RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE: Whitsunday LNP candidate Jason Costigan (centre) braved the wet weather on Sunday and brought his campaigning to the streets of Airlie Beach with young LNP member Kian Middleton and vice-president of the Airlie Beach LNP branch Stan Wright. Photo Zac Bailey / Whitsunday Times
RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE: Whitsunday LNP candidate Jason Costigan (centre) braved the wet weather on Sunday and brought his campaigning to the streets of Airlie Beach with young LNP member Kian Middleton and vice-president of the Airlie Beach LNP branch Stan Wright. Photo Zac Bailey / Whitsunday Times

Costigan brings campaign to Airlie

DRIVERS approaching Airlie Beach on Sunday afternoon, may have seen Whitsunday LNP candidate Jason Costigan, who refused to let a drop of rain deter him from "taking the campaign to the streets".

Mr Costigan and his supporters spent the weekend by the roadside in different parts of the electorate, including 45 minutes on a street corner in Proserpine last Friday night and more than an hour on Shute Harbour Road at Cannonvale on Sunday afternoon.

"People need to see that you're out and about and anyone who knows me will realise I have more front than David Jones and Myer," Mr Costigan said. "I am very passionate about this region, and the North in general, and I am here because I want to make a difference. For 20 of the past 22 years, Labor has been running our state into the ground and in Whitsunday, they've taken the seat for granted, something I hear all the time now," he said.

Mr Costigan described the public's response as "terrific"

"I think we had more waves than Surfers Paradise," he said.

"It's been very encouraging but there is more work to be done between now and election day, something I'm acutely aware of."

Joining the 'can-do' candidate in the rain was 20-year-old Cian Middleton from Proserpine, who is a member of the 'young LNP'.

Mr Middleton said he gave up his Sunday afternoon "for a good cause".

"I think young people have been let down by Labor," Mr Middleton said.

"Whether you're a young person wanting to get a car registered or whether you're a young person wanting to start a new business, you're much worse off under a Labor government than you would be under an LNP one."

"I think overall an LNP government is more mindful of the needs of regional young people than Labor is," he said.


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