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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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
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
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 State School, 21 McIntosh Creek Rd
Kandanga Hall, 81 Main St
Kilkivan State School, 6 Council St
Kin Kin State School, 26-32 Main St
Lifestyle Villages, 1512 Bruce Hwy
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 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 Kindergarten, 13 Rufous St
Pie Creek Hall, 488 Eel Creek Rd
Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall, 6 Reserve St
Rainbow Beach State School, 1 Warooga St
Gympie South State School, 50 Exhibition Rd
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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