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'It's a big job': Callide winner ready for challenge

Gladstone Region mayor Matt Burnett, Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Andrew Powell, LNP candidate for Callide Colin Boyce and Cr Peter Masters at the intersection of Drynan Dr and Dawson Hwy in Calliope.
Gladstone Region mayor Matt Burnett, Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Andrew Powell, LNP candidate for Callide Colin Boyce and Cr Peter Masters at the intersection of Drynan Dr and Dawson Hwy in Calliope. Matt Harris

UPDATE:

TWO weeks after election day, the seats of Callide and Burnett have been decided.

Colin Boyce has taken the seat of Callide and Stephen Bennett retains the seat of Burnett.

Both men ran under the Liberal National Party banner. Despite leader Tim Nicholls conceding defeat yesterday, Mr Boyce was obviously pleased to claim victory in his seat.

"It's the end result of a long political campaign, it's been some five months we've been doing this," he said.

Despite the LNP losing the election, Mr Boyce said he would still strongly represent the electorate's views in Queensland Parliament.

"Representing Callide is about representing everybody, it's not just about representing the LNP proportion of Callide," he said. "Obviously it's a lot more difficult to deliver things from opposition rather than being in government."

Mr Boyce said covering the Callide electorate was "not without its pitfalls" because of its size and diversity.

"There's five local government authorities to deal with and thousands of kilometres of roads, bridges and highways," he said.

"It's a big job, there's no question about it."

Calliope and parts of the Boyne Valley were moved into the electorate this year from the Gladstone seat.

Despite Mr Boyce winning ahead of One Nation's Sharon Lohse and Labor's Darren Blackwood, voters at the Calliope and Benaraby booths heavily backed Labor.

The electoral office for Callide has historically been based in Biloela.

Mr Boyce said the location was decided by the clerk of the parliament. "I know for a fact that the lease of the office has been renewed at Biloela," he said.

Given the size of Mr Boyce's electorate he said he would like a second office based in Chinchilla.

"Having said that I don't know whether the clerk of the Parliament will entertain that because you're supposed to be over 100,000 sq km to have two offices," he said.

EARLIER:

THE ELECTORAL Commission of Queensland has finally declared results in the seats of Callide and Burnett.

The LNP has claimed victory in both seats.

Colin Boyce will take over from former deputy premier Jeff Seeney, while incumbent MP Stephen Bennett has retained Burnett with one of the biggest swings to the LNP in the state.

The declarations were made yesterday evening, making Callide and Burnett some of the last seats in the state to be decided, despite being relatively comfortable victories for the conservative party.

The two men will be seated on the Opposition benches as LNP leader Tim Nicholls has just conceded defeat to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Read the full story here.

Topics:  burnett callide colin boyce gladstone votes 2017 qld election 2017 stephen bennett


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