Colin Boyce, from Taroom, has been named as the LNP Candidate for Callide.
Colin Boyce, from Taroom, has been named as the LNP Candidate for Callide. Contributed

State LNP candidate goes door-knocking

LNP candidate for Callide Colin Boyce was in Biggenden and Monto this week asking around about regional issues.

Mr Boyce, who was nominated to succeed the retiring incumbent LNP State Member Jeff Seeney contesting Callide, spent two days checking in with business owners and community groups.

"Obviously there are issues for jobs in the area, young people in particular,” Mr Boyce said.

"Not an isolated problem here, it's the same thing wherever you go.”

Mr Boyce also spoke to Monto councillor Paul Lobegeier, discussing the situation with the Goondicum ilmenite mine.

The mine has been a potential source of jobs in the region, but has had difficulties in the past staying open.

It closed for the third time back in August 2015 due to crashing ilmenite prices, and since then, Meilor Resources has alluded to attempting to restart the mine on several occasions.

"Everybody's wondering whether the ilmenite mine will become a viable proposition again and whether the company that owns (Meilor Resources) it will start it up,” Mr Boyce said.

"There's obviously a transport problem, but Cr Lobegeier pointed out to me there's a road corridor that goes through there to Bundaberg in need of repairs which needs upgrading, which is something the State Government might be able to contribute to.”

The last word from Meilor on the mine was a press release announcing the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer, Logan Francis, on August 7.

"His appointment is the first of several that we anticipate once our Board gives us the final green light to restart the project,” Meilor Resources CEO Mark McCauley said.

JACK LAWRIE


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