CANDIDATE: LNP candidate George Christensen campaigning outside the Eimeo Rd State School polling booth this morning. Photo contributed.
CANDIDATE: LNP candidate George Christensen campaigning outside the Eimeo Rd State School polling booth this morning. Photo contributed. Contributed

No meet and greets with candidates in the Whitsundays today

YOU'VE seen their faces plastered across the region for weeks but it's unlikely you'll be seeing Dawson candidates in the flesh this election day - if you live in the Whitsundays that is.

It seems all the candidates have flocked to the Mackay polling booths today to get in touch with voters and make a lasting impression at the bigger sites.

KAP candidate, Ashley Dodd said although he'd love to be in the Whitsundays today he didn't have the facilities to get his people to every location.

"What we've seen down here (Mackay) is that people are pretty decided on who they're going to vote for," he said.

"People seem very switched on."

Almost all of the candidates have made a stop at Eimeo Rd State School as it is one of the biggest polling booths in the electorate.

As a Mackay local, Greens candidate Jonathan Dykyj said the population played a huge factor in his decision to stay put in Mackay.

"Unfortunately you can't be in more than one place at a time but I have a good crew of locals helping out in Airlie, Proserpine and Cannonvale," he said.

Mr Dykyj said he would have loved to be in the Whitsundays considering many of the issues put forward were centred around the reef, tourism and agriculture.

"(Those) factors mean a lot to the community so it would have been great to be there," he said.

For ALP candidate, Frank Gilbert, his decision to base himself in Mackay was purely strategic.

"It's better to focus on one area with a large population rather than sitting in the car and driving everywhere," he said.

"I've got people manning booths in the Whitsunday area but unfortunately I won't be able to get there."

Independent candidate, Steven Large had a similar tactic, staying in Mackay where the population of voters is larger than the Whitsundays.

"Statistics say you've got to go where it's busiest and where there's the most people," he said.

"It's not that I don't like it (Whitsundays) because I was born and bred there.

"I have a lot of support in the Whitsundays and because it's pretty tough being a minor party, I need all the help I can get."

Glenn Lazarus Team (GLT) candidate, Michael Hall said the atmosphere today had been significantly different to pre-polling.

"People at pre-poll wanted to be there and it was their choice," he said.

"You get the feeling people are coming today because they have to and the people here have made their mind up and they just want to get in and get it done."

Family First candidate, Amanda Nickson is still in Thailand with her family and was unable to be contacted for comment.

LNP candidate George Christensen was contacted for comment.


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