A CHANCE to quiz the candidates for upcoming Queensland state elections is on offer in Ingham.
There are just over four weeks until voting takes place – with five people contesting the Hinchinbrook seat on 31 October.
Current member of parliament Nick Dametto, of Katter’s Australian Party, is having the seat he won in 2017 challenged by Liberal National Party member Scott Piper, Labor’s Paul Jacob, Aurelio Mason, who represents United Australia Party and independent Jen Sackley.
The election forum has been organised by Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce and is being staged on Thursday 8 October at the Ingham Picture Theatre.
People are being invited to submit written questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before midday on Tuesday 6 October.
There will also be a chance for voters to ask questions on the night.
For those who cannot be there in person, the event will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Chamber president Rachael Coco said: ‘It’s important to find out how candidates plan to address matters ranging from insurance stamp duty and reef regulations through to improved marine access and Covid-19 recovery measures.
‘Some issues impact the entire state, whereas others are specific to the Hinchinbrook Shire or regional areas in general.
‘Every election is important, but the Covid-19 pandemic will make this election critical as our shire, state and country are forced to reconsider what ‘business as usual’ means and implement strategies that encourage innovation and foster genuine recovery.’
Doors will open at 5.30 pm with the forum beginning at 6 pm.