Principal latest nomination for Capricornia ALP candidacy

LABOR is being spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a candidate for the federal seat of Capricornia, with Frenchville State School principal Leisa Neaton the latest person to throw her hat in the ring.

The Yeppoon woman will run against at least two other contenders, Peter Freeleagus, who was the candidate in the last election, and Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow, who yesterday announced her nomination after months of talk.

It's expected to be at least another month before the ALP chooses who will run against the current Federal Member Michelle Landry (pictured below left) in the next federal election.

Mrs Neaton said she was honoured to have been asked to nominate, and said while she recognised she had a lot to learn about politics she was looking forward to the challenge.

"I've lived and worked in the Capricornia electorate my whole life," she said.

"As an educator, I'm passionate about young people and families and making sure there's opportunities to maximise the potential of our young people.

"I'm very interested in learning (more about politics)… politics is a new challenge."

Mrs Neaton said it would be a privilege to work with all interest groups and communities within Capricornia to strengthen the region's vast potential, and emphasised the importance of employment growth, as well as maintaining and growing the vitality of the farming, industry, mining and tourism sectors.

Frenchville State School is regarded as one of the best academic schools in the state, with more than 1000 students enrolled.

Rocky Mayor makes play for seat of Capricornia

AFTER months of talk, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow confirmed she has nominated for the ALP preselection.

"As mayor we're on the receiving end of many of the big decisions that impact on our community from other levels of government, and I believe there are many of those things that could be done so much better," she said.

"I believe our arguments, and our advocacy as a region needs to be much stronger.

"I know this community, I know that I understand their issues and I know I can represent them well."

Cr Strelow said she would be advocating for the region to play a bigger role in the military, pushing to get a clear statement on the Eden Bann and Rookwood projects and continue to look at mining as a significant part of the region's future.

She said the levee bank would always be on her agenda, however if she was selected it would be an issue for the council of the day.

"We've been very fortunate in this most recent event that rain didn't find its way into our catchment, but it will again and again, and it's only sensible that we prepare for it," she said.

"The last proposal would have seen that $50 million project built at a cost of $4 million for ratepayers.

"It's criminal that we didn't get it, it is an essential."

Cr Strelow said being mayor of a regional centre gave her the opportunity to hit the ground running if she was selected.

If she wins preselection she will not renominate as mayor, but she said until then she remains totally focused on her job and won't let the preselection process distract her.

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