GEORGE Christensen may not have been officially declared as the new federal member but he is out discussing the future with his new constituents.
The LNP candidate who is expected to be our new Federal representative was in Airlie Beach and Proserpine on Tuesday to discuss plans for the future with Proserpine Cane Growers and Tourism Whitsundays.
Among the issues discussed was the much-needed upgrade to the Airlie Beach main street.
Mr Christensen said he would be pushing for federal, state and local Governments to each commit $15 million to the upgrade.He believes this is an achievable figure that will go a long way to completing the project.
When asked about the figure of $5 million pledged by the Labor Party, Mr Christensen said it was simply not enough.
“$5 million is not even going to be enough for the initial stages,” he said.
“I'm not going to knock it back, but I'll be pushing for more.”
Mr Christensen also said that although he was hopeful his party would win the support of the idependent members, he believed Labor would end up in government as a minority.
“Labor are probably a little more likely to give more out and splash out,” he said.
“They seem to be in crisis mode.
“I just hope it's not detrimental to seats like Dawson where money has been promised.”
Mr Christensen currently has 2906 more votes then Labor's Mike Brunker, with postal and pre-poll votes yet to be counted.Prior to the election, the seat was held by Labor with a margin of 2.6 per cent.
Mr Christensen is currently in front with a margin of about 4.7 per cent.
Regardless of the result, Mr Christensen said that he will be continuing his push in the coming weeks for projects outlined in his campaign.
“All the promises really depend on the Liberal National Party's claim on government,” he said.
“Then we'll go in and try and get the funding we need, regardless of who's in government.”
Although Mr Christensen has not officially been declared as the member for Dawson, he has all but secured the seat.
“It's looking highly likely that I've won the seat,” Christensen told the Whitsunday Times yesterday.
“The hard works going to the start once it is declared.”
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