Queensland LNP leadership contender Deb Fracklington (centre), flanked by fellow party members Ros Bates (left) and Tim Mander, arrives at a party room meting at Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The LNP party room is meeting to choose a new leader after their recent state election loss. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
Queensland LNP leadership contender Deb Fracklington (centre), flanked by fellow party members Ros Bates (left) and Tim Mander, arrives at a party room meting at Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The LNP party room is meeting to choose a new leader after their recent state election loss. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING DAN PELED/AAP

What Deb's promotion will mean for the Nanango electorate

NEW LNP leader Deb Frecklington says she hopes to inspire more rural women to get in to politics.

Mrs Frecklington was elected the first female leader of the LNP at a special party room meeting on Tuesday.

Her election to the position marks the first time both a head of government and opposition leader anywhere in Australia have both been women.

"We need more women in politics," Mrs Frecklington told the South Burnett Times in her first interview following her election to the leadership.

"I've been overwhelmed by support from young women around my electorate, my region and the state.

"They say if I can do this job and have the courage of convictions to work hard, that will inspire them as well."

Mrs Frecklington said when she was first elected to the deputy role of the LNP in 2016 it would raise the profile of the Nanango electorate.

"That was correct," she said.

"As leader of LNP it enables me to promote my region, to promote the South Burnett and Somerset to a level that hasn't been able to be done in a political sphere for many years.

"(It will mean) strong representation on the issues that arise in the region."

Mrs Frecklington is the second leader of the LNP, and its former Liberal and National parties, from Kingaroy, following in the footsteps of Queensland's longest-serving premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

"I'm enormously proud to be given the opportunity to lead," she said.

"One thing I have in common with Joh is we both wanted to be a Premier from Kingaroy.

"It's fabulous for our area and an opportunity to boost its profile and hopefully achieve some things for the region."

Mrs Frecklington said she remained determined to stand up for issues in the region, including a number of road projects she promised in the election campaign.

"That's still my focus, but now I have some extra grunt behind that," she said.

Mrs Frecklington said she took a no-frills attitude to politics.

"With me, what you see is what you get," she said.

"With that in mind, I want to say just one thing to Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor - it is game on."

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