Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Candidates Outline Their Infrastructure Policies

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Candidates Outline Their Infrastructure Policies

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner

AS this year's federal election draws closer The Observer is asking tough questions each week of the men battling it out for the seat of Flynn.

The Observer would like local residents, business owners and not-for-profit organisations to email, text or phone in their questions for the candidates.

Email to kerri-anne.mesner@gladstoneobserver.com.au (mailto:kerri-anne.mesner@gladstoneobserver.com.au), text 0428 634 025 with the word GLAD and space in front of your message, or phone 4970 3030.

This week's question is:

What infrastructure do you see the Gladstone region needing in the next 10 years and how will you and your party help see this infrastructure developed?

Ken O'Dowd

The first thing we're going to need is a Coalition Government or we won't be able to afford any infrastructure.

The next decade is going to be very tough for Australia, courtesy of the massive debt ($200 billion) Kevin Rudd has managed to endow upon us in just 18 months.

The interest on this debt, and the expected increase in the cost of electricity, will cost every Australian $1000 per year. We need to mitigate the impact this will have on the region.

As this electorate grows, we (the Coalition) will ensure that the health and education needs of the region are a priority.

I do not support the concept of a "super-clinic" and although Mr Trevor is claiming credit for one, I doubt one will ever be built. Rather, we will beef up the capabilities of the existing hospitals.

Child care is going to be a priority as more and more people move into the district for work. I am a firm believer that more of the money generated here should be spent here. This region is extremely important to the Coalition and I have no doubt that funding for safer roads, social planning, education and health will be readily forthcoming.

The Calliope crossroad over-pass is "a must", however there has been no movement to date. …

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