IT WAS out with the old and in with the Young as a new Member for Keppel took a stroll through Yeppoon yesterday.
People came up to congratulate and shake LNP victor Bruce Young's hand for his win in a long-held Labor seat, and encouraged him to fight hard for the electorate, which covers suburbs in both Yeppoon and Rockhampton.
Mr Young secured 9254 votes against Paul Hoolihan's 7154, Katter's Australian Party candidate Luke Hargreaves' 3462 votes and Green's Party candidate Paul Bambrick's 1339 votes.
Bruce said yesterday the people wanted a change in government as they were worried about Queensland's debt.
He said health and service delivery were some of the big issues he was ready to tackle, and he would ensure the region got the most out of the implementation of the LNP's Royalties for Regions program.
"We will see money being spent here and make sure the area gets its fair share," he said.
"I look forward to representing the community of Keppel. I am aware of all of the issues, I have lived here all of my life."
He said one of his first issues was to get the sewerage system at Keppel Sands fixed as the community depended on the caravan park where the system has failed.
He would also push for more visiting medical specialists to prevent people from having to travel to Brisbane.
Bruce thanked Paul Hoolihan for his services to Keppel.
"We have always got along really well," he said.