Ken O'Dowd is 'contactable'
IT’S been a case of where’s Ken, not where’s Wally, in Gladstone in the past few weeks.
After the storm of the Federal Government election subsided, which dragged on longer than the five weeks of campaigning due to close polls, with Liberal National Party endorsed candidate Ken O’Dowd announced the successful runner for the seat of Flynn, outsing former Labor Member Chris Trevor, there has been some confusion as to how to track a federal representative down.
The Observer received numerous calls from residents saying they had called both his campaign office and his new electorate office (actually Mr Trevor’s former office), but no answer.
The residents alleged they also physically went to both of the offices and there was no one there.
Mr O’Dowd’s spokesman Graham McVean last week said the office had been manned for two full weeks.
“We have been taking, in our Gladstone office, 10 to 12 constituent enquiries per day,” he said.
“Ninety per cent which have been affectively handled.”
Mr McVean said the Emerald office, which was also the old Trevor office, had also been opened for 10 working days.
He said it also had the same telephone number as the former MP’s office.
Mr McVean said Mr O’Dowd was busy in Canberra last week, with the first sitting of the new parliament.
“But he’s as contactable as he’s ever been,” he said.
“In fact, the week prior to going to Canberra, we visited Gayndah for a constituents meeting.
“Mr O’Dowd was in the office two weeks prior to the first parliamentary sitting.”
Mr McVean said office hours were 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.