Queensland Election 2020 : Electorate Profile Pumicestone

Pumicestone is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland.

The district was first created for the 2001 state election. Located in the corridor between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, it includes the urbanised areas of Bribie Island, as well as parts of Caboolture. It is named after the Pumicestone Channel, the strait which divides Bribie Island from the mainland.

An electorate at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Pumicestone has two distinct ends. In the east it includes the retirement haven of Bribie Island, which is separated from the mainland by the Pumicestone Channel after which the electorate is named. In the west the electorate takes in those parts of Caboolture that lie between the Caboolture River and D'Aguilar Highway. Covers 294 square kilometres.

Background

Pumicestone was created by the redistribution ahead of the 2001 election and replaced the abolished electorate of Caboolture. Labor held since 1989, Caboolture had fallen to One Nation's Bill Feldman at the 1998 election. Like all One Nation MPs, Feldman split from the party during his first term and went to the 2001 election as Leader of the City-Country Alliance. The redistribution split his old seat between semi-rural Glass House and urban Pumicestone. Feldman chose to contest Pumicestone, but finished fourth with 15.5% of the vote, behind both the Liberal and One Nation candidates. More than 60% of preferences exhausted, inflating the Labor Party majority and electing Labor's MP Carryn Sullivan.

Sullivan was the wife of former MP for Caboolture Jon Sullivan, and Jon Sullivan was to serve as federal MP for the local seat of Longman 2007-10 while his wife was state MP.

In 2004 there was a swing against Labor caused by the return of the breakaway conservative vote to the Liberal Party, but Labor retained its margin at both the 2006 and 2009 elections. None of that mattered in 2012 when a 17.1% swing delivered Pumicestone to the LNP's Lisa France.

In 2015 the Queensland State election saw political fortunes switch again with a 14.2%  swing to Labor and the election of Rick Williams who holds the seat with a 2.1% margin on the pendulum.

In 2017 a small swing to LNP under Simone Wilson Who is retiring.by a margin 0.84% LNP 50.84% vs Labor 49.16%. the LNP recorded majorities in six polling places, all at the eastern Bribie Island end of the electorate, where Labor recorded majorities 10 polling places, most at the western Caboolture end of the electorate. The LNP results ranged from 36.9% at Tullawong State High in Caboolture to 56.6% at Toorbul Community Hall overlooking Pumicestone Channel.

Retiring Member : Simone Wilson  and her husband moved to the local area 15 years ago to raise their family, and five boys later she thinks she knows every sports field, emergency medical facility, and takeaway place in the region. In the past she has worked as a Teacher Aide at Bribie Island State High School and with the Australian Red Cross Employment Service, specialising in supporting local people who have extra difficultly getting a job. After further study she has been working as a client manager for Star Finance. First elected in 2017, Wilson has chosen to retire after a single term citing family reasons.

This electorate has a median weekly wage of $961.00, Percentage of people aged 60 Plus 35.40%,  percentage of people born in Australia 58.70%, Home owners with mortgages 61.20%, renters account for 34.50%, Kids attending private school 11.20%, while 5.10% use public transport and 73.40% drive a vehicle to work, finally 11.10% are unemployed

Below all candidates in order of the Ballot paper

Election Numbers

Pre Poll Votes for Monday 19 : 1629

Ryan Dryden - Legalise Cannabis Qld (Party)

Ali King - Labor

Party Website https://www.queenslandlabor.org/   email Ali King at ali.king@queenslandlabor.org or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AliForPumicestone/

Ali King is the Labor candidate for Pumicestone.

Ali is passionate about making sure ordinary people have the services and policies they need so they don’t fall through the cracks. Having run a small business and worked in employment services, Ali knows firsthand how good secure jobs can change lives.

Ali loves the natural beauty and diversity of Pumicestone. Her family have deep roots in the Moreton Bay region and she chose to live here based on the unique lifestyle and the wonderful sense of community it offers. A big focus for Ali is that people in Pumicestone have access to quality healthcare, education services as well as transport and infrastructure to support the community.

Whether it’s volunteering to help stop domestic violence, sitting on a local school board or working to get bird-friendly and people-friendly pelican roosts installed on the Bribie bridge, Ali stands up for our local community.

Ali has two young children and lives in Bellara.

Fiona Gaske - LNP

Party Website http://www.betterqueensland.org.au/  contact via website https://www.lnp.org.au/fiona-gaske/ Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/FionaGaskeLNP/  or Fiona gaske  email pumicestone@lnpq.org.au or Phone: 0499 444 921 Post: PO Box 441, Bribie Mail Centre 4507

Gaske lives with her husband and family on Bribie Island. She previously served eight years on Balonne Shire Council including four years as Deputy Mayor. Gaske has degrees in speech pathology and music and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She trained as an opera singer and classical dancer and founded the Maranoa Performing Arts. She also served on the Queensland Local Government Association's economic committee, a hospital board and the Great Artesian Basin advisory board.

Fiona Gaske lives in Banksia Beach with her husband and two children.

Fiona loves the local lifestyle and sense of community here in Pumicestone.

With proven experience serving her community, Fiona has eight years’ experience as a local government councillor and four years as a Deputy Mayor. Fiona has never backed down in advocating for her community’s fair share.

As well as experience in local government.

Fiona knows the issues facing small and medium businesses in these unprecedented times. Fiona has served on a number of boards throughout Queensland.

When it comes to health, the economy and tackling unemployment, Fiona has the experience needed to be our strong voice in Parliament.

Fiona is committed to busting local congestion, delivering better health and education results and fighting for lower taxes and easing cost of living.

A proud member of Deb Frecklington’s LNP team, Fiona is determined to get Queensland working again.

 

Richard Ogden - Greens

Party Website https://greens.org.au/qld  contact Richard Ogden via  email  richard.ogden@qld.greens.org.au   or via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichardOgden.Greens/

Richard Ogden gives his election pitch here.

I’ve put my hand up to run as your Greens candidate for Pumicestone because we need honest politics in Queensland more than ever.

I’ve worked in a variety of industries and small business. My experience in public relations, event management, media production and teaching has made me a good listener and given me insight into how best to represent and amplify the voices of our community. I’ve run a successful chamber of commerce and campaigned to restore the Murray-Darling Basin.

Recent natural disasters and the current health and economic crises have revealed severe flaws in our system, and the fault lines we must repair to build a better future for all of us.

We now have a unique chance to pressure the Queensland Government to make our community values a priority in the economic recovery from the Covid-19 health crisisWe’ll create over 1,700 jobs a year in our region by building state-of-the-art new social housing and eradicate waiting lists and homelessness, and even more jobs building publicly-owned renewable energy infrastructure. Our plans for a new publicly-owned pharmaceutical company will ensure Queensland has access to life-saving new drugs and vaccines.

Proper financial management doesn’t mean we must choose between looking after people and the environment and a prosperous economy. With smart, evidence-based policies, we can have both. We must treasure our natural wonders while promoting more sustainable industries.

By refusing corporate donations, the Greens cannot be bought out by lobbyists pushing agendas or with vested interests. Instead, we represent the community.

Together, let’s put these values front and centre this election.

 

Ross Konowalenko - One Nation

Party Website http://www.onenation.com.au/ Ross Konowalenko Profile at https://www.onenation.org.au/ross-konowalenko

Konowalenko moved from Brisbane to Beachmere after marrying, the couple buying a block of land and building their home.

For the final six years of his 30 year plus policing career, he was stationed at Caboolture and Bribie Island police stations.

Prior to 'retiring', he commenced studies through Griffith University and after graduating in teaching and human resource management, he was a teacher at the Caboolture High School.

He later completed legal studies and has worked at the Woodford Correctional Centre for the past six years.

He has also completed further studies with Charles Sturt University in religious education, philosophy and ethics.

His is involved with the St John Ambulance, Bribie Island SES, Beachmere RSL, is a marriage celebrant and has 40 years of Army Reserve service.

Polling Booths

Banksia Beach : Banksia Beach State School133 Sunderland Drive BANKSIA BEACH 4507

Beachmere : Beachmere State School James Road Beachmere 4510

Bellara : Bribie Island Volunteer Marine Rescue4 Marine Parade BELLARA 4507

Bongaree : Bribie Island Orchid Society156A First Avenue Bongaree 4507

Bongaree : Bribie Island Early Voting Centre  Bribie Island Orchid Society 156A First Avenue Bongaree 4507

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

Caboolture : Caboolture Memorial Hall65 King Street CABOOLTURE 4510

Caboolture East : Caboolture State High School1-57 Lee Street CABOOLTURE 4510

Caboolture North : Pumicestone State School75 Cottrill Road Caboolture 4510

Donnybrook : Donnybrook Community Hall Cnr Alice & Edith Streets DONNYBROOK 4510

Elimbah : Elimbah State School10-20 School Road ELIMBAH 4516

Ningi : Ningi Community Hall1320 Bribie Island Road NINGI 4511

Returning Officer Pumicestone : Pumicestone Office16 Piper St Caboolture 4510

Sandstone Point : Sandstone Point Community Centre202 Bestmann Rd E Sandstone Point 4511

Toorbul : Toorbul Community Hall158 Esplanade TOORBUL 4510

Woorim : The Surf Club Bribie Island2 First Avenue WOORIM 4507

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Results

Candidate Count Percentage
DRYDEN, Ryan
Legalise Cannabis Qld (Party)
1414 4.23%
Declared: KING, Ali
Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland)
15423 46.13%
NEWBERY, Steven
Clive Palmer's United Australia Party
372 1.11%
GASKE, Fiona
Liberal National Party of Queensland
12150 36.34%
OGDEN, Richard
Queensland Greens
1460 4.37%
KONOWALENKO, Ross
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Queensland Division
2617 7.83%
Total Formal Votes 33436 96.94%
Total Informal Votes 1057 3.06%
Total Votes 34493
        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: 90.09% counted
Enrolment: 38,286
Last Updated: November 17 2020 5:26 AM

Elected Candidate

Elected Candidate: KING, ALI BREEZE

What this electorate gains

The key election issues that decided the vote were infrastructure, health and education.

Infrastructure

A re-elected Labor government will put $4 million towards the plan and design of a new Bribie Island Bridge. This is on top of the $21 million already set aside for local road upgrades.

Labor has promised $7.775m towards plans and upgrades of Beachmere Rd

Emergency services/health

Labor has promised to build a satellite hospital on Bribie Island if re-elected

Mobile Police Beats will be established at Beachmere and Bribie Island

Labor has pledged $35 million towards new vessels for volunteer marine rescue and coast guards across the state including the one based at Bribie Island

Education

Labor will hire 1200 teachers and an extra 120 teachers aides in the Moreton Bay region

Beachmere State School will get a new outdoor learning space

The special eduction block at Beachmere State School will get at $250,000 upgrade

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