(From left) Senator Joe Ludwig, Lesley Angus, Leonie Spence and ALP candidate Geoff Keating at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival Picnic in the Park.
(From left) Senator Joe Ludwig, Lesley Angus, Leonie Spence and ALP candidate Geoff Keating at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival Picnic in the Park.

Candidate drops in for festival

ALP candidate for Maranoa Geoff Keating listed health, the environment and transport as three of the issues he is addressing during the election campaign.

Mr Keating and Special Minister of State Senator Joe Ludwig were in Leslie Park yesterday during Jumpers and Jazz celebrations.

In response to a question about the problem of rock falls at Cunningham’s Gap, Mr Keating said the key in an electorate the size of Maranoa was to work with local government.

Senator Ludwig said the $700 million promised by Member for Groom (Coalition) Ian Macfarlane wasn’t enough for a new range crossing.

“That is why the Gillard Government has set up Infrastructure Australia to fund promises,” Sen Ludwig said.

“We don’t make half promises, we need to consult with regional mayors to develop proper outcomes.

“It is good to see some growth in the Warwick and Stanthorpe region.”

On his chances in Maranoa, Mr Keating said he would be doing his absolute best.

“You never know what happens on the day,” he said.

When he flew into Warwick yesterday, Senator Ludwig commented on the low level of Leslie Dam, a water storage facility he first flew over when he participated in the sport of gliding at the Massie Aerodrome 25 years ago.

“Roads and water are two of the issues in a rural area,” he said.

He strongly supported the approach of Prime Minister Julia Gillard to climate change.

“Climate change is real and if we want a sustainable Australia and continue with (industries like) beef cattle and feedlots, we have to address the issue.”

Yesterday’s visit by Mr Keating was his second to the area since the election date was announced.

He visited the Abbey of the Roses markets, did some doorknocking and set up a mobile election stand last weekend.



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