Nikolee runs as ALP candidate

THE ALP has joined the queue to contest the Wide Bay electorate at the coming federal election, with the nomination of Black Mountain landscape architect Nikolee Ansell as its candidate.

Her announcement follows that of Australian Greens candidate Jim McDonald, who has been campaigning for some weeks.

They will run against sitting National Party Member and the party’s federal leader, Warren Truss, who lives in Maryborough.

The new candidate yesterday said she was motivated by a “strong sense of social justice” and was looking forward “to progressing a range of issues in the upcoming federal election campaign.”

She said she had been “massively relieved when the Federal Government intervened with the construction of the Traveston Crossing dam.

“We now need to focus on ensuring the Mary Valley remains economically viable and environmentally sustainable,” he said.

Ms Ansell said yesterday that the electorate, which runs from the Sunshine Coast to Maryborough, would present many challenges, because of its broad base including rural regional and urban based constituencies.

She says she is keen to ensure that Wide Bay farmers “can continue to produce food for the tables of thousands of Australians.

Accusing the Howard Government of neglecting the area, she said: “My first challenge is to engage with ordinary Labor Party members throughout the electorate and to assess the needs of ordinary Australian working families.”

And she said the area had been “sorely lacking in representation over the past two-and-a-half years.”

She said that as a mother and businesswoman she had identified many issues that would be the battleground for the upcoming election, a date for which has yet to be announced.

“We need better services such as roads, telecommunications, good schools and modern hospital facilities,” she said.

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