LABOR RESULT: Leanne Donaldson celebrates. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
LABOR RESULT: Leanne Donaldson celebrates. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Voter swing sees Labor closing in

FLOOD mitigation, job creation and returning frontline services will be a priority for Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson should she win the seat of Bundaberg.

In what was a shock to many, including Ms Donaldson, the biggest swing to Labor in the state happened in Bundaberg.

Ms Donaldson rode the tide of anti-government sentiment to gain a 23.8% swing - the biggest in Queensland - erasing Police Minister Jack Dempsey's 18.2% margin.

At the time of print, Ms Donaldson held a 3.76% lead against Mr Dempsey, after preferences.

Yesterday, Ms Donaldson was where she has been every Sunday morning for the past couple of months - the Shalom Markets.

"Today is about saying thank you to those that have put faith in us," she said.

"To have the massive swing that we have had is unbelievable."

Ms Donaldson said if she was given the honour to represent the city of Bundaberg she would tackle several of the region's biggest issues.

"Returning frontline services, creating jobs and getting Bundaberg moving again," she said.

One of the most contentious matters in Bundaberg during the election was flood mitigation and Ms Donaldson said she would confront the issue head-on with plans such as extending the Tallon Bridge to the hill at North Bundaberg State School to be considered.

"There will be an independent cost analysis to make sure they are of benefit to the community and good value for money as well," she said.

"What we have said is there were a number of recommendations from a report to Bundaberg Regional Council after the floods and there were 11 mitigation priorities.

"To date, only two of those have been implemented."

Ms Donaldson said funding announcements made by the LNP during the election campaign may not be upheld by an Annastacia Palaszczuk-led government.

"The announcements made by the LNP during the campaign were on the condition an LNP member was returned to the seat," she said.

"I think there is going to be a period where there will be a large review of a lot of the polices and legislation that has been announced."

Ms Donaldson said restoring Wide Bay TAFE as well as frontline services in teaching and nursing were high on her list for the Bundaberg region.

Mr Dempsey said he was not ready to concede just yet because of the significant amount of pre-poll votes.

"There is enough numbers in there that anything could still happen."



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