Candidates on the campaign trail in Wright

CAMPAIGN: Scott Buchholz with Barry Kirwin, Father Kevin and Margaret McGrath at St Mary's Catholic Church.
CAMPAIGN: Scott Buchholz with Barry Kirwin, Father Kevin and Margaret McGrath at St Mary's Catholic Church.

THE first week of the federal election campaign saw candidates visible in the communities of Wright as they began their bid for Scott Buchholz's seat.

LNP

Mr Buchholz's office said he had a busy week as the campaign period kicked off, with a full schedule of community meetings and funding announcements across the electorate.

In the Scenic Rim, Mr Buchholz met with residents and doctors of Tamborine Mountain Medical practice, visited Father Kevin and parishioners at St Mary's Beaudesert to announce ongoing emergency relief funding to assist community members most in need and took part in the official opening of federally funded upgrades at Canungra Sports and Recreation Grounds.

Labor

LABOR: Pam McCreadie will stand for Wright in the federal election.

LABOR: Pam McCreadie will stand for Wright in the federal election.

The Australian Labor Party has endorsed mother of two and former P C president of the Jimboomba State School Pam McCreadie as the Federal Labor candidate for Wright in the forthcoming Federal Election.

Mrs McCreadie said she was ready to take the fight up to Scott Morrison's LNP in the pivotal battleground of Queensland.

She said she had lived in Wright for the past 14 years and was highly active in community groups including, as an Assistant Instructor and Treasurer of the Jimboomba and Districts Cadets.

"As a long-term local I'm really passionate about ensuring health and education services in our local community are protected," Mrs McCreadie said.

"While Scott Buchholz and Scott Morrison have cut funding from our local schools and hospitals, our united Labor team is focused on securing the best possible future for the hard-working people of Wright.

"We get plenty of lip service from the LNP, but I'm 100 per cent committed to properly funding our region's schools and healthcare services, and creating more local jobs."

The Katter Party

KATTER: Matthew Tomlinson at Kooralbyn markets with resident Kay Wellhuner. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

KATTER: Matthew Tomlinson at Kooralbyn markets with resident Kay Wellhuner. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

Matthew Tomlinson, the Beaudesert stockman who announced his candidacy for the Katter Party in January, was at the Kooralbyn markets on Sunday meeting locals and talking about his campaign for the federal election.

Mr Tomlinson said he had been speaking to farmers about the vegan activists and would also be visiting with the Mumunjali Men's Group this week to talk about what can be done to improve indigenous land rights.

"The Katter Party is working towards giving treaties and land title to allow Indigenous people to develop the land they have been given," he said.

"Another issue I will be discussing is the Inland Rail," Mr Tomlinson said.

"I don't think spreading coal dust through the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley will have any benefit for us."

Independent

INDEPENDENT: Innes Larkin on Mount Barney.

INDEPENDENT: Innes Larkin on Mount Barney.

Innes Larkin, mountain climber and owner of Mount Barney Lodge, said he was proud to stand as an independent candidate.

Mr Larkin said was comfortable in the political, landscape, he would lead from the front and bring others with him, he had formulated guiding principles to navigate his way through issues, he would not shy away from what needed to be done and he was here to help.

"Standing as an independent will be one of the biggest mountains I have ever climbed, but it is one step at a time, and a million steps to go," Mr Larkin said.

Mr Larkin received the 2016 National Australian Search and Rescue Award in recognition of his contribution to more than 400 rescues for some 700 lost and overdue bushwalkers in the Mt Barney area.

Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party

FRASER ANNING: Rod Smith announced his candidacy at Boonah last week.

FRASER ANNING: Rod Smith announced his candidacy at Boonah last week.

Self-employed tradesman Rod Smith was the One Nation candidate for Wright in 2016 and Scenic Rim in 2017 is now representing Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party.

Mr Smith is described as an avid shooter who believes strongly in the right of everyday Aussies to own firearms.

He said ,major party politicians had made promises for decades to fix the electorate's chronic problems.

"There is very little public transport here in Wright, it is a huge electorate, the roads and infrastructure can't cope, services are maxed out and yet governments of all stripes want to bring yet more people into the region/nation with more subdivisions with tiny blocks of land," he said.

"Governments want the tax and the economic activity in our area as a dormitory suburb of Brisbane but are avoiding their responsibilities to provide the local community integral services."

"There is no viable plan to upgrade the Mt Lindesay Hwy, there is no business plan to construct a passenger rail into the electorate until 2041, there is no vision for the M1. The Inland Freight Rail project got the nod but not a rail passenger service to take the pressure off the inadequate roads."

The Greens

GREENS: Shannon Girard said he would be out and about every weekend until the election.

GREENS: Shannon Girard said he would be out and about every weekend until the election.

Shannon Girard is a transport marketing manager and the Wright candidate for the Greens.

Mr Girard said he was juggling a full time job with his campaign commitments but was enjoying the chance to speak to people in the electorate about such issues as climate change, keeping corporate money out of politics and the high costs of tertiary education.

He said had received a positive reaction from people as he hit the campaign trail over the weekend with visits to Boonah Markets and the Tamborine Country Markets.

Mr Girard said the major parties failed to tackle cost of living pressures in the areas of health, education, housing, electricity, childcare and lack of local job opportunities.

"The people of Wright have been taken for granted for far too long. We need universal health care that includes dental and mental health, fair funding for schools, affordable housing and childcare, and a renewable revolution that will reduce our energy bills and create the jobs of the future," he said.

"It's time that politicians put people and our natural environment before profits and short-term political gain."

United Australia Party

Clive Palmer's United Australia Party named David Wright as their federal candidate for Wright. The UAP was contacted for more details but failed to respond before publishing deadline.