The campaigning has begun to flow through the region as Warrego prepares to go to the polls on January 31st. This election will see the retirement of long serving LNP member Howard Hobbs as voters are asked to choose between 3 candidates.
ALP Candidate for Warrego Mark O’Brien
Mark has lived and operated a small business in south west Queensland for 30 years. Based in Charleville, his business extends from Helidon in the east to the border in the west.
Mark has been active in local and regional community activity for many years. Mark was Mayor of Murweh Shire from 2004 to 2012, a Queensland Local Government Grants Commissioner for 6 years and currently chairs the board of South West Natural Resource Management.
Mark is the force behind the Collaborative Area Management fencing project in western Queensland that can revolutionize the sheep and wool industries and reinvigorate the rural and remote communities of Warrego.
Being a small business man, Mark is very aware of the impact of the boom and bust cycle of mining on the permanent residents and businesses of the towns in the Surat Basin and other mining centres.
Mark is committed to sustainability of the local industries.
A qualified accountant, Mark has the skills and dedication to give Warrego an experienced voice to fight for our community.
Independent Candidate for Warrego Ruth Golden
Ruth Golden grew up in the region and is passionate about representing the people who live here. Ruth served 7 years as Councillor on Quilpie Shire and 7 years on Bungil Shire with 4 years as Deputy Mayor.
During that time she chaired the Maranoa Balonne Catchment Association and was a member of the QLD Murray Darling Committee as well as Quilpie Hospital Board and Roma Health Advisory Committee.
Ruth’s ongoing commitment to the region has her working as a Development Engineer on Western Downs and Maranoa Regional Councils.
Ruth raised 3 sons in Quilpie and Roma and is passionate about providing equitable access to health professionals and facilities as well as skills learning environment for regional Queenslanders living in remote areas.
Ruth sees the major issues facing the Warrego electorate as:
– Declining employment and opportunities
– Declining population as families move away and services are reduced
– Impact of CSG on water resources and FIFO on communities.
Her aim is to:
– Represent the people of Warrego and not a political party
– Revitalise towns by building industry, agriculture, tourism and community opportunities
– Look to more inclusive community by authentic consultation
– Flexibility in voting in Parliament to get the best outcome for Warrego
LNP Candidate for Warrego Ann Leahy
Ann’s many years of living and working on the family sheep and wool property have made her passionate about rural and regional people.
Educated by correspondence, boarding school, then University, she lived in Charleville for eight years.
Following relocation to Roma, Ann remains actively involved in community services, including the Zonta and Turf Clubs and Show Society.
Having travelled throughout the Warrego Electorate for the last 21 years, Ann has a knowledge of the communities and the ability to deliver infrastructure projects and front line services.
By supporting Ann Leahy, Warrego will have a strong voice in the Newman LNP Government who will work to strengthen the local industries and jobs that sustain our local communities.