FULL LIST: Queensland election candidates for the Mackay region.
FULL LIST: Queensland election candidates for the Mackay region.

Full list: Meet your Qld election candidates for Mackay

WITH the Queensland election only one sleep away, the Daily Mercury is committed to providing our readers with the most comprehensive coverage of the state poll.

Our readership covers four electorates: Mackay, Whitsunday, Mirani and Burdekin.

If you haven't cast your vote yet, the Mercury has done the hard work for you by getting to know the candidates chasing your vote.

Here are all the 2020 Queensland election candidates for Mackay, Whitsunday, Mirani and Burdekin, in order of how they appear on the ballot paper:

 

<<<MACKAY>>>

 

CHRIS BONANNO (LNP)

This father of five and grandfather of two has most recently been Grant Broadcasters general manager, having served in Mackay Regional Council from 2012 to 2016.

During that time, Mr Bonanno engaged in major decisions and service to the people of Mackay region as the portfolio councillor for festivals, events and the arts.

Read more about him here.

 

SHAUN KRSTIC (LCQ)

Mr Krstic, born and raised in Queensland, turned to cannabis after struggling from a rare medical condition in addition to chronic back pain caused by a car accident.

A long time cannabis advocate, he is "sick of being labelled a criminal" for choosing the drug, which he believes is a healthier social alternative to alcohol.

Read more about him here.

 

JULIE SAUNDERS (IMOP)

As a Kamilaroi Bigumbal woman who has lived in Mackay the past 10 years, Ms Saunders is proud of her cultural heritage and is passionate about integrating cultural learnings, language and Australian history into mainstream education.

She also believes authorities should include more cultural education into their training processes.

Read more about Julie here.

 

JULIEANNE GILBERT (ALP - Mackay MP)

Mrs Gilbert is a fifth generation Mackay local - she and her husband Frank currently live in East Mackay.

As the mother of one daughter and two stepsons, as well as a grandmother of three, Mrs Gilbert understands the importance of education in making sure young people get the best start in life.

Read more about the Mackay MP here.

 

CHRISTINE KEYS (ONP)

Former Carmila primary school principal Christine Keys is the One Nation challenger for the seat of Mackay.

The mother of three said education would be her priority if she secured the seat at the upcoming state election.

Read more about her here.

 

IMOGEN LINDENBERG (GREENS)

Ms Lindenberg was born and raised in Mackay and has worked at a local independent bakery for the past eight years.

She has vowed to listen to the concerns of everyday people as part of her "grassroots, community-based" campaign.

Read more about Imogen here.

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Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert with Chris Bonanno (LNP), Christine Keys (ONP), Julie Saunders (IMOP), Shaun Krstic (Legalise Cannabis) and Imogen Lindenberg (Greens).
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert with Chris Bonanno (LNP), Christine Keys (ONP), Julie Saunders (IMOP), Shaun Krstic (Legalise Cannabis) and Imogen Lindenberg (Greens).

<<<WHITSUNDAY>>>

 

PAUL HILDER (LCQ)

This former singer, musician and teacher is now employed as a disability support worker.

The party described their Whitsunday candidate as being "an active voice in his local community".

Read more about Paul here.

 

Legalise Cannabis Queensland candidate for Whitsunday Paul Hilder speaking at the Chamber of Commerce debate, October 8. Picture: Heidi Petith
Legalise Cannabis Queensland candidate for Whitsunday Paul Hilder speaking at the Chamber of Commerce debate, October 8. Picture: Heidi Petith

AMANDA CAMM (LNP)

The former Mackay deputy mayor has a background in economic development, mining and engineering.

Ms Camm said locals were becoming increasingly frustrated about the cost of living, water security and jobs.

Read more about her here.

 

GREG ARMSTRONG (UAP)

A long-time Mackay resident, Mr Armstrong has a strong background in digital marketing, search engines and enterprise websites.

He spent five years in the Royal Australian Navy, including active service operations in East Timor and border protection.

Read more about him here.

 

United Australia Party candidate for Whitsunday Greg Armstrong.
United Australia Party candidate for Whitsunday Greg Armstrong.

EMMA BARRETT (GREENS)

Business owner and self-described 'lady tradie' Emma Barrett will fly the flag on behalf of the Queensland Greens.

Ms Barrett runs her own house painting business and has worked in both the environmental sector and construction industry.

Read more about her here.

 

Small business owner and self-described 'lady tradie' Emma Barrett will fly the flag on behalf of the Greens.
Small business owner and self-described 'lady tradie' Emma Barrett will fly the flag on behalf of the Greens.

ANGIE KELLY (ALP)

Ms Kelly has been principal of Cannonvale State School for the past eight years and said her interactions with Whitsunday families gave her a good understanding of the issues that mattered to the region.

One of Ms Kelly's main priorities coming into the election was ensuring the future of Whitsunday jobs and tourism.

Read more about Angie here.

 

DEB LAWSON (ONP)

The Bucasia mother of three unsuccessfully put her hand up for the seat of Dawson at the 2019 Federal Election.

The former sales and business development officer is determined to change the region's "boom or bust" fortunes into a secure, long term investment district.

Read more about her here.

 

JASON COSTIGAN (NQ FIRST - Whitsunday MP)

Jason Costigan, or just 'Costo' to those who have followed his career in the media well before he entered politics, is a father of a two, fiercely proud fifth-generation North Queenslander and First Fleet descendant.

Mr Costigan was expelled by the LNP in February 2019 and has since gone on to become leader of his own political party, NQ First.

Read more about him here.

 

CIARON PATERSON (KAP)

Mr Paterson has been a Whitsunday resident for almost two decades and is currently an operations manager for an Indigenous-run labour hire company in the mining sector.

He is passionate about improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk, unemployed and troubled youths in the region.

Read more about Ciaron here.

Whitsunday candidates: (Top) Amanda Camm (LNP), Jason Costigan (NQFirst). (Right) Angie Kelly (ALP). (Bottom) Deb Lawson (ONP) and Ciaron Paterson (KAP).
Whitsunday candidates: (Top) Amanda Camm (LNP), Jason Costigan (NQFirst). (Right) Angie Kelly (ALP). (Bottom) Deb Lawson (ONP) and Ciaron Paterson (KAP).

<<<MIRANI>>>

 

STEPHEN ANDREW (ONP - Mirani MP)

From links to slavery in north Queensland's canefields to the halls of power, Mr Andrew created history on February 13 2018 when he was sworn into the 56th Queensland Parliament as the first direct descendant of a "kanaka'' to become an Australian MP.

He runs a firearms business and mining/vertebrae pest management business that services both the mining and rural sectors.

Read more about him here.

 

NICK BYRAM (Civil Liberties and Motorists Party)

No biography provided.

 

SHANE HAMILTON (ALP)

A former Mackay Regional Council election contender in March, Mr Hamilton grew up on cane farms and cattle stations in Mirani.

The coal mining maintenance project manager calls the region home with his wife Anita and their three children.

Read more about Shane here.

 

TRACIE NEWITT (LNP)

Ms Newitt has worked in a range of roles, from receptionist to truck driver and is currently overseeing operations at the revegetation sites on Oaky Creek.

She believed her varied work history across earthworks and small business had given her an edge in the upcoming state poll.

Read more about Tracie here.

 

BEN WATKIN (GREENS)

IT administrator Ben Watkin has been named the Greens' candidate for Mirani at the upcoming Queensland election.

Mr Watkin said he was pushing for more jobs and better health and education services.

Read more about him here.

 

Greens' candidate for Mirani Ben Watkin. Picture: supplied
Greens' candidate for Mirani Ben Watkin. Picture: supplied

JASON BORG (NQ FIRST)

Mr Borg, a third-generation Walkerston local, grew up on his family's cane farm at Te Kowai and attended Mirani State High School before launching a successful career in real estate that spanned more than a decade.

He said he was attracted to NQ First because of its promise to look after North, Central and Far North Queensland.

Read more about him here.

 

TEPEPE BORG (UAP)

No biography provided

 

Left to right: Shane Hamilton (ALP), Mirani MP Stephen Andrew (ONP), Tracie Newitt (LNP) and Jason Borg (NQ First).
Left to right: Shane Hamilton (ALP), Mirani MP Stephen Andrew (ONP), Tracie Newitt (LNP) and Jason Borg (NQ First).

<<<BURDEKIN>>>

 

DOMINIQUE THIRIET (AJP)

Wildlife carer Dominique Thiriet has lived in the district for more than 12 years and has a background in science, law and education.

She said the upcoming election was an opportunity to make Queensland a "better place, one that is more respectful of nature and all living beings".

Read more about her here.

Animal Justice Party candidate for Burdekin Dominique Thiriet.
Animal Justice Party candidate for Burdekin Dominique Thiriet.

JACK SMITH (GREENS)

Mr Smith has worked on several cane farms around the region and is now a screen fitter and builder for a blinds and security company.

He is campaigning for more jobs, free health and education, and putting essential services such as water and electricity back in public hands.  

You can read more about Jack here. 

Greens' candidate for Burdekin Jack Smith. Picture: Supplied
Greens' candidate for Burdekin Jack Smith. Picture: Supplied

MICHAEL BRUNKER (ALP)

Mr Brunker hoped with his experience in local government he could form a "dynamic duo" with Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox to bring more jobs to the region.

He ran for the Burdekin seat in the 2017 election and for the federal seat of Dawson in 2010.

Read more about Michael here.

 

SAM COX (KAP)

While he lives in Townsville, Mr Cox was born and bred in the Burdekin, growing up on a cattle-and-cane farm.

He now works in the agricultural and pastoral industry for Elders, covering an area from Normanton to Moranbah.

Read more about Sam here.

 

CLIVE REMMER (ONP)

No biography provided.

 

DALE LAST (LNP - Burdekin MP)

Growing up amid the cane fields of Bundaberg, Mr Last has a family background in the sugar and cattle industries, and relates to the issues facing our farmers.

Mr Last also spent 25 years as a police officer at various rural and remote stations throughout Queensland.

Read more about him here.

 

BENJAMIN WOOD (UAP)

No biography provided.

 

CAROLYN MORIARTY (NQ FIRST)

Ms Moriarty is a schoolteacher by profession, currently works in human resources for a Clermont business and has lived all over north and central Queensland throughout her life.

Although she has never had any political aspirations, Ms Moriarty said she was looking forward to doing all she could to shine a light on the region and "make some real headway and get positive outcomes".

Read more about Carolyn here.

Burdekin candidates for the 2020 Queensland election. Left: Burdekin MP Dale Last (LNP). Top: Mike Brunker (ALP) and Carolyn Moriarty (NQ First). Bottom: Sam Cox (KAP) and UAP leader Clive Palmer. UAP's candidate is Benjamin Wood.
Burdekin candidates for the 2020 Queensland election. Left: Burdekin MP Dale Last (LNP). Top: Mike Brunker (ALP) and Carolyn Moriarty (NQ First). Bottom: Sam Cox (KAP) and UAP leader Clive Palmer. UAP's candidate is Benjamin Wood.

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