Greens candidate East stands aside
THE Greens candidate who originally nominated for our local federal electorate of Maranoa has been replaced.
Stanthorpe resident Bob East, who last stood against Lawrence Springborg at the 2009 state election, has withdrawn from the federal race for what are understood to be personal reasons.
He was unable to be contacted yesterday but his replacement, Grant Newson, announced he was the new candidate.
A resident of Brookland in the Kingaroy region, Mr Newson said while he “might not get out to Birdsville” he would spend as much time as he could moving around Maranoa between now and election day on August 21.
Mr Newson said he had lived within the South Burnett, which is part of the Maranoa electorate, for more than eight years, having previously lived and worked in Dalby for 17 years with both Australia Post and Ergon Energy.
He declared he was “set to take up the fight to protect productive agricultural land in the region” and had seen first-hand the damage being done to residents and their homes by mining industries moving into populated districts and on to productive farmlands.
“Our own home is located within an area which has a mining exploration permit granted on it,” Mr Newson said.
“Residents are fed up with the mining companies being allowed more rights to the land than the people who have lived on it for generations”.
Mr Newson is so far up against sitting member Bruce Scott of the LNP and ALP candidate Geoff Keating of Gatton.
Candidate nominations for all federal seats close at noon today.