19th Gympie MP takes reins, says thanks for the votes
TONY Perrett was keen to start learning the ropes of the next level of government after Gympie was officially declared an LNP seat yesterday morning.
Gympie's former deputy and acting mayor is off to "member training" in Brisbane next week, and says he is committed to increasing the region's standard of living while preserving its great lifestyle.
The declaration brings to an end a sometimes vitriolic State Election campaign locally, tarnished with accusations of back stabbing and back room interference.
The ABC Queensland Election analysis website had the final swing away from the LNP in Gympie (after preferences) at 10.2%.
Retiring Member for Gympie David Gibson posted the declaration on his website and wished Mr Perrett well.
"Congratulations to Tony Perrett on becoming the next Member for Gympie, and to all the candidates who were willing to put their hand up to represent our great community," he wrote.
Mr Gibson had held the seat since 2006.
Mr Perrett himself said it was "good" to get the declaration.
"I'd like to thank the voters of Gympie for electing me to represent them in the 55th Queensland Parliament," he said.
"It's a wonderful honour and I look forward to the next three years with great anticipation.
"I bring a positive and practical approach to the role and I will work hard to represent the needs of all my constituents."
He said that while the result for the LNP across the State had been disappointing, he was pleased to have received a "solid, local endorsement" as he moves from Local to State Government.
"The knowledge I have gained through almost 12 years of service in Local Government will be invaluable," he said.
"I have well established and respected links with our Local and Federal Government representatives.
"It is essential that all three levels of government work together for the betterment of their residents.
"Gympie is a wonderful region with many diverse interests.
"There are significant opportunities to grow our economic and social base.
"The Gympie region is perfectly placed for growth and I look forward to building on my already well established business and community links to deliver a better Gympie region.
"While the State Election result hangs in the balance, I'm committed to working hard to deliver positive outcomes for our electorate.
"Regardless of who controls the treasury benches, education, health, employment, business development, road and infrastructure upgrades will all be important issues.
"I'm committed to working alongside every sector of our community to increase our standard of living, while preserving our great lifestyle."