Queensland Election 2020 : Electorate Profile Nanango

Nanango is an electoral division in the state of Queensland, Australia. Notable towns include Nanango, Kingaroy and Crows Nest.

It has existed twice. It was first created in 1912, and was replaced by Barambah in 1950. It was recreated in 2001, as a replacement for Barambah.

Nanango was the original seat of Sir Joh-Bjelke Petersen (from 1947 to 1950).

The seat has never been won by the Australian Labor Party in either of its incarnations; indeed, counting its history as Barambah (which covered essentially the same area), it has been in the hands of a conservative party or a conservative independent for over a century.

Nanango is a south-east rural electorate that extends north and west along the Brisbane Valley and D'aguilar Highways and also stretches south to the edges of Toowoomba. Major centres include Kingaroy, Nanango, Kilcoy, Esk and Crows Nest. Covers 13,885 square kilometres.


Nanango was first contested in 1912 and existed as a safe Country Party seat until it was abolished in 1950 when the Hanlon Labor government introduced the state's first zonal electoral system. Nanango was replaced by the electorate of Barambah, which continued to exist until replaced by the revival of Nanango in 2001.

Nanango was the name of the first electorate contested and won by Johannes Bjelke-Petersen in 1947. He won Barambah in 1950 and represented the seat until leaving Parliament in 1987 after 19 years as Premier. The by-election following his retirement saw the seat surprisingly won by the Citizens Electoral Council, the unsuccessful National Party candidate instead turning his attention to a career in federal politics.

The successful CEC candidate in 1988 was Trevor Perrett, but he left and joined the National Party before the 1989 election. Perrett went on to serve as a Minister in the Borbidge government before being crushed by the One Nation juggernaut at the 1998 election.

New MP Dorothy Pratt and One Nation parted company before the 2001 election when Barambah reverted to its former name of Nanango at the 2001 election. Pratt was easily re-elected as an Independent in 2001 with 46.2% of the first preference vote, 45.7% in 2004, 43.5% in 2006 and 40.1% in 2009. Her National opponent in both 2006 and 2009 was John Bjelke-Petersen, son of the former Premier, who has since gone on to contest election as a candidate of the Palmer United Party.

Pratt retired at the 2012 election and Nanango was won by the LNP's Deb Frecklington, overcoming a strong challenge from Carl Rackemann, the Katter's Australian Party candidate and a former Queensland and Australian fast bowler.

2017 results: LNP majorities against One Nation were recorded at all 36 polling places used in 2016, above 70% in seven. Unusually, the strongest LNP result was 81.4% in the Aboriginal community at Cherbourg. Labor recorded 54% of the first preference vote in Cherbourg, but under full preferential voting, very few Labor voters gave their preferences to One Nation, creating peculiar looking hotspot of LNP support. On estimated two-party preferred counts, Cherbourg was the only polling place to record a Labor majority.

Below all candidates in order of the Ballot paper

Election Numbers

Pre Poll Votes for Monday 19 : 1147

Tony Scrimshaw - One Nation

LNP Deb Frecklington

Party Website http://www.betterqueensland.org.au/  contact Deb Frecklington Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DebFrecklingtonMP/ or email Deb Frecklington nanango@lnpq.org.au


I’m a country girl born and bred. I grew up on a cattle property in Guluguba, north of Miles in Western Queensland. My parents worked the land to make a living, provide opportunities for their children and instill in us a love of regional Queensland and its people.

Regional Queensland is my home and where my husband,  Jason and I chose to raise our family. Jason and I first met at the Cattleman’s Bar at the Ekka and were married five years later. I am now the lucky mother to three wonderful girls and we call the town of Kingaroy, in the South Burnett, home.

Like many Queenslanders, I started work straight out of high school - working at Fletcher Jones.

I was keen for new opportunities so went back to school at night to improve my grades and get into university to study business.

Back then it was easier to get different jobs and I spent time being a Jillaroo, selling newspaper advertising, working as a cattle property manager and as an office receptionist.

I eventually studied law at QUT and became a partner in my own firm. At times, I was the only female lawyer in the entire South Burnett region. I practiced in property and family law, did free legal work for victims of domestic violence and developed a special interest in farm succession planning.

Through my court work and talking to local police, I noticed that we had a real issue with mental health in our region, so I helped establish the South Burnett Suicide Prevention Group.

Tim Nicholls and I first worked together in 2012 when I was an Assistant Minister in the former LNP Government. During this time I was successful in removing over 9,000 regulatory requirements on business and delivered over $425 million in savings for business, the engine room of the Queensland economy and regional communities.

Tim and I are a team. We are a mix of both city and country, Liberal and National – meaning Queenslanders get the best of both traditions.

Mark Stapleton - Labor

Party Website https://www.queenslandlabor.org/ Ben Rankin contact mark.stapleton@queenslandlabor.org or  https://www.facebook.com/Mark-Stapleton-Labor-candidate-for-Nanango-624349244885583 or check his profile at https://www.queenslandlabor.org/our-people/state-candidates/mark-stapleton/

Mark moved to the South Burnett district in 2006 and has made it his home.

He has worked as a registered nurse at the Murgon Hospital for the last eight and a half years. Prior to this he worked at Wondai Health Service and Aged Care Facility for five years and has worked at the Kingaroy Hospital for six months.

Mark raised his son here as a single parent and his son was educated at Wondai State School and Kingaroy High.

Mark was very involved in local sporting clubs while his son was playing junior sport. He was involved with the Wondai Proston Rugby League Club doing first aid from the under sevens in the morning through to the seniors game at the end of the day. He was also club treasurer for two years and did meat tray raffles at the local pub on Friday nights. Mark was also involved in the Murgon Junior Cricket Club while his son played cricket and umpired and scored when needed.

Mark is devoted to his local community and the Nanango electorate and is committed to representing their interests in State government.

Maggie O'Rance - Legalise Cannabis Qld (Party)

John Harbison - The Greens

Party Website http://www.onenation.com.au/ email John Harbison office@qld.greens.org.au  or via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/John-Harbison-The-Greens-131805247562820/ or view his profile at https://greens.org.au/qld/person/john-harbison

By profession, I have worked for over 20 years as an environmental scientist specialising in groundwater assessment. My work has taken me throughout Queensland and has made me aware of the impact of mining and other development on farming communities. Before my current role, I worked for over ten years as a soil technician, in a horticulture laboratory, and as a coal chemist in Central Queensland.

We need mining to support our economy, but the benefits must flow to the community and not at the expense of forever losing productive farmland, water resources and unique ecosystems. Aside from the environmental impacts of coal mining generally, the proposed Adani mega-mine is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated.

Successive state governments are directly responsible for Queensland's very poor mine rehabilitation record so their assurances supporting this mine have zero credibility. If Adani is the answer, we are asking the wrong question.

The Greens will introduce legislation that ensures more integrity and accountability in government decision-making processes by banning donations from mining corporations. We’ll raise $26 billion over five years by raising coal and gas royalties and put it into public infrastructure we’ll need to transition to a new economy that will ensure prosperity and comfort for all Queenslanders.

The old parties, particularly the conservatives, have been tying themselves in knots over energy and climate action policies. It has become evident how detrimental their addiction to big business and climate denial ideology is to regional communities in particular. The system is broken – with your support the Greens can repair it.

I am proud to represent the Greens in the Nanango electorate to give electors the opportunity to vote for the Greens – the only political party with a strong environmental protection and social justice record.

Polling Booths

Blackbutt : Blackbutt State School25 Crofton Street BLACKBUTT 4306

Blackbutt Early Voting Centre : Blackbutt QGAP69 Hart St Blackbutt 4306

Brisbane CBD : Brisbane City Hall, Sandgate Room - 64 Adelaide Street BRISBANE

Brooklands : Brooklands Rural Fire Brigade Lord Street Brooklands 4615

Cherbourg : Cherbourg Town Hall22 Barambah Avenue CHERBOURG 4605

Cloyna : Cloyna State School8 William Webber Road CLOYNA 4605

Coolabunia : Coolabunia State School Cnr D’Aguilar Highway and Mary Street COOLABUNIA 4610

Coominya : Coominya State School7 Cornhill Street COOMINYA 4311

Cooyar : Cooyar State School16 Gracey Street COOYAR 4402

Durong : Durong Community Hall8940 Chinchilla Wondai Road DURONG SOUTH 4610

Esk : Esk State School49 East Street ESK 4312

Fernvale : Fernvale State School1605 Brisbane Valley Highway FERNVALE 4306

Goomeri : Goomeri State School Munro Street Goomeri 4601

Inverlaw : Inverlaw Farmers Hall1136 Kingaroy Burrandowan Rd Inverlaw 4610

Kilcoy : Kilcoy Memorial Hall Kennedy Street KILCOY 4515

Kilkivan : Kilkivan State School6 Council Street KILKIVAN 4600

Kilkivan : Early Voting CentreKilkivan QGAP26 Bligh Street KILKIVAN 4600

Kingaroy : Kingaroy State High School Toomey Street Kingaroy 4610

Kingaroy Early Voting Centre : Kingaroy Showground31 Youngman St Kingaroy 4610

Kingaroy East : St John’s Lutheran School84 Ivy Street KINGAROY 4610

Kumbia : Kumbia State School22 Bell Street KUMBIA 4610

Maidenwell : Maidenwell Hall Pool Street MAIDENWELL 4615

Mondure : Mondure Public Hall12 McConnell Way MONDURE 4611

Moore : Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall9 Main Street MOORE 4314

Mount Kilcoy : Mount Kilcoy State School251 Jenkinsons Road MOUNT KILCOY 4515

Mount Tarampa : Mount Tarampa State School9 Profkes Road MOUNT TARAMPA 4311

Murgon : PCYC South Burnett40-42 Macalister Street MURGON 4605

Nanango : Nanango State School39 Drayton Street NANANGO 4615

Proston : Proston State School94 Rodney Street PROSTON 4613

Returning Officer Nanango : Nanango Showground129 Drayton St Nanango 4615

Taabinga : Taabinga State School 2 Rae Street KINGAROY 4610

Tansey : Tansey Bowls Club21 Tansey Hall Road TANSEY 4601

Toogoolawah : Toogoolawah State School Gardner Street TOOGOOLAWAH 4313

Wheatlands : Wheatlands State School422 Byee Road WHEATLANDS 4606

Wondai : Wondai Memorial Hall Cnr Mackenzie & Scott Streets WONDAI 4606

Wooroolin : Wooroolin State School34 Frederick Street WOOROOLIN 4608

Yarraman : Yarraman State School17 John Street YARRAMAN 4614

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Candidate Count Percentage
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Queensland Division
4737 14.70%
Liberal National Party of Queensland
16085 49.91%
Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland)
8908 27.64%
O'RANCE, Maggie
Legalise Cannabis Qld (Party)
1342 4.16%
Queensland Greens
1154 3.58%
Total Formal Votes 32226 97.40%
Total Informal Votes 859 2.60%
Total Votes 33085
       Data from Official First Preference Count

About Percentage Counted

Percentage counted is based on the percent of enrolled electors counted in each count. In the Unofficial Indicative Count and Official Distribution of Preferences Count only formal votes are counted.
Voting Method: Attendance Ballot
Voting System: Compulsory Preferential Voting
Percentage of enrolled electors counted: 89.01% counted
Enrolment: 37,170
Last Updated: November 12 2020 9:13 AM

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