PUP candidate addresses the big issues in Lockyer Valley
LOCKYER candidate for Palmer United Craig Gunnis was out and about in Gatton last week and made a special visit to the pre-polling booth.
He wasn't alone however, with senator Dio Wang showing his support for the Lockyer candidate by joining Gunnis for the visit.
"We've been out here for the last week and we'll be out here next week as well, visiting a lot of locals and residents and a lot of the farmers and small businesses as well," Mr Gunnis said.
Gunnis pushed the issues of zonal taxation and the First Farm Grant Program during his visit.
"Really it's the issues that affect the Lockyer and a lot of them are issues that affect the whole state," he said.
"The cost of living, jobs, water and electricity are big issues especially out here too with the water table and water for the farmers.
"And stimulating the economy really, it's something that's necessary out here and hasn't happened over the last decade or so and really needs to start happening.
"The party have a lot of policies for the rural community, zonal taxation is a big one giving a chance for the rural community to start getting better and start getting out there.
"Also things like the First Farmers Grant and trying to stimulate a bit of new life into the communities.
Mr Gunnis said he had roots within the Lockyer Valley and wanted to make a difference.
"I've lived in Brisbane all my life and I grew up around the Greenbank, Chambers Flat area, just the other side of the highway," he said.
"We've got farming industries around Lockyer as well, as well as my family lives around the Lockyer so for many years I've been involved with the community here in the Lockyer.
"That's why I definitely wanted to stand here, it affects my work life and my family life as well."