State Member for Warrego Ann Leahy has confirmed she will be seeking LNP endorsement for the seat of Warrego for the next State election following last weeks’ electoral boundary shake up.
Ms Leahy says she has lived and worked with the communities of the regions for more than 20 years and she remains keen to represent the Warrego Electorate wherever the line on the map and whatever the final electoral boundaries.
“No doubt there will be much discussion within communities in my Electorate of Warrego over the next month as community members analyse the detail of the changes and the impact on their community of interest, Warrego will now reach from Dalby to South Australian Border.”
Ms Leahy says she wants to continue to work with all communities in the Warrego Electorate to ensure their voices and issues of concern are well represented in the LNP and the State Parliament.
“And I will use my corporate knowledge and experience to find good outcomes for the people of the Electorate.”
“I have a strong track record of achieving good outcomes for the communities such as projects like the new $70 million Roma Hospital, closing CSG camps and transitioning resource workers into local towns, and fighting for profitability in agriculture, Warrego Highway upgrades and passing lanes, real project delivery through the Royalties for the Region program, supporting category H weapons licences for primary producers – to name a few.”
Mrs Leahy says the LNP is the only party who fought day in day out for regional Queensland in the Parliament and for the five large seats to have a better weightage formula and the extra seats in the State Parliament.
“The LNP were successful in obtaining the additional four seats, however without the better weightage formula, which was voted against by the Palaszczuk Labor Government and others, these large western seats continue to become fewer, and larger and communities of interest disenfranchised.”
She says voters should be aware that the Labor Party and other parties have policies that will result in these large western seats becoming even larger, and may in the future extend from Dalby to Longreach.
“I will continue to fight for large western seats to have additional weightage formula which will reduce the size of the large western Electorates which is needed because of the huge distances in regional Queensland and the way the current formula disenfranchises regional Queensland communities.”
“It should be noted the maps at this stage are draft and those constituents who have concerns or wish to raise objections should contact directly the Queensland Electoral Commission http://boundaries.ecq.qld.gov.au/have-your-say/make-a-submission/submission”