Has O’Dowd kept his Gladstone election promises?
IT'S generally not all that difficult to keep your promises if there aren't many made.
It's six months on from Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd's re-election, and he's made progress on everything he promised for Gladstone during the last election campaign, although he admits he didn't make that many promises in the first place.
"There's not a lot of promises there, but we couldn't afford it at the time," Mr O'Dowd said.
"There weren't too many (promises) made around the nation in general, but what we did promise has been kept."
He said the Liberal-National Party was unable to make many promises for Gladstone, as it was still trying to cut back spending across the board.
Mr O'Dowd also said that none of his election promises for Gladstone specifically had been delivered, although they had all been budgeted for and the cash was available.
At the last election, Mr O'Dowd campaigned largely on a federal platform, promising to help Gladstone by being part of a coalition government which repealed the carbon tax among other things.
All of which meant the Gladstone-specific promises were kept to a minimum.
However, while Mr O'Dowd had refrained from the traditional, old-fashioned pork-barrelling in Gladstone while he was campaigning, he said, his advocacy on several fronts had helped Gladstone.
He pointed to the opening of the $55 million Northern Oil Refinery in Yarwun next week as evidence of this.
"They already have a plant down in Wagga Wagga in NSW," Mr O'Dowd said.
"Through the member for Wagga Wagga Michael McCormack, he introduced me to Tim Rose the CEO of Southern Oil.
"In our early discussions going back two years ago, I convinced him that Gladstone would be ideally placed for such a plant."
- Delivering Kin Kora roundabout upgrade in partnership with State Government.
- Construction of new dressing sheds for Meteors Sports Club.
- Upgrading of the CCTV cameras for the Gladstone PCYC.