GALLERY: Redlands City Chamber of Commerce hosts state election candidates for breakfast before voters go to polls on October 31

THE PANEL: Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, Oodgeroo candidate Claire Richardson, Redlands MP Kim Richards, Capalaba MP Don Brown, Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike and Capalaba candidate Paul Branagan
THE PANEL: Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, Oodgeroo candidate Claire Richardson, Redlands MP Kim Richards, Capalaba MP Don Brown, Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike and Capalaba candidate Paul Branagan

STATE election candidates were in the hot seat this morning when they answered questions on business growth in the region at the Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, Oodgeroo candidate Claire Richardson, Redlands MP Kim Richards, Capalaba MP Don Brown, Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike and Capalaba candidate Paul Branagan were at the meet the candidates forum at the Alexandra Hills Hotel.

Chamber president Rebecca Young asked the panel various questions on what they could do for the Redlands Coast if they were elected or re-elected at the polls at the end of the month.

Labor MPs Kim Richards and Don Brown spoke about several projects their party was delivering including the the upgrade to Redland Hospital intensive care unit and Cleveland Redland Bay Road, as well as schools infrastructure and funding for Redlands Special School and Victoria Point YMCA vocational school.

Mr Brown said the Sycamore School upgrade on the TAFE campus in Alexandra Hills was especially close to his heart as his son had recently been diagnosed with autism.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson and Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike emphasised the need to create jobs and infrastructure in the Redlands.

Mr Pike said the LNP would get Queensland out of the recession and deal with Redlands infrastructure backlog.

Capalaba candidate Paul Branagan said it was time for an independent who could work with all parties in Parliament. He said people wanted to see change and money spent on infrastructure in Capalaba.

The panel was invited to speak about the Championing Redlands Coast report and what they would tackle in the first 100 days of being elected.

A budget and job creation was a unanimous answer.

Oodgeroo candidate Claire Richardson stressed that Redlands had to diversify its industry and not just provide jobs in construction. She wanted to see jobs transferred from the city to the suburbs.

Pre-polling stations opened this week ahead of the October 31 election and voters flocked to make their mark at four locations in the region.