Who is the wild card who has thrown a hat into Flynn's ring?

A WILD card has thrown their hat into the ring to contest the Federal seat of Flynn in the upcoming election.

The 29-year-old QAL process technician says he has put his hand up after talking to a number of people about his age who have become disenfranchised with the political parties in Australia.

Nathan Fletcher is a self-confessed people-person who tends to take on other people's issues as he wants to help.

"For me, I am very much a people person. Sometimes it does get me in trouble because I take on their issues," he said.

"But again, if it is an issue for them (voters), it will become an issue for me."

"A lot of people are disenfranchised with the major parties at the moment and are looking for a better alternative across the general Australian public landscape.

"I would like to think that I can offer a better alternative through the various elements that I am looking at campaigning about."

Nathan Fletcher is running as an independent for the seat of Flynn. Photo Dylan Suska / The Observer
Nathan Fletcher is running as an independent for the seat of Flynn. Photo Dylan Suska / The Observer Dylan Suska GLA130416FLYNN

"I am part of a number of community clubs so I help or have in the past helped run the Calliope Community Carols, helped with the youth club at Calliope and I am also part of the Rotary Club out there.

"I basically like to keep myself as busy as I can through the community doing …. Spending my time doing a variety of activities.

"I also run a not-for-profit small business going to teach business groups, schools, community groups… basically anyone who wants to listen about social justice and human rights issue. That's obviously something I am extremely passionate about.

Mr Fletcher said the key issues he has highlighted for his campaign so far include youth unemployment, university study options for the region's students and more funding.

"Looking at youth unemployment, youth training and youth retention in regional because at the moment, obviously quite a large number of our students do have to go away from home to study. I would love the ability to be able to provide a better offering of courses in regional areas," he said.

"Youth unemployment is obviously a big one so trying to look at ways we can increase employment in that particular area.

"(And) talking with a number of groups around town, there are a lot of black holes in terms of lack of funding in certain areas and particularly for Gladstone itself for the size of our town and to not offer some of these services I think is not good enough."

Mr Fletcher said his and his wife are about to celebrate their second wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks.



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