WATCH: Campaign kicks off with all eyes on Capricornia
LIVING in one of the nation's most marginal electorates, Capricornia residents can expect to hear a lot from politicians over the next eight weeks.
But Labor candidate for Capricornia Leisa Neaton said she wanted to keep her message positive and speak to as many people as possible before polling day.
She kicked off her "grassroots" campaign at Central Park yesterday, flanked by volunteers waving placards announcing her priority policies.
Ms Neaton said she wanted to hear positive and negative feedback from residents on Labor's policies during the campaign.
"I'm sure it's going to be an intense campaign," she said.
"I think the great thing about Capricornia is that both sides are watching it very carefully. I do believe we can win this seat, but it will take work."
Ms Neaton outlines healthcare and education as some of her top priorities.
"We've got a fantastic cancer centre up at the Rockhampton Hospital," she said. "I'm going to be advocating for more medical equipment so we can centralise more of that medical support in Rockhampton."
Ms Neaton said she wanted to see services in Rockhampton that could save people in rural areas from travelling to Brisbane for treatment.
As a former school principal, Ms Neaton said education was also key.
"It's a priority because we need to make sure our young people are set up to do well in schooling and that will lead to great jobs in the future," she said.
"I want to see the Gonski reforms implemented in full."
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said she also supported health investment, including the push for $2 million cancer detection equipment at the Rockhampton Hospital as well as a car park.
"As we move from a resources driven economy to an innovation and ideas economy we already have a program in place in primary and secondary schools aimed at getting students involved in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects," she said.
Ms Landry said the LNP government is introducing a program aimed at addressing young unemployment through training and internships.
"This puts them in a better position when they present themselves to prospective employers as they look for a job," she said.