Young confident to oust Hoolihan
BRUCE Young says he’s confident he can achieve the 7% swing needed to oust sitting Keppel MP Paul Hoolihan.
The 49-year-old businessman, who is married to prominent Capricorn Coast doctor Geraldine Young, has won pre-selection to represent the LNP at the next state election.
Mount Morgan born, Allenstown-raised and with significant business interests in the region, he reckons he has the local knowledge, combined with a dynamic problem-solving attitude to finally wrest control of Keppel from an embattled Labor Party.
“For too long we have had second-rate services in the Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast area from a government that takes Central Queensland for granted,” he said yesterday.
“I am determined to make this wonderful part of the world a place where we can bring up our kids and grandkids in safety with the certainty of getting a job in the future.”
Locally he will campaign on a platform of Great Keppel Island revitalisation, flood-proofing the Yeppen crossing and working closely with local government to improve roads in the constituency.
“I’ve lived here all my life and I worked at Main Roads for 10 years, developing a rural roads policy so it really pains me to see how they have deteriorated.
“There have to be significant improvements in the relationship between the tiers of government.”
He said the factional in-fighting between federal and state Labor in the region had delivered 20 years of stagnation.
“There’s just no dynamism.
“Look at Western Australia, another resource-rich state. It has excellent infrastructure, no debt and a balanced budget.
“Here in Queensland we are $90 billion in debt.”
Lives in Yeppoon
Various business interests including cattle
Endorsed LNP candidate for Keppel
Requires 7% swing to win against Labor’s Paul Hoolihan