Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Bundaberg, Doug Anderson, spreads the word about his party’s policies at the Shalom Markets.
Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Bundaberg, Doug Anderson, spreads the word about his party’s policies at the Shalom Markets. Max Fleet

Katter's bid for Bundy

PREMIER Anna Bligh has pulled the trigger and started the race to the state poll on March 24.

And the competition for the seat of Bundaberg now has an extra candidate, with Gympie man Doug Anderson throwing his hat in the ring at the 11th hour for Katter's Australian Party.

Mr Anderson, who rebuilds boats for a living, said the last-minute decision came after he was not endorsed for the seat of Gympie.

"I only had my hat in the ring, but the other bloke had more experience," he said.

"I've always liked Bundaberg and wouldn't mind shifting here.

"I've been trying to be a politician for 10 years."

Mr Anderson, 51, said the main causes he would pursue in the region, if elected, were those surrounding fishing, hunting and mining.

"We want to stop the selling off of our assets and hopefully we can change the sugar industry (to get it) working better and make more ethanol manufacturing," he said.

Mr Anderson said he also wanted to stop small businesses from shutting down.

"We're not going to be able to do too much in the beginning," he said.

"I'm not going to promise anything we can't do."

If elected, Mr Anderson said he would move his boat business to Bundaberg and buy a house in the region.

Despite being from out of town, he said he intended to spend the five-week election campaign meeting as many Bundy people as he could.



We're for you: The Gympie Times commitment

We're for you: The Gympie Times commitment

'We may be small but the quality is undoubted'

DIANNE RECOVERED: Bodies may be inside ill-fated trawler

DIANNE RECOVERED: Bodies may be inside ill-fated trawler

Dianne towed into Bundy port for investigations

Bright, sharp look to our online news

Bright, sharp look to our online news

From this afternoon, you will notice a cleaner, more modern look

Local Partners