Local candidates ready for polls

FIVE weeks of criss-crossing the electorate, kissing babies and schmoozing voters will come to a head today when Hinkler and Flynn residents head to the polls.

With the margin in Hinkler a notional 1.5%, the final count is expected to be tight.

But despite this, the candidates are feeling confident.

“I think we’ve had a really focused and hard-working campaign,” Labor candidate Belinda McNeven said.

“As I said from the beginning, it was always going to be tough.”

Throughout the campaign Ms McNeven has had a steady stream of ministers visit the electorate, including heavyweights such as Education Minister Simon Crean and Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he was feeling quietly confident ahead of polling day.

“I’m hoping that I and my colleagues are able to win our seats and pull together a Coalition Government,” he said.

“Overall it has been one of the most volatile campaigns. I think this has been one of the most volatile election periods since the Whitlam era.”

Family First candidate Trevor Versace said he hoped to take out third place on the ballot.

“It has probably been a quieter election than I would have thought, but I’m quietly confident,” he said.

Greens candidate Jenny Fitzgibbon will be on the Sunshine Coast for election day.

“I feel that I did a good job of getting the Greens policies out there and into the electorate of Hinkler,” she said.

Independent candidate Cy d’Oliveira said he was feeling upbeat despite thinking his policies had not garnered enough attention.

Independent Adrian Wone said he was feeling positive and hopeful.

“That’s all we can feel at the moment and it’s up to the people to decide,” he said.

In Flynn, incumbent Labor member Chris Trevor said he felt the campaign had gone “really well”.

“I am as confident as an underdog can be,” he said.

LNP candidate Ken O’Dowd said he was looking forward to the result, but acknowledged it was going to be tight.

“I would really like to see a result (tonight) but I think it’s going to be some time before we see who has won,” he said.

Greens candidate Anne Goddard said she was looking forward to increasing the Green vote in the region.

Family First candidate Di Hancock-Mills, Democratic Labor Party candidate John McMahon and independent Duncan Scott also said they were happy with how they had run their campaigns.

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