Veteran launches election campaign
LNP members turned out in droves for sitting Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg's official campaign launch in the Rose City on Saturday.
With Queenslanders heading to the polls in just under two weeks, the 20-year veteran got the ball rolling but said things were a little different this time around.
"The previous two elections I was the Opposition Leader so I was around the state more and in the spotlight more," he said.
"This time around I have been more electorate focused.
"I have always said the most enjoyable thing about being a member of parliament is being able to serve an electorate."
Mr Springborg said he was getting more people than ever approaching him in the streets pledging their support.
"When you are out and about in the community you get people coming up to you voicing their political opinion," he said.
"It's fair to say there is a greater level of that than you would normally have. It's palpable."
While mining, health and cost of living pressures were on the state agenda, he said there were also issues closer to home.
"There are specialist local issues that I want to continue with," Mr Springborg said.
"There's making sure the Warwick State High plan is properly implemented with resources for students and teachers, keeping pressure on the State Government for alternative designs for the Eight Mile and pushing for Federal Government funding."
While the ALP candidate for the Southern Downs Suzanne Kidman is yet to be heard from, Katter's Australian Party candidate Ade Larsen has been making his presence known. Michael Kane will be on the ballot for the Greens.