Neuendorf not concerned by Pauline Hanson in Lockyer
THE Katter Australian Party candidate for the seat of Lockyer says he is not concerned by the addition of Pauline Hanson on the ballot.
David Neuendorf said that despite Ms Hanson's media pull, constituents of the region cared about more than big names.
"It's about how well you know the area, not how well known you are," Mr Neuendorf said.
"We want someone that has an understanding and a passion for the electorate they actually live in."
A resident of the Lockyer for over five decades Mr Neuendorf is a third generation primary producer and a former councillor of both the Gatton Shire and Lockyer Valley.
He also ran in 2012 finishing second to LNP incumbent Ian Rickuss.
"I've lived here, raised children here and grown a business here so I feel I might have a fair bit of background - real representation just can't be found in a 'fly in fly out ' candidate."
Mr Neuendorf said he was focussed on the rights of land holders, the rural debt crisis and government investment in rural areas and was committed to preventing the sale/ leasing of state assets.
"Both Liberal and Labor have proposed asset sales in the past, we are the only group that guarantees we won't continue in the same direction," he said.
He said the recent rise in minor parties was proof voters are disillusioned by both Liberal and Labor governments.
"It's a sign of the times, we need an alternative that will stick up for their constituents not toe the party line," he said.
"I don't have a party to lead like Hanson or a federal exec to answer to like Rickuss, for me my area will always come first".
Meanwhile Mr Rickuss has rubbished Pauline Hanson's claim that she was going to fight against coal seam gas and foreign investment in the Lockyer.
Mr Rickuss said there were no CSG exploration wells in the Lockyer electorate and foreign investment was a federal issue.
"I understand the local area, understand what local issues are, and always respond to concerns that are brought to my attention," Mr Rickuss said.
"Being the member for Lockyer is about working hard for an electorate that you know and understand, it's not about personality politics that quite often are only fleeting."