O'Dowd looks to make a splash
MEMBER for Flynn has made two new funding commitments in North Burnett as he attempts to stave off his Labor competitor Zac Beers' challenge.
He has vowed $1.4million to fund half the cost of replacing the Pump House Rd Bridge near Biggenden and the Staatz Rd Bridge near Moonford under the Building Better Bridges program.
Another $80,000 will go to the Gayndah Swimming Club under the Community Sport Infrastructure program for the club to build a new grandstand and replace starting blocks with new "Anti Wave 650 Launch” start blocks.
Club president Jody Doyle said the new blocks would make a "big difference” for swimmers, who will get to practice on competition- standard blocks.
"When swimming, a couple of seconds makes all the difference,” Mrs Doyle said.
Mr O'Dowd points to programs such as Building Better Bridges and Mobile Black Spot removal as ways the Coalition Government is fighting for the regions.
Specifically for the North Burnett, he said his support of local men's sheds, disaster preparation and recovery, and road infrastructure are things he has focused on.
Even though Mr O'Dowd will be 72 by the end of his fourth term, if he wins, he said in many ways it's the perfect age.
"I feel sorry for people who have to work in Canberra for 20 weeks of the year and they've got young kids going to school at home and they get to the point where they don't even know who their father or their mother is,” he said.
Mr O'Dowd said he is concerned about Labor's emissions targets, which he thinks would harm the Gladstone aluminium industry.
He said he would be happy to debate Labor candidate Zac Beers once candidates for Flynn are finalised, but that he doesn't want to simply speak about casualisation of the workforce.
"Zac (Beers) seems to think that everyone wants to be permanent,” Mr O'Dowd said.