Bryson Head has officially been declared the new Member for Callide following the by-election held on Saturday 18 June.
The by-election was triggered by Colin Boyce’s move to federal politics representing the seat of Flynn.
Queensland electoral commissioner, Pat Vidgen, officially announced the results on 23 June.
“Central Queensland residents have spoken and Bryson Head will now represent the Callide electorate in parliament,” Mr Vidgen said.
More than 8500 people voted at one of four early voting centres in Chinchilla, Gayndah, Gin Gin and Biloela, more than 5700 voted via postal voting and more than 800 voted via telephone voting.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, said Bryson Head had worked extremely hard in the lead-up to the election.
“Bryson Head will be a fantastic representative for the people of the Callide electorate, and at just 26 years of age, has a very bright future ahead,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“It is wonderful to welcome him to the team and I look forward to working with him on issues which affect both our electorates, like roads, health and water security.”
Burnett Today caught up with the new MP and asked him some questions so the region could get more acquainted with their new state government representative.
The following are his responses to our questions.
What are your priorities as state representative for Callide?
Fighting for fair, adequate and appropriate services in our region. We shouldn’t have to travel to a major centre for a CT scan or to access maternity services.
We shouldn’t have to drive on roads that contribute to the highest death toll of any electorate in the state.
We deserve to feel safe in our own homes and to not have the threat of a criminal doing the same to you that they did to your neighbour only days prior.
South East Queensland is getting more than its fair share of infrastructure funding, and thanks to the $3.5Billion blowouts in those projects, we are seeing next to nothing in the state budget.
I’ll be fighting for our fair share, so we can continue to provide the state with food, fibre, resources and wealth.
Who are some inspiring political figures you look to as an example?
There are many great people in the State and Federal LNP team who I know well and can call upon for advice.
There is also a wealth of leadership experience across much of Callide, in private business and local government.
I work well with many of these people and I am not afraid to reach out for their guidance.
What made you decide to go for this job?
I’ve always been passionate about rural and regional Queensland and have been proud to stand up for my community.
I don’t like standing by while we continue to get taken for granted by a government that leaves us behind.
I want a bright future in my community and I want my family, friends and colleagues to have the brightest future possible too.
For this to happen, we need to have someone who’s willing to stand up and fight for it. This is what I’m willing to do, and why I decided to run for Callide.
How do you think your experience working as a geologist in mines will affect your decision-making?
It provided me with real, on-the-ground experience in the resource sector, and a practical and scientific grounding.
Callide is an electorate that revolves around primary industry, whether it’s agriculture, forestry, or mining.
Having also grown up on a farm, I understand the key pillars of the electorate that is the true powerhouse of Queensland.
I believe this gives me the ability to think rationally and weigh up the interests of our community.
As the youngest member of parliament, what will you bring to parliament that might be a little different to some of the other parliamentarians?
A fresh view of the world, and the ability to connect and communicate with the younger generation of society directly.
I also hope that I can encourage more young people to get involved in their town and community and to run for leadership positions.
Age is only a barrier if you let it be one.
What is your favourite book/ album/ movie?
Jock of the Bushveld – Childhood favourite
Brad Cox (2018)
Catch me if you can (I tend to like any movie based on a true story)
It’s not your imagination that the sunsets have been spectacularly orange of late, but thanks to the recent Tonga volcano eruption.
Volcanos throw ash and aerosol particles into the atmosphere, which changes the dispersion of light, and in this instance, has been giving an ultra-orange glow as the sun sets over the horizon.
These contaminants can be detected between 20 and 25 kilometres above the surface of the earth in the stratosphere.
Anything you would like to add?
I thank the people of Callide for entrusting me with this responsibility and opportunity.
The real work starts now, and I hope I can encourage you all to participate in the journey of making our community stronger and fighting for a fair share.
My job is not easy, but what helps is strong communities that I can call upon for assistance in the promotion of issues and advocacy for solutions.