Gibson: life after politics ‘exciting’
MEMBER for Gympie David Gibson handed in his keys yesterday, ending a political career spanning eight years and five months.
A large map of the Gympie electorate was pinned to Mr Gibson's wall, signed by Mr Gibson's parliamentary and media colleagues.
The map full of signatures was Mr Gibson's idea as a special keepsake.
Premier Campbell Newman's signature was notably missing, given his absence when the map was circulated, but Labor Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk had scrawled her farewell to the Gympie MP.
"It is like the last day of high school and moving house," Mr Gibson said.
The retiring Member for Gympie said he would be "getting on with life" after politics as today's election played out.
Mr Gibson will attend a Gympie Turf Club 100 Club function this evening and said election babble would be hard to avoid.
Earlier, he plans to be in Cooroy handing out how-to-vote cards for the LNP candidate for the seat of Nicklin, Matthew Trace.
Mr Gibson gave his prediction yesterday on the election, tipping a returned LNP Government with a reduced majority. On the thorny subject of Premier Newman and the seat of Ashgrove, Mr Gibson said the Premier faced a "tough battle".
In Gympie, the retiring MP tipped his replacement, Tony Perrett, to win the seat, but was interested to see how "the personal vote" washed up.
Mr Gibson's future will be split between Gympie and Brisbane.
He said he would remain on numerous not-for-profit boards while weighing up the possibility of a company director's role.
"I don't want to lose my connection to Gympie, and there are a few projects, part of my legacy, I want to see happen in a private capacity," he said.
Mr Gibson's political career has weathered controversy in the past year, but he stands proudly by his record, nominating as highlights the Traveston dam, generating awareness of deafness, million-dollar funding for the Mary Valley Rattler and being sworn in as police minister.
And above all, it was the tragedies and triumphs of individual people that had touched him the most.
In a nod to a US presidency tradition, Mr Gibson will leave a note for his successor.
Just what will be on that note is anyone's guess.