The campaigning has begun to flow through the region as Dalrymple prepares to go to the polls on January 31st. This election will see voters asked to choose between the following 4 candidates.
Katter Australia Party candidate Shane Knuth
– Born in Tully 1966.
– Family: Married to Heather with four beautiful children – Anna 24, Joel 21, Daniel 17 and Naomi 13.
– Employed by Qld Rail from 1983 to 2004—fettler; welder; plant operator; bridge, concrete and flying gangs
– Represented Queensland in under 15s, under 18s and under 21s and Australia in under 19s.
– Played 13 A grade games for North Queensland and 90 first grade games for Redcliffe.
– 1996 Charters Towers Miners A-grade Premiers.
– Runner up in Brisbane A-grade grand finals in 1987 (Redcliffe v Brothers).
– Member of the Charters Towers Qld Rail silver spike rail race team that won the state titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Interests & Involvements
– Family, all sports, camping, fishing, shooting.
– Church, disability support groups, Lions
– Owner of small pastoral property north west of Charters Towers.
– Elected Member for Charters Towers, February 2004.
– Re-elected September 2006, subsequently elected Member for Dalrymple in 2009 and 2012.
– Held Opposition portfolio for Communities & Disabilities and Opposition portfolio for Mines & Energy.
– Travel Safe Committee; Economic Development Committee
– 385 speeches and 392 Questions on Notice over 10 years representing rural Queensland.
– 46 Petitions
Labor Candidate for Dalrymple Leanne Kettleton
Labor has announced Leanne Kettleton as the Labor Candidate for Dalrymple. She has declared herself ready for the January 31 poll and has been working with the Labor campaign since her endorsement late 2014 for the election.
Leanne says that this election is a chance for the people of Dalrymple to send Campbell Newman and the LNP a message that we won’t be taken for granted.
Mrs Kettleton’s top priority is to deliver local jobs: “At a time when statewide unemployment is 6.9%, and youth unemployment is at over 20% we know having a job is important, that’s why we are putting jobs and job creation first,”
“Despite the vows made to voters in 2012 by the LNP, all we have had is three years of cuts, broken promises, and skyrocketing unemployment with no plans to tackle it,” she said.
Leanne pointed to Labor’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program as a key policy to improve local opportunities for employment, “The skilling program was among the first services cut by the Newman Government in 2012 despite independent advice that every dollar invested in the program returned $8 to the economy. Labor has committed to return the program so that the unemployed can access important job training,” said Mrs Kettleton.
Leanne will be a strong voice for the people of Dalrymple in State Parliament. She encourages people to vote Labor on election day.
LNP candidate for Dalrymple Liz Schmidt
Liz Schmidt has been described as an icon of Queensland’s transport industry after building up her own business with her husband Owen over the last 35 years. She is also a mother of five adult children and a grandmother of four.
Prior to starting her business, Liz worked as a nurse.
Liz has a strong track record of achievement. She is the current National President of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association and past president of the Queensland association. She was the first and still the only woman ever elected to the executive of both Associations and has been an industry representative on many government bodies at state and federal levels.
In 2004, Liz was named a finalist in the Townsville Business Women of the Year awards and in 2006 was named the Australian Trucking Association National Transport Woman of the Year.
She has also used her skills as a member of several local school, sport and community organisations to personally assist injured and disabled people get back into the workforce.
Liz was born in North Queensland and is passionate about increasing business and job opportunities across the Atherton Tablelands, Charters Towers and Moranbah regions. She has a record of fixing problems in the transport industry and if elected, Liz has the skills and experience to deliver for the people of Dalrymple and ensure their voice is heard in the LNP Government.
Greens candidate for Dalrymple Valerie Weier
Valerie Weier has been a strong environmental, social justice and anti-war advocate for more than 40 years. She is standing as the Queensland Greens’ candidate in Dalrymple because she believes now is the time to protect our well-being and the future of our descendants.