Resources for towns top focus

LIBERAL-NATIONAL Party candidate for Flynn Ken O’Dowd was out and about meeting residents in the Miriam Vale and Agnes Water areas on Wednesday.

Mr O’Dowd said he had not planned to talk to residents about the push to build a high school at Agnes Water, but was aware of the issue.

“I will support it if it delivers quality education to our kids. As long as they can get quality education that’s all that matters,” he said.

Mr O’Dowd said he had previously had conversations with the committee pushing for the high school to be built and with people in Rosedale.

He said talking to residents was the best way to help fix the education system.

“School pavilions are an unwanted thing and school computers are good, but they have only delivered a third of what was promised,” he said. “Let’s talk to P and Cs about what they want and what they need to help educate their children.”

Mr O’Dowd said a large number of people were concerned about attracting young people to stay in town to prevent the towns from dying.

“If you don’t have hospital services or postal services then there is nothing there to keep people and the town will die,” he said.

Mr O’Dowd said a good example of this was the people of Monto who were seeking to have a migrant detention centre built near the town.

“The people of Monto have said to me that they are desperate as a town and would do anything just to keep it viable,” he said.

Mr O’Dowd also lashed out at the Australian Labor Party/ Greens Party preference deal saying it could impact on industries in Gladstone and Central Queensland.

“The deal between the ALP and the Greens to swap preferences is bad news for Flynn because the Greens’ agenda is to get rid of coal and impose both a carbon price and the original Rudd supertax on mining,” he said.

“The Greens would not have done a deal with Labor without being confident of getting something in return.”

“In 2007, the Greens called for an end to the Australian $25 billion export coal industry within three years. If they had had their way, today there would be no coal industry and 100,000 jobs would have been lost in Central Queensland alone. The Greens are no friends to a city like Gladstone that depends on mining to underwrite its jobs, businesses and economic viability.”

He said the Greens would make the people of Flynn pay with their jobs and future for a national price on carbon.

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