Scott fires up for the election battle ahead
A FIRED-UP Bruce Scott has vowed to fight the good fight for Warwick if re-elected as the federal MP for Maranoa on September 7.
Saying he is "delighted" Kevin Rudd has finally set a date for the electoral showdown, the veteran Nationals MP for one of the safest conservative seats in the country is naturally tipping a coalition win.
But he says despite his considerable margin he will use his political clout and long-standing in the joint party room to kick goals for the Warwick area.
Mr Scott yesterday cited his success in lobbying the ALP government for changes to natural disaster relief funding as one of his key achievements for the area during his current term.
"I sat down with (roads minister) Anthony Albanese, along with mayors from western Queensland and ensured that flood-damage road repairs done under those joint federal and state arrangements are done to current engineering standards," Mr Scott said.
"That means things like replacing former dips with proper culverts - ensuring the money is better spent on totally re-building roads, instead of the basic repair jobs of the past.
"A good example of this work locally are the repairs to Cunningham's Gap."
Mr Scott pointed to his efforts in urging the release of the new Hendra horse virus vaccine as a win for the Warwick area.
Looking ahead the biggest project on Mr Scott's agenda under an Abbott government is extending wireless broadband reach into small rural communities such as Allora and Killarney.
"Labor's second-rate solution for those communities of less than 1000 premises is a satellite-only service," he said.
"If elected the coalition will ensure those communities are served by optic fibre cable to a node from the local exchange, in combination with wireless towers, giving an (internet) capacity of 25 megabits per second.
"The cost would be capped and regulated by the ACCC."
Mr Scott said there were "no hard feelings" between himself and Barnaby Joyce - who had eyed off Maranoa for a shift into the lower house before securing the candidacy for New England - insisting they would work together on a fix for the notorious Mt Lindesay Rd between Legume and Woodenbong.
Mr Scott said he would conduct campaign launches in Warwick and Kingaroy in the coming weeks.
The facts of Bruce...
Bruce Craig Scott, born October 20 1943, Roma
Former Nuffield Farming Scholar, breeder of stud wool Merinos, lamb and grain producer
First elected as Nationals Member for Maranoa in 1990; re-elected 7 times since