Paulger betting on the Gympie voters
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."