Paul Neville with just a little of the advertising paraphernalia that will be used during the campaign.
Paul Neville with just a little of the advertising paraphernalia that will be used during the campaign. Scottie Simmonds

Big money in campaigning

TENS of thousands of dollars will be spent in the Hinkler electorate over the next three weeks as candidates vie to get their names, faces and policies known to voters.

Bundaberg residents have already seen candidates' faces adorning countless billboards, small signs and pamphlets in the lead up to the election.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville could not put an exact figure on the amount spent campaigning, but did estimate it would be in the tens of thousands.

“We are pretty much all on our own. We raise money, most of which is local, and some comes from friends and business associates in Brisbane,” he said.

Labor Party candidate Belinda McNeven was also not sure how much had been spent on advertising for her campaign.

“What I can say is I know that we are trying to do it for as little as possible,” she said.

Greens Party candidate Adrian Wone's campaign funding has a distinct point of difference - it is coming from the former sugar cane farmer's superannuation.

“I've already done a pamphlet drop and that was $4000, which is big money for me,” he said.

Like Mr Wone, independent candidate Cy d'Oliveira is running on a budget, relying on donations for his campaign.

Family First candidate Trevor Versace said he had no idea how much he would be spending.

“We're talking to the support team, but we haven't come up with anything at this stage,” he said.

The cost for the Climate Sceptics Party candidate Les Gallagher was minimal after he was forced to drop out because he was not an eligible candidate.

The NewsMail was informed via an email from Climate Sceptics Party president Leon Ashby - just one day after Mr Ashby sent a letter announcing Mr Gallagher's candidacy.



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