Former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and new Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman.
Former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and new Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman.

$22 cuppa with Campbell Newman

WHEN it comes to visiting Rockhampton, Campbell Newman can do ... but not for very long.

And if you want to have a cup of coffee with him during his short stay on Sunday, it will cost you $22.

The former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and new Liberal National Party leader in Queensland will touch down in the Beef Capital in the afternoon for a visit that will last a maximum of two hours 45 minutes.

Don Kane, the former LNP candidate for Rockhampton and campaign manager for the party's latest challenger, Bruce Young, said Mr Newman was already on a whistlestop fact-finding tour of regional Queensland.

He is due to touch down at Rockhampton Airport at 4.15pm on Sunday for his last stop before he returns to Brisbane.

Mr Newman's agenda will include a media conference at a secret venue before the leader joins a fee-paying crowd of supporters at The Coffee House in William St for refreshments as well as for a chat.

He will be back at the airport by 6.15pm to catch a 7pm flight.

“His tour is taking in Cairns, Mt Isa, Innisfail, Townsville and Mackay and Rockhampton will be the final leg,” Mr Kane said yesterday.

“The main focus is to speak with people in regional areas to find out first-hand the major issues of concern in each of those places. Campbell worked around the state and he knows this area very well, but this is a chance to meet people and talk about what's important.”

Mr Kane said although the visit would be short, there would be an opportunity for people to meet him and enjoy a chat.

Entry to the Coffee House on Sunday afternoon will be $22 a head because the LNP has had to pay for the venue to open especially for the event.

“There is a plan for him to make a longer tour of the state at a later date when he will have more time. He will be back,” said Mr Kane.

Mr Young said there was a real buzz in the party now that Mr Newman was at the helm.

“Everyone is very positive about Campbell. Although his visit will be brief on Sunday it won't be wasted. We will give him a list of priorities for action.

“First and foremost is the local road network and the flooding issue.

“Labor has had since 1991 to address the issue and it hasn't happened, but when we sweep to power it will the first thing we sort out.”



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