LNP confident on Gold Coast

CURRUMBIN MP Jann Stuckey holds her seat by a 6.9% margin.

Labor candidate Calum Hyslop reportedly does not live in the area nor did he return My Daily News' phone calls.

Both Greens and Katter's Australian Party candidates David Wyatt and Steve Bowman respectively, have impressive lists of achievements and are active in the electorate.

But all three contenders are fresh on the local political scene, which will make it difficult for either one to dislodge popular conservative Ms Stuckey.

"There will be a party at the Alleygators in Currumbin Waters," Ms Stuckey said. "We're hoping it will be a victory party.

"It's been a very quiet campaign from the other candidates, and I haven't seen them come out with any plans that will benefit Currumbin."

She said her focus would turn to the 2018 Commonwealth Games committee, assuming she wins at the weekend and retains office.

"We need to make sure the Gold Coast is represented on that," Ms Stuckey said.

"I will also want to know if the next government will prioritise widening of the M1 and heavy rail to Coolangatta.

"It'll be interesting to see which direction they'll take.

"And while I still have breath in my body, I'll be fighting for funding for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

"I'm confident I'll get that funding within the next 12 months."

Labor currently holds four Gold Coast seats: Margaret Keech holds Albert with a 6.5% margin; Christine Smith holds Burleigh with 4.9%; Peter Lawlor leads Southport with 3.5%; and Peta-Kay Croft is Broadwater's incumbent with a 2% margin.

Typical of her grass-roots style Mrs Smith said a local MP's role was "not to change the world but to build a community".

"This state election campaign, however, has been a great disappointment to me," she said.

"Advertising from the major parties, both centrally and locally, has been negative and personal.

"I don't believe voters want to see that and have always avoided personal attacks and negative advertising."

She said a young, first-time voter told her she knew less about what each party offered and more about their focus on scoring points against each other.

"Win or lose, I know that my advertising has been positive and I want to thank all those people who have identified this and encouraged me to continue on a positive campaign.

"I really have become part of this community, though that's not to say 33,000 voters know Christine Smith.

"The key is that being there, listening and caring is what a lot of people like and expect from their members."

Mrs Smith said the long-term governing Labor Party had faced difficulties and "bad apples".

"But I think they've been dealt with," she said.

LNP candidate and businessman Michael Hart is launching his third and strongest yet challenge against his Labor opponent.

Mrs Smith is asking for one more term from her constituents, and will retire in three years if she is given it.

The LNP holds six seats: Michael Crandon, Alex Douglas, John-Paul Langbroek, Ray Stevens, Ros Bates and Ms Stuckey hold Coomera, Gaven, Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach, Mudgeeraba and Currumbin, respectively.



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