Llew O'Brien and his family celebrating his hold on Wide Bay. Mr O'Brien leads the count on about 43 per cent.
Llew O'Brien and his family celebrating his hold on Wide Bay. Mr O'Brien leads the count on about 43 per cent. Alistair Brightman

Federal Election 2019: O'Brien to hold on in Wide Bay



INCUMBENT Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien looks set to hold his seat after early polling results indicate a commanding lead for the LNP.


1pm - Bryar says The Greens have 'huge upswing' in Gympie

THE Wide Bay polling booths have now closed, but The Greens candidate Daniel Bryar was full of positivity when reflecting on his campaign during a stopover at Gympie South State School early this afternoon.


1pm - Jerome believes he can win

INDEPENDENT candidate for Wide Bay Tim Jerome believes he has enough support to out-poll Labor candidate Jason Scanes - and ultimately usurp the incumbent LNP and Llew O'Brien - as polls close and counting begins across the nation.

"I'm still feeling confident. I know (people) think Llew's going to get over the line but I don't think he is. I think I'm going to out-poll Labor, and I think I'm going to get their preference, I'm actually preference number 3,” he said.

Independent believes he has enough support to win Wide Bay

ALL THE CANDIDATES, ALL THE DETAILS: Everything you need to know before you vote in Wide Bay

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Gympie election - Councillor Dan Stewart shows his support for Jason Scanes and Labor. Troy Jegers

12:45pm - Gympie councillor shows support for Scanes

Among the volunteers handing out how to vote cards at Gympie South State School throughout Election Saturday was Division 5 councillor Dan Stewart, who showed his support for Labor candidate Jason Scanes.

Cr Stewart said his support for Labor stretched back as much as 30 years, and Mr Scanes was a quality candidate for the Wide Bay seat.

"To me, Labor is about giving an opportunity for all people to achieve, and Jason Scanes is a really good candidate,” Cr Stewart said.

"He's got that business background and army background, and he's got great concern for people from all walks of life.

"He's got a real heart for wanting to provide opportunity for all people.”

Cr Steward said a Labor government would provide better funding for state schools and the health sector.

He said he had received a mixed reaction among voters heading for the polls.

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LNP candidate and incumbent Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien casts his vote in the 2019 Federal Election at Gympie South State School on Saturday morning. Troy Jegers

11.30am - Llew O'Brien casts his vote in Gympie

LNP candidate and incumbent Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien cast his vote for the 2019 Federal Election surrounded by his family at Gympie South State School.

Mr O'Brien said he was "quietly confident” of being re-elected and he was hoping for a positive result on a national level.

"It has been an incredible honour to serve the people of Wide Bay for the past three years. That absolutely is the most important thing to say today,” Mr O'Brien said.


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Llew O'Brien meets Gympie Show Society president Graham Engeman outside Gympie South State School before casting his vote. Troy Jegers

1.30pm - Glenwood decides

JOHN Davis is volunteering outside Glenwood State School with his puppy Monty on behalf of Fraser Anning's Conservative Party.

He said he has had plenty of interest through the day.

"I've done volunteering now since 1992 and I'm very impressed with the policies of Fraser Anning.”

The first group he did volunteer work for was the Confederate Action Party.

He now volunteers for state and council elections as well as federal elections.

He has campaigned for One Nation but now feels Fraser Anning's party more closely represents his beliefs.

Sonia Fitzpatrick, volunteering for the United Australia Party, was on hand to chat with those casting their votes at Glenwood State School and in between was having a chat with Peter Norman, who was volunteering on behalf of Wide Bay's Labor hopeful Jason Scanes.

Glenwood residents Cathleen and Gregory Sloss voted at Glenwood State School today. Taxation was one of the biggest issues they considered ahead of voting.

12.40pm - Bauple ballots

IT'S been a busy day in Bauple with plenty of people dropping by the town's only polling booth.

Labor volunteer Karen Holmes said there had been a steady stream people since polls open led this morning.

Her husband, Alan Holmes, said usually about 350 people cast their votes in the small township.

SABRINA Spice and Craig Hewson voted at Bauple State School today, saying health and education were their number one issues as they have a young daughter, Amber, who has struggled with health issues since she was born.

12.09pm - Friendly rivalry

PROVING rivals can be friends, Lance Stone, handing out flyers for Labor's Jason Scanes and Jeffery Schmidt, handing out flyers for the LNP and Llew O'Brien, were sharing a laugh at Tiaro State School, where dozens of people have voted this morning.

Jeffery and Lance agreed that all those who attended had been very respectful to both of them.

"Most have already made up their minds how they want to vote,” Jeffery said

10.50am - Jason Scanes casts vote

WIDE Bay Labor candidate Jason Scanes has voted at Maryborough's St Paul's along with his wife, Jackie.

He said he had been travelling around the different booths in the city to thank the volunteers who were supporting his run for office.

"I'm proud of what Labor stands for, a fair go for low and middle class workers, investing in people and looking after the elderly. That's what I'm about and that's what Labor is about.”

Wide Bay's Labor candidate Jason Scanes casts his vote with wife Jackie.
Wide Bay's Labor candidate Jason Scanes casts his vote with wife Jackie. Carlie Walker


DAWN Powell, in a distinctive royal blue shirt, volunteered to hand out fliers on behalf of Wide Bay's LNP candidate Llew O'Brien.

"I've been a member of the Liberal Party since 1980,” she said.

"I suppose it's their policies and the way I was brought up.”

Rebecca Norman and Jamie Dunn were handing out fliers on behalf of the United Australia Party. Rebecca said it was a great day to be part of the community and to talk to people.

Craig Armstrong was volunteering on behalf of the Greens at St Paul's.

"I think the interest is up more generally speaking for progressive parties.

Addressing things like climate change, inequality and tax evasion so we can properly fund public services is important to people.”

Craig is a former Wide Bay candidate for the party.


Mary Rose and Cynthia Terelst both voted at Granville Community Kindergarten this morning.

One voted for Labor's Jason Scanes and the other for Daniel Bryar from the Greens.

Cynthia said it was climate, environmental and immigration issues the help her decide to vote for the Greens.

Mary Rose said it was family tradition that inspired her Labor Party vote.

Geoff Moller is handing out fliers for incumbent member Llew O'Brien at Granville Community Kindergarten.

"I do it every election for the last 50 old years from the old Nationals Party to the LNP,” he said.

"I've been with the National Party all my life and knew Warren Truss very well. I think Llew is doing a good job.”

ALL THE CANDIDATES, ALL THE DETAILS: Everything you need to know before you vote in Wide Bay

Polling booths remain open until 6pm for those who haven't yet voted in Wide Bay.

Here's where you can vote:



Amamoor State School, Mary St


Bauple State School, 8 Forestry Rd


Boonooroo Hall, Eckert Rd

Boreen Point:

Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club, 24 Boreen Pde


Brooweena State School, Lahey St


Chatsworth Community Hall, 3 Allen Rd


Cherbourg Council Chambers, 22 Barambah Ave


Cloyna State School, 8 William Webber Rd

Cooloola Cove:

Veterans and Community Hall, 1 Santa Maria Ct


Cooran State School, 31 James St


Cooroy RSL Memorial Hall, 23-29 Maple St


Curra Community Hall, 10-22 David Dr


Federal State School, 40 Middle Creek Rd


Glenwood State School, 13 Glenwood School Rd


Goomboorian Memorial Hall, 5 Ross Rd


Goomeri State School, 5 Munro St


Granville Community Kindergarten, 162 Cambridge St

Greens Creek:

Gympie East State School, 219 Cedar Pocket Rd


Gunalda State School, King St


Gympie Church of Christ, 57 Horseshoe Bend

Gympie Senior Citizens Centre, 40 Mellor St

Gympie State High School, Cootharaba Rd

James Nash High School, 109 Myall St


Mary Valley State College, Yabba Creek Rd

Jones Hill:

Jones Hill State School, 21 McIntosh Creek Rd


Kandanga Hall, 81 Main St


Kilkivan State School, 6 Council St

Kin Kin:

Kin Kin State School, 26-32 Main St


Lifestyle Villages, 1512 Bruce Hwy

Lower Wonga:

Lower Wonga Hall, 7 Lower Wonga Hall Rd


Aldridge State High School, 68 Boys Ave

Maryborough West State School, 149 North St

St Paul's Memorial Hall, 200 Adelaide St

Sunbury State School, 545 Alice St

Mothar Mountain:

Mothar Mountain Community Hall, Lot 374 Noosa Rd


Mungar State School, 1143 Mungar Rd


Murgon PCYC, 40 Macalister St


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Hall, 115 Eumundi-Noosa Rd

Noosa Baptist Church Hall, 213 Weyba Rd

Noosa Christian Outreach Centre Hall, 202 Beckmans Rd

Peregian Beach:

Peregian Beach Kindergarten, 13 Rufous St

Pie Creek:

Pie Creek Hall, 488 Eel Creek Rd


Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall, 6 Reserve St

Rainbow Beach:

Rainbow Beach State School, 1 Warooga St


Gympie South State School, 50 Exhibition Rd

Sunshine Beach:

Sunshine Beach State School, 269 David Low Way


Tansey Hall, 35 Tansey Hall Rd


Noosaville State School, 75 Beckmans Rd

Tewantin State School, 10 Werin St


Tiaro State School, 1 Forgan Tce

Tin Can Bay:

Tuncunba Hall, 20 Gympie Rd


Tinana State School, 239 Gympie Rd


Tinbeerwah Hall, 863 Sunrise Rd


Veteran Hall, 594 Sandy Creek Rd


Widgee State School, 2156 Gympie-Woolooga Rd


Wolvie State School, 936 Kin Kin Rd


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