Queensland State Election: LNP carrots target schools, sports groups

Premier Campbell Newman campaigns at Valley District Cricket Club in Ashgrove. Photo: Renee MelidesQueensland Election: Full coverage

School kids and sporting groups stand as the main beneficiaries of the LNP’s election bribery.

A review of projects the Newman Government will only guarantee in an electorate if the local LNP candidate is elected shows the government hitting key voter pressure points in an attempt to shore up seats.

Mr Newman has stood by his ‘LNP MP only’ strategy, despite criticism from both opposition MPs and voters who have labelled it “political blackmail”.

“I’ll be very, very clear,” Mr Newman said.

“If it’s in the candidate or the member’s strong local plan, that is the candidate’s plan.

“And it is dependent on the candidate being elected. That’s pretty clear.”

It means that if the LNP government is returned, which polls indicate will be the case, but a local LNP candidate is not, that electorate will not see promised projects delivered.

Improvements at schools and sporting clubs appear to be the biggest carrots dangled by the LNP.

Tamborine Mountain State High School’s $500,000 auditorium has been linked to Jon Krause’s re-election, despite the school having outgrown its current facility.

Keebra Park State High School will only receive its new amenities block and change facilities if Rob Molhoek is re-elected, while Gracemere kids, in the seat of Rockhampton, will only receive their $1 million new skate facility, if Bridie Luva unseats Labor’s Bill Byrne. The Daisy Hill Netball Club’s $10,000 grant has been linked to John Grant’s fate at the ballot box, while Redland Bay State School kids will only get their $85,000 shade sails, if Matt McEachan keeps the seat for the LNP.

Ipswich stands to lose $1.5 million in matched funding for a cycling track at Raceview if Ian Berry goes down at the polls and Sean Choat is hinging his political fate on $100,000 for shade cloths at North Ipswich Reserve and another $100,000 so women have somewhere to change at Norths Tigers Leagues Club.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls stand to lose $300,000 for their facility upgrade if Neil Symes gets the job and the Wynnum Bugs Rugby Club will miss out on their $100,000 for lighting upgrades.

Bulimba, which came down to just a handful of votes in the 2012 election, has been promised improvements to its swimming pool and a facility upgrade for the Morningside Panthers, if Aaron Dillaway keeps his job.

Murrumba residents will have to do without the Rothwell roundabout upgrade if they decide to vote out Reg Gulley, while Michael Trout is hoping a new multi-purpose area for Kuranda District State College students will keep the seat of Barron River.

Mount Ommaney MP Tarnya Smith’s “strong local plan” includes a new clubhouse for St Catherine’s FC Middle Park, for which the funding will disappear if the LNP is elected without her, while Michael Pucci has promised a footpath upgrade and boat access for a local estate for Logan, but only if he is re-elected.

Ashgrove would also miss out on its $18 million worth of LNP promises.

Most of these announcements have included photo ops with children and those who stand to benefit from the projects.

Mr Newman, who previously described the conditional guarantee as “quite reasonable”, said he would not alter the plan.

“If you vote 1 for the LNP candidate in your local area and they get up, they will deliver that plan,” he said.

“It’s fully costed, fully budgeted and it will happen. If they’re not elected, well, then the new member may have different ideas and different priorities and we cannot guarantee that it would be delivered.”

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