Voters outside Waraburra State School in Gracemere before the polling booths opened.
Voters outside Waraburra State School in Gracemere before the polling booths opened. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Voters lined up before polling booths opened

MANY people opted this morning to beat the heat and rock up to polling booths early.

About 20 people were lined up out the front of Waraburra State School this morning just before the polling booth was due to open.

Independent candidate Margaret Strelow and Labor candidate Barry O'Rourke were there among the candidate supporters encouraging people to vote for them.

ALP candidate Barry O'Rourke outside Waraburra State School in Gracemere before the polling booths opened.
ALP candidate Barry O'Rourke outside Waraburra State School in Gracemere before the polling booths opened. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Hats were donned as candidates and their supporters started what is expected to be a long day in the hot sun with temperatures to reach a maximum of 31 in Rockhampton by lunchtime.

Independent candidate Margaret Strelow outside Waraburra State School in Gracemere before the polling booths opened.
Independent candidate Margaret Strelow outside Waraburra State School in Gracemere before the polling booths opened. Kerri-Anne Mesner

A high school for Gracemere was one of the items on Mrs Strelow's $540 million wish list for Rockhampton. Read about the full list here: Strelow's $540M wish list just 10% of cross-river rail spend

The Australian Labor Party candidate was the only one of the five Rockhampton candidates to not mention some level of support for getting a high school at Gracemere. Check out all five candidates promises here: Election promises revealed by Rockhampton's candidates

To find your nearest polling booth, click here: QLD VOTES: Where to find your closest ballot box

Check out what the local candidates wrote in their final say yesterday ahead of today's polling: Rockhampton and Keppel candidates make their final pitches



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