State election 2017: it's a wrap
WITH last weekend's election done and the voting almost complete, Labor candidate Brittany Lauga appears to have come out on top and will hold the seat of Keppel for the next four years.
Ms Lauga said she was extremely humbled by a primary vote of more than 40%, which was close to her primary vote at the 2015 election.
"Now I'm getting on with the job to deliver jobs and growth to Keppel,” Ms Lauga said.
"What is interesting to see is that the LNP's vote in Keppel has collapsed, down 14.2% to 24.98%.
"Tim Nicholls cut 1400 jobs last time they were in government and I believe Central Queenslanders sent a strong message on Saturday that they do not want to risk that happening again.”
One of Ms Lauga's election promises was $25 million to construct infrastructure for Great Keppel Island, including power and water to the island, amenities and a jetty.
Determined to see the project begin as soon as possible, Ms Lauga said she would endeavour to get the Great Keppel Island infrastructure revitalisation project going as soon as practically possible now the election was over.
"Once government is formed, I will be pushing to get a plan under way,” she said.
Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said he would be pleased to see the election result finalised so the council could get on with the job of partnering with the State and Federal governments to help build a stronger and more resilient regional economy.
"I would also like to congratulate Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga for her strong showing in the election and the likelihood that she will be retaining her seat for a well-deserved second term,” Cr Ludwig said.
"If, as anticipated, the Palaszczuk government is returned, council will certainly be very focussed on playing a proactive role in facilitating the delivery of their major election commitments to the region.
"In particular, council would like to see the speedy delivery of minister Kate Jones' $25 million commitment to providing critical trunk infrastructure including power and reticulated water to encourage and enable future tourism development opportunities.
"Requiring Tower Holdings to either get on with their promised development or forfeit their lease will be another critical factor in ensuring the region's tourism industry can once again move forward.
"GKI will certainly play a key role in realising our region's full potential in generating both front-line tourism and associated service industry jobs.
"Council also intends to continue lobbying and working closely with both the State and Federal governments to establish and grow new manufacturing, defence, primary production and resource industry opportunities.
"With a well-co-ordinated strategic approach, we can position Central Queensland to develop a stronger and more sustainable integrated regional economy.”
Ms Lauga said growing jobs in the local area was, and always had been, her number one priority.
"I have been pushing for local trades and suppliers to get their fair share of government projects, like the $200 million Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion, which will in turn stimulate our local economy and grow local jobs.”