VOTING HAS BEGUN: KAP candidate Anthony Wallis said he is confident in the support he has from the public leading into the election.
VOTING HAS BEGUN: KAP candidate Anthony Wallis said he is confident in the support he has from the public leading into the election. Meg Gannon

Candidate accused of being controlled by 'mates'

KATTER Party representative Anthony Wallis has come out saying LNP candidates are being controlled by big city leaders.

If elected for the seat of Maranoa, Mr Wallis said he will focus solely on the region, and the issues they face.

"I think I'd bring to the table someone who is regionally focussed, without being hand-strung by their metropolitan mates which I think the LNP do,” Mr Wallis said.

"Maybe they want to do right by the bush but they get hand-strung by these guys in the city who are trying to get that green vote.

"I don't have that problem at all.”

As the member of a smaller party, Mr Wallis believes locals are unimpressed with the major parties.

"Lots of people aren't happy with the majors at the moment,” he said.

"There's a lot of dissatisfaction so hopefully their vote comes my way.”

Mr Wallis spent the day meeting voters outside Dalby South State School while his wife Amy and daughter Emily volunteered as scrutineers at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College.

Mr Wallis said he has made the effort to visit the region during his campaign, choosing to stay in Dalby on the all-important election day.

"Dalby is probably my biggest local town,” he said.

"I figure that I probably have as much support here as anywhere.

"Obviously Maranoa is a really big electorate and you've got to be somewhere.

"I thought today it might be better rather than driving around and just stopping five minutes at one or two places, I'd be in town all day and people could have an opportunity to come in and say hello.”

If elected, Mr Wallis plans to focus on water infrastructure, zonal taxation, drought relief, funding for local councils, and mental health services for struggling farmers - things he believes incumbent Mr Littleproud has done little to improve.

"I think we get forgotten a bit,” Mr Wallis said.

"I can't think of a single policy he's enacted that actually supports regional centres.”



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