Payday for region
QUEENSLANDERS spoke loud and clear at the ballot box on Saturday and the message is most apparent: they want this state to enter a new political era.
The Gympie electorate, after more than two decades of suffering as a seat with a parliamentary representative sitting on the wrong side of the chamber, now has a chance of at least getting a share of the electoral spoils.
It is time for this region to come out of political wilderness and to receive fair consideration by government.
For far too long the amount of government spending has been tokenism at best.
The buildings and infrastructure which have been put in place over the past two decades were of necessity and fell into the long-term planning of government - not any wish to be seen to be doing something for the electorate.
At the same time, government offices in Gympie were closed and workers lost their jobs or had to transfer out of the region to maintain employment.
World-class leading education institutions such as the Forestry Training Centre and associated facilities were sold off.
For more than 20 years, Gympie has been forgotten by state governments as they became more and more city-centric.
Many promises and undertakings have been made over the past few years in relation to what this region can expect under an LNP government. The time has now arrived for those to be delivered.
The massive majority the LNP holds in government is going to make it difficult for Campbell Newman and the members of his ministry to deliver, but they will be expected to do just this.
It is very easy to criticise and make commitments while in opposition.
Member for Gympie David Gibson is to be congratulated on his re-election.
He has served his apprenticeship.
There's an expectation by the Gympie electorate of a Cabinet posting.
It is also expected that he will bring to fruition many of the commitments he has made over his previous terms as this electorate's representative.