COFFEE BREAK: Arthur Gorrie interviews ALP Gympie candidate Stephen Meredith over a cappuccino at Emilia’s, in Mary St.
COFFEE BREAK: Arthur Gorrie interviews ALP Gympie candidate Stephen Meredith over a cappuccino at Emilia’s, in Mary St. Greg Miller

Labor plays for Gympie win

STEPHEN Meredith was getting a good feeling from pre-poll voting for the State Election, rating a Labor win as "a good possibility."

But no-one has it in the bag.

"It's not really over until every last vote's counted," he said.

Steve was enjoying a campaign trail coffee, courtesy of The Gympie Times, as we caught up with candidates for the January 31 poll.

Labor's Gympie candidate said there were many issues that concerned people and any one of them could sway voters unpredictably.

People need to have a voice and a representative has to listen, he said.

His issues are prosperity and employment, attracting business and making the most of every part of the region, with careful but positive development.

Most of all he wants Gympie to be prepared for the Bruce Hwy by-pass, so that with smart promotion we can ensure the by-pass for through traffic does not lead to Gympie being by-passed by tourists and investors.

The deaths of his wife and daughter in a head-on highway crash became a driving force for his campaign to upgrade Gympie's most important link to the world - and he says people need to realise it was Labor that got things happening.

"At the start of 2004, I wrote to (federal Transport Minister) Warren Truss asking him to move ahead with four-laneing of the road, but nothing happened.

"It remained dormant for years.

"His reply was that there was no money in the budget and there would be no future funds provided."

Mr Meredith says the state government's Mary Valley rehabilitation plans should include more ocnsideration of the modest cultural needs needs of the aboriginal community.

Gympie Times


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