News

Paulger betting on the Gympie voters

PRACTICAL PLANS: Shane Paulger talks about “achievable” ideas as he takes a coffee break with reporter Arthur Gorrie at The Brown Jug Cafe.
PRACTICAL PLANS: Shane Paulger talks about “achievable” ideas as he takes a coffee break with reporter Arthur Gorrie at The Brown Jug Cafe. Greg Miller

NOT that political campaigning is easy, but Shane Paulger says he wouldn't mind another couple of weeks of it.

It's a matter of getting the message out, the old-fashioned way, the Katter's Australian Party candidate for Gympie says as he heads towards Saturday's state poll.

"The old-fashioned way" means talking to people face to face - and listening - and making only those promises that can be kept," he says.

"We can't compete with the advertising and promotional budgets of the big parties."

He is pleased with the progress of his state election campaign so far.

With the bookies rating him the main challenger to LNP dominance in the area, and still an outside chance, Mr Paulger says voters may just prove the betting market wrong.

It has happened before and without the personal popularity of David Gibson (the Member for Gympie until tomorrow), real hope exists.

"We've been strategic in this campaign," Mr Paulger says over cappuccinos at The Brown Jug in Mary St.

"We've picked the electorates we think we can win and we've planned the finances to get this right.

"We're not making big-ticket promises, just practical improvements that can be delivered - like the artificial fish reef off Rainbow Beach and the sprint racing and equestrian event centre at the showgrounds.

"These aren't massive, but they'll bring money in.

"They can be done. They will work.

"Gina (Rinehart) reckons she's coming in," he says of the Hope Dairies plan for a corporate Mary Valley rebuild.

"My approach is more co-operative, with family owned farms running the show. Family farms are more efficient, more environmentally safe and more sustainable."

Gympie Times

Topics:  katter's australian party, queensland election 2015, shane paulger




UPDATE: Man charged with endangering children in Gympie

The man and two children were travelling in this vehicle.

The two children were missing from Emerald

Men in custody after police swarm house, find missing baby

Police believe the baby girl may be with a 16-year-old and 19-year-old in a green 1995 Mazda 121 with Queensland registration 045GOS, and could be heading to Toowoomba.

The two men and baby girl could be heading to Toowoomba

Debate rages over $65 levy to help resurrect Rattler

Gympie Regional Council's decision to impose an Economic Development Levy to help get the Rattler back on track has come under fire from letter writers to The Gympie Times.

Debate rages in our letters to the editor over the Rattler levy

Latest deals and offers

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa