Queenslanders will head to the polls in just over three weeks.
Queenslanders will head to the polls in just over three weeks.

From the Editor’s Desk: Burdekin election debate

Dear readers,

As we prepare to cast our votes for the people we want to lead us through the COVID-19 economic recovery and for the longest term in the state's history, the Daily Mercury is bringing you another local debate tomorrow.

This debate will be live on the Daily Mercury website.

Simply visit dailymercury.com.au and click on the election debate story which will dominate our home page from 7pm.

The Burdekin debate begins at 7.30pm.

This livestreaming debate will provide Queenslanders with the opportunity to hear candidates' one-minute pitch and provide a forum where we will ask real questions submitted by our readers, giving candidates the opportunity to share what matters most to them in the lead up to election day.

The Mercury and Courier-Mail will partner with Sky News and News Queensland's extensive network of regional titles to deliver the most comprehensive election coverage across the state.

This ensures Queenslanders make an informed decision based on facts when they head to the polls on October 31.

Burdekin candidates: Top: Burdekin MP Dale Last, ALP's Mike Brunker, NQ First's Carolyn Moriarty. Bottom: United Australia Party logo. UAP's candidate is Benjamin Wood, KAP's Sam Cox.
Burdekin candidates: Top: Burdekin MP Dale Last, ALP's Mike Brunker, NQ First's Carolyn Moriarty. Bottom: United Australia Party logo. UAP's candidate is Benjamin Wood, KAP's Sam Cox.

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The election comes amid a COVID-induced recession, with issues like jobs, infrastructure and community safety expected to be at the top of the agenda across the state.

You are invited to submit the questions they want to see tackled.

If they don't make it in to tomorrow's debate, we are committed to ensuring they are asked of our candidates during our election campaign coverage which will run until decision day on October 31.

And we'll be here with all the coverage post-polling day.

Email rae.wilson@news.com.au

We will also host debates for the Mackay and Whitsunday seats to help you decide on election day.

The details of those livestream debates are:

- Mackay, Thursday, October 15, 6.30pm (Moderator Rae Wilson)

- Sky News host Peter Gleeson will moderate a special debate in the key marginal seat of Whitsunday at noon on Thursday, October 15.

Follow all the Burdekin State Election coverage here.

 

Here's some of the most-read local stories on the state election so far:

How well our political hopefuls have scored so far

A new report card ranking the commitment of political parties on a suite of election priorities has been revealed.

The Local Government Association of Queensland's state election report card scored parties on election priorities designed to create or support more than 28,000 jobs and generate $4.6 billion in economic activity.

Isaac region mines including the Peak Downs Mine, Saraji Mine, Goonyella Riverside Mine and Broadmeadow Mine are in the Burdekin electorate. Picture: Zizi Averill
Isaac region mines including the Peak Downs Mine, Saraji Mine, Goonyella Riverside Mine and Broadmeadow Mine are in the Burdekin electorate. Picture: Zizi Averill

Brunker slams LNP's 'Frankenstein' preference plan

ALP Burdekin candidate Mike Brunker has slammed the LNP's plan to preference Labor last across all seats describing it as a "desperate scheme to piece together a Frankenstein minority government".

LNP leader Deb Frecklington made the preference announcement at New Acland coal mine on Monday, saying people had lost their jobs because the Palaszczuk Government had moved the goalposts on the mine's stage three expansion.

LNP commits $6.1m to community centre transformation

A Central Queensland mining town could receive a brand-new community centre with a $6.1 million funding commitment.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington and Burdekin MP Dale Last committed to replacing the Moranbah Community Centre if the party won the October 31 state election.

Gold Rush: Prospecting, fossicking booms in Clermont

Queenslanders wanting to enjoy low budget, family-friendly activities closer to home are contributing to a spike in demand for prospecting and fossicking.

That's according to Clermont business owner Frieda Berry-Porter, who has called on Burdekin state election candidates to commit to increasing public prospecting areas.

The Outback Prospector owner Frieda Berry-Porter. Picture: Zizi Averill
The Outback Prospector owner Frieda Berry-Porter. Picture: Zizi Averill

State commits $3.5m for new Clermont police station

Planning and consultation is under way for a new $3.5 million police station in Clermont.

Police Minister Mark Ryan has committed the funds for the station to replace the existing station on Capella St.

 

The Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce will also host a State Election debate on Thursday, October 8, from 5.45pm at the Windmill Motel, Mackay.

Resource Industry Network will host a Q&A panel with Mackay candidates on Friday, October 9, from 11.45am at Souths Leagues Club.

Tickets are $65 for members, or $95 for non-members.

 

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