Funding announcements flow in Flynn: chat to candidates

IT'S THE final countdown for Flynn candidates with just over a week to convince voters they are the one you need to support in the upcoming election.

Funding announcements have started to flow this week from the Coalition, after its official campaign launch last Sunday, while we're set to hear another local announcement from the ALP on Friday.

Meanwhile, Katter's Australian Party candidate Richard Love logged online from Emerald on Wednesday to take part in a live chat with The Observer's readers, while Palmer United Party candidate Steve Ensby and Independent candidate Craig Tomsett will chat with readers next week - make sure you're part of the chats if you have a burning question for our candidates.

Readers wanted to know Mr Love's thoughts on the Gonski reforms and tertiary education, maternity leave, the state of politics in Australia, import taxes, whether Australia should become a republic, and 457 foreign work visas.

Incumbent Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd committed more than $1 million for safety initiatives on Thursday for rural towns in the Burnett region.

He said the Coalition would provide the full $1,106,460 funding for the construction of a Disaster Management Coordination Centre located at the Gayndah Airport.

"This project will see the construction of a facility that will be used as a central coordination point for emergency services during natural disasters," he said.

"It will bring the establishment of the Gayndah Airport as a regional emergency services hub one step closer to reality."

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh said the building was high priority as Gayndah's airport was the only one in the region above flood level.

"If there's another flood in 12 months to two years and that's in place, we're in a better position to handle things, and it's not solely for floods; also bushfires and many other forms of disaster," he said.

Community safety and crime prevention would also be given a boost through the Coalition, with $71,292 for CCTV systems to monitor public areas in Gayndah and Monto.

Mr O'Dowd said cameras would go in the Lions Park and the Sapper Jacob Moerland Memorial Skate park in Gayndah and the Monto main street.

Click here for our federal election guide to the seat of Flynn, and here for full coverage of the lead-up to the 2013 election.

Got questions?

WE all have a question or two that we would like to ask each of our local federal election candidates, and The Observer is giving you the chance to do just that by hosting a number of live chats online.

On the day of the live chat all you need to do to participate is scroll down to the chat at the end of the story that will be on the website homepage and submit a question or three.

We will be moderating comments from our end, which means anything inappropriate will not be approved, and only one question at a time will be submitted so the candidate will have time to reply before another question is submitted.

This is your chance to directly ask candidates about their policies and what they stand for.

Katter's Australian Party candidate for Flynn, Richard Love logged in from Emerald on Wednesday to take part in a live chat. Read what he had to say here.

Upcoming live chats:

  • Craig Tomsett on Tuesday, September 3 from 1-2pm.
  • Steve Ensby on Wednesday, September 4 from 1-2pm.
  • Ken O'Dowd, details to come.
  • Chris Trevor is unable to find the time for an online chat, but is happy to answer questions sent to his office.

What issue is most important to you during this election?

This poll ended on 07 September 2013.

Current Results

The budget deficit

21%

Asylum seekers

15%

Education

6%

Cost of living

28%

Health

20%

Other

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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