Still no LNP Flynn candidate
ALMOST one month since Colin Bourke stood down as the LNP candidate for Flynn, the picture is no clearer as to who Chris Trevor's main threat will be in the looming federal election.
Mr Bourke pulled out for personal reasons earlier this month.
The Gladstone real estate agent and GAPDL chairman was preselected last November to run as the LNP candidate for the federal seat of Flynn.
“I'm devastated because I feel I'm letting the community down, as it was a cause that I was passionate about,” Mr Bourke said.
“I hope the LNP can get a good, strong candidate to replace me.
“Climate change policies have the potential to devastate the jobs in our region and I was speaking out very strongly against that as I don't want any job losses or increased costs put on the community.
“The climate change policy that Labor is putting up is just a big tax and I wanted to fight against that, which, unfortunately, now I won't have the opportunity to do.
“I believed I had a very strong chance of winning the seat but, unfortunately, I had to let it go.”
LNP state director Michael O'Dwyer told Central Telegraph nominations had not yet closed.
He would not reveal names of any candidates before nominations closed.
But an LNP insider told Central Telegraph that Gladstone hardware businessman Ken O'Dowd was expected to be a candidate.
Mr O'Dowd, who owns Busteed Building Supplies in the Port City, would not confirm if this was correct.
Mr O'Dowd was an executive board member and regional advisory sub-committee chair for Gladstone on the Central Queensland Area Consultative Committee (CQACC) under the chairmanship of Kym Mobbs.