PRACTICAL SKILLS: Kingaroy TAFE chef Jason Ford showing off the knife skills he teaches to students to help them gain employment in the mining industry.
PRACTICAL SKILLS: Kingaroy TAFE chef Jason Ford showing off the knife skills he teaches to students to help them gain employment in the mining industry. Danielle Lowe

Battle for Nanango heats up with wild card candidates

UPDATE 

STEVE Ensby has waved bye bye to Bob and Clive, vowing to finish what he started against long-standing Member for Callide Jeff Seeney in 2012.  

The Dululu farmer and Mt Morgan businessman has confirmed he would be returning to the political arena as an Independent candidate.  

In the last state election, Mr Ensby stood for the Central Queensland seat as the Katter's Australia Party candidate.  

He received 26.61% of the Callide vote, while Mr Seeney received 53.33%.  

Original story 

VOTERS in Nanango will have a choice between at least five candidates in the upcoming state election on January 31.

Today it was announced Grant Newson would run again for the Queensland Greens.

But the real surprise was chef Jason Ford declaring he would run for the Palmer United Party. 

Mr Ford said he was attracted to the party's "common sense" approach to politics and while entering politics was a surprise even to himself, he was proud to fly the flag for his electorate. 

"We need less ideologies and more new ideas," Mr Ford said. 

"The problem with the major parties is that it's always the same old ideas; if you have a problem with your budget, sell the farm."

Privatisation of public assets and job losses in the public sector were one of the major reasons Mr Ford decided to stand. 

He said the government's methods were cloaked in "secrecy" and leasing was the same as a sale.  

"The public isn't stupid," he said.

"They know there's no difference." 

For the Palmer United Party investing in regional Queensland would both help bolster regions and inevitably solve the budget blow out, Mr Ford said. 

Nanango Candidates

  • Grant Newson - The Greens
  • Jason Ford - Palmer United Party
  • Deb Frecklington - Liberal National Party 
  • Ray Hopper - Katter's Australian Party
  • Liz Hollens-Riley - Australian Labor Party

Callide Candidates 

  • Jeff Seeney - Liberal National Party
  • Steve Ensby - Independent
  • John Bjelke-Petersen - Palmer United Party
  • Graeme Martin - Australian Labor Party

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Who will you be voting for in Nanango?

This poll ended on 10 January 2015.

Current Results

Deb Frecklington (LNP)

36%

Ray Hopper (Katter)

12%

Jason Ford (PUP)

21%

Liz Hollens-Riley (ALP)

20%

Grant Newson (Greens)

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.