Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek. Allan Reinikka

LNP eyeing seats

LNP leader John Paul Langbroek visited Rockhampton yesterday, the city he calls “Labor's forgotten heartland”.

Vowing a commitment to regional Queensland and decentralisation, Mr Langbroek promised the LNP would be giving the members for Keppel and Rockhampton a run for their money at the next election.

He said it was obvious the Bligh Government was focused on South East Queensland.

“We are absolutely committed to decentralisation,” Mr Langbroek said.

However he said rather than “forcing” people to move the LNP would provide quality jobs for good people by establishing regional government offices.

Mr Langbroek is currently on the hunt for candidates in all Queensland seats and sees Central Queensland as a golden opportunity.

“No one should treat their seat as safe. I don't consider my seat safe,” Mr Langbroek said.

“While Labor considers Rockhampton and Keppel to be safe seats, the LNP will be working day and night to show the people of Central Queensland we are a viable alternative government.”

He said constituents in the seats of Keppel and Rockhampton deserved a candidate who was going to deliver.

Meanwhile, Mr Langbroek said he fully supported the CQ NRL bid was reluctant to match Anna Bligh's commitment to building a stadium if the bid is successful.

Despite identifying Central Queensland as an important area in the state election, Mr Langbroek said with current commitments for a number of other projects in the state he could not guarantee an LNP government would fund the project.

“Everyone supports the CQ Bid,” Mr Langbroek said.

“I certainly wouldn't want to be putting the kibosh on it.”

But Mr Langbroek said they had to balance the funding required with other demands like schools, roads and hospitals.

He suggested Premier Anna Bligh's promise of a stadium for the bid was one of many Labor promises that would not be kept.

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