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Deb backs Chris Bonanno for Mackay

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the endorsement of Chris Bonanno to contest the seat of Mackay at the October 31 state election.

Ms Frecklington said Mr Bonanno shares her passion to build a strong economy, create new jobs, build dams, cut hospital waitlists and improve our kids’ education.

“Chris has a strong background in business, media and management and has been a passionate advocate for the Mackay community over many years,” Ms Frecklington said.

“He understands the importance of jobs, skills and education, after starting his career as an apprentice fitter-and-turner in 1980 before working in a wide range of industries.

“Mackay desperately needs a local MP who will fight for more local jobs, invest in infrastructure and make the community a safe place to live and raise a family.

“The LNP has the best plan to stimulate the economy and create a decade of secure jobs to drag Queensland out of this recession.

“Our vision is to make Queensland Australia’s economic powerhouse again; the best place to get a job and get ahead and raise a family.

“AN LNP government will implement our economic plan to create a decade of secure jobs, to get Queenslanders working again and drag ourselves out of this recession. 

“The foundations of the LNP’s plan for a stronger economy and secure jobs are investing for growth, unleashing Queensland industry, supercharging the regions and securing our children’s future.

“Our bold plans to build the drought-busting New Bradfield Scheme and Urannah Dam, reduce water prices for Queensland farmers by 20 per cent, slash elective surgery wait times, fix the Bruce Highway and improve education results will secure Queensland’s future for the next generation.”

In addition to serving on Mackay Regional Council from 2012 to 2016, Mr Bonanno has experience working with local small business and promoting the Mackay region during his time as General Manager of Grant Broadcasters, the parent company of 4MK and StarFM.

Chris’s service to the community also extended to the organisation of festivals and support of the arts.

He served on boards and committees including Coal to Coast Organising Committee, Pioneer Valley Tourism Development Association, City Centre Task Force, Tourism Assets Working group and was a Mackay City Band Patron.

Mr Bonanno, a father of five and grandfather of two, said he was thrilled to be endorsed as the LNP Candidate for Mackay.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has badly let down Mackay for far too long,” Mr Bonanno said.

“I will fight extremely hard for more local high paying jobs, better roads and services, improved hospital waitlists and a reduction in crime.”