KENILWORTH dairy farmer Shane Paulger yesterday confirmed his party's endorsement to contest the seat of Gympie for Katter's Australia Party at the next state election but wouldn't be drawn into the controversy surrounding sitting MP David Gibson.
"I don't want to speak poorly about anyone else," he said.
"I can stand tall and look the people of Gympie in the eye and say I am honest and hard-working."
Mr Paulger, Katter's Australia Party (KAP) national president, contested the seat of Gympie at the last state election and despite entering the race late, pulled about 24% of the vote.
It is a result filling the dairy farmer with great hopes ahead of another tilt at entering Queensland politics.
"I was asked personally by Bob (Katter) at the last election to run and I am honoured to be pre-selected," Mr Paulger said.
The KAP candidate said Gympie had been neglected "for far too long" under the LNP.
"The LNP experiment has failed and the government is out of control," he said.
"For far too long big business has been pulling the strings and the Gympie area taken for granted."
Mr Paulger said Gympie was suffering from ineffective representation and missed opportunities.
"The government is city-centric," he said. "There is talk of another tunnel in Brisbane and if that goes ahead, there will be more tunnels than in Sydney despite the huge population difference.
"This is a slap in the face for regional Queensland that cannot get decent infrastructure.
"The LNP and Labor pay lip service to rural and regional Queensland but what have they delivered?"
Mr Paulger said he looked forward in the coming months to pounding the pavement in the electorate to meet "Mr and Mrs Average" and believed he had the fight to put Gympie first.