Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd with Mark Hulst in Agnes Water on Saturday.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd with Mark Hulst in Agnes Water on Saturday. Rob Black

Candidates meet residents at 'jewel in the crown' Agnes

THE federal election bandwagon was in Agnes Water at the weekend as candidates for the seat of Flynn rolled into town on Saturday morning.

Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy-based business group Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce hosted the meet and greet at the Endeavour Plaza shopping centre, and seven of the nine candidates talked with locals about issues affecting the district.

Sitting Member Ken O'Dowd (LNP), Labor candidate Chris Trevor, The Greens' Serena Thompson, Rise Up Australia's Kingsley Dickins, Katter's Australian Party's Richard Love and independents Duncan Scott and Craig Tomsett were there.

Acting DCTC president Cheryl Wickes said there had been quite a good roll-up to meet the candidates, although not as big in terms of numbers as there had been at similar functions during past election campaigns.

Questions were put to candidates about the problems and needs specific to The Discovery Coast, with education and roads high on the agenda for many of the locals.

Sitting Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said Agnes Water and surrounds was a jewel in the crown of the electorate.

"However, many of the current government's policies - like the carbon tax - have hurt our local communities and excessive waste has meant that we have not seen a fair share given to Flynn," he said.

"I have worked hard to lay the foundation for a prosperous future for our community and to help build policy that will cut the cost of living, stop wasteful government spending and create jobs and better communications to boost this region."

Mr O'Dowd, a former Gladstone businessman, wrested the seat of Flynn away from Chris Trevor at the 2010 election by a 3.6% margin.

Mr Trevor had won the seat when Kevin Rudd swept to power at the 2007 election following a re-distribution in central Queensland to form the relatively new seat - one of the largest federal seats, in area, in Australia.

Mr Trevor, also a Gladstone businessman, and his wife Colleen recently built a home in Agnes Water and they split their time between Agnes and Gladstone, but said they intended to eventually live permanently in the town.

"I have a proven track record of delivery in Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy area," Mr Trevor said.

"Although not a federal responsibility, I lobbied the then Premier of Queensland for land to be acquired for a high School in Agnes Water. That acquisition happened.

"The LNP State Government may now sell it like the Calliope high school land."

And to flood-proof access to Agnes Water Mr Trevor said: "State Government policy needs to be amended to allow flood studies to occur to determine immediate action.

"I promise a feasibility study into raising Needle Flats (and) completion of the Turkey Beach to Agnes Water road sooner rather than later."

Who do you plan to vote for in Flynn?

This poll ended on 07 September 2013.

Current Results

Ken O'Dowd, LNP

42%

Chris Trevor, ALP

38%

Steve Ensby, PUP

3%

Richard Love, KAP

5%

Duncan Scott, IND

1%

Craig Tomsett, IND

4%

Kingsley Dickins, Rise Up Australia

0%

Serena Thompson, Greens

2%

Renae Moldre, Family First

1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Raiji Cleak with ALP candidate Chris Trevor.
Raiji Cleak with ALP candidate Chris Trevor.