down pat first.

"Whenever you land anywhere out west you're faced with cross-winds,” she said.

"Flying around the electorate allows me to spend more time on the ground with constituents.

"I can be in Quilpie in the far west in the morning and get to Dalby in the east in the afternoon,” she said.

"We have very different communities and I need to work for all of them on their own issues.”


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