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It’s Tony Perrett’s 24-hour a day campaign

COFFEE BREAK: Tony Perrett talks about the demands of the State Election campaign as he takes a break for coffee with reporter Arthur Gorrie.
COFFEE BREAK: Tony Perrett talks about the demands of the State Election campaign as he takes a break for coffee with reporter Arthur Gorrie. Greg Miller

TONY Perrett wakes up in the night, thinking about the campaign he is running to become Gympie's state MP.

The former Gympie region acting mayor says local government has been a good preparation for parliamentary office.

It has also been good practice for campaigning, as he is now (and right up to the closing of the polls at 6pm tomorrow).

"It's 24 hours a day - phone calls, emails, talking to people and you think about it all the time.

"I've usually got a note pad so I can jot down anything important."

In local government since 2003 and a member of Gympie Regional Council since its 2008 beginnings, he says his council experience has also taught him what matters to people around the electorate.

"Gympie is perfectly placed for growth.

"Obviously the government needs to invest in infrastructure to support that growth, but it is also something we've got to manage," he says.

He learned that, he says, directly from the people he meets getting around the area, "door-knocking residents and talking to people in business.

"I chaired the council's Community services and Economic Development Committee and that gave me some good relationships.

"Relationships are vital, including between different levels of government.

Examples of that include the recent announcement of an early start on the next stage of the Bruce Hwy rebuild and the gifting of land to the Kandanga community to help it rebuild.

"I like to think I'm a positive, optimistic and easy going person who genuinely tries to help people. I know I'm fortunate," he says.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie, queensland election 2015, tony perrett




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