Labor's Mirani hopeful outlines election priorities

THIRD generation local and mine worker Shane Hamilton will contest Mirani for Labor in the upcoming state election.

A former Mackay Regional Council contender in March, Mr Hamilton grew up on cane farms and cattle stations in Mirani.

The coal mining maintenance project manager calls the region home with his wife Anita and their three children.

Mr Hamilton will go head-to-head with Mirani MP Stephen Andrew (ONP) and candidates Jason Borg (NQ First) and Tracie Newitt (LNP) in a battle for the seat.

The father of three said he was proud to be part of a team that was backing Queensland's recovery from the impacts of the global pandemic.

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"The Palaszczuk Government's nation leading health response has kept Queenslanders safe and healthy, and put our state in the best possible position for economic recovery," Mr Hamilton said.

"I will work alongside our Mirani community to reinvigorate local businesses and get Queenslanders back to work."

Labor state election candidate for Mirani Shane Hamilton. Picture: Supplied
Labor state election candidate for Mirani Shane Hamilton. Picture: Supplied

He is also committed to fast tracking infrastructure in the area to promote road safety and attract more Queenslanders back to the region.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Hamilton had the experience and energy to be a strong voice for the Mirani electorate.

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"We need local champions like Shane to help deliver our COVID-19 economic recovery plan in their area, to support businesses, restore local jobs and encourage more industry to our great state," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Economies around the world have been impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic, Australia is not immune. Queensland is not immune.

"We're continuing to manage the health response and Queensland's plan for economic recovery is well under way.

"That means we're supporting local businesses and local jobs."