Katter-pulted into candidacy

A BUNDABERG businessman has become the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for the seat of Burnett at the state elections this year.

Kevin Pauling, 63, said yesterday he would try to win the seat as a candidate for Katter's Australian Party.

Mr Pauling, who runs a chainsaw training firm, said he was running for the party because he believed change was needed in Australia, and particularly in Queensland.

"Bob Katter is the only one I can see advocating for that change," he said.

Mr Pauling said although he had no political experience, and had never been a member of a party until now, he was convinced it was time something was done.

He has become the fourth candidate for the seat, with sitting independent MP Rob Messenger, the LNP's Stephen Bennett and the ALP's Stuart Tomlinson already announcing their intentions to run.

Mr Pauling said he was almost ready to get stuck into campaigning.

"I haven't made any secret of it - I've been getting printing done and banners made," he said.

"It's not too long down the track before we get an announcement about the election."

Mr Pauling said he was not daunted by being new to the political scene.

"I'm used to starting things from the ground up," he said.

Mr Pauling said he would campaign on local issues including:

Placing electronic speed limit signage in all school zones;

Improving roads throughout the electorate, especially the Bruce Hwy;

Imposing a moratorium on coal seam gas mining; and

Reinvigorating the Burnett's manufacturing base.

Mr Pauling, who lives in Alloway with wife Linda, moved to the district about 18 months ago.

He has a background building and managing small businesses in regional Australia, including a motorcycle dealership in Alice Springs, a coffee shop in Cairns and a power tools dealership in Darwin.

The couple has three children and six grandchildren.

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