Capalaba candidates have their say ahead of 2020 state election

ELECTION: The Capalaba electorate covers suburbs including Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, Birkdale and Thorneside.

ELECTION: The Capalaba electorate covers suburbs including Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, Birkdale and Thorneside.

MEET the Capalaba candidates in Saturday's election.

The Redland City Bulletin asked candidates to submit statements and videos leading up to the election on October 31.

Candidates are in order that their names will appear on ballot papers.

Don Brown, Labor

Michael Metzen, The Greens

Marilyn Winters, Informed Medical Options Party

Neal Gilmore, One Nation

Peter Callil, Civil Liberties and Motorists Party

Paul Branagan, Independent

CANDIDATE: Paul Branagan is running as an independent for the Capalaba seat.

CANDIDATE: Paul Branagan is running as an independent for the Capalaba seat.

Hi, I'm Paul Branagan and I am standing as an independent for the electorate of Capalaba.

As the gateway to the Redlands, Capalaba is crying out for investment in its infrastructure, something that has been notable by its absence over recent years. I struggle to name any major project that either party has delivered in the electorate in the last 10 years.

At this time of great economic uncertainty, people want to see their representatives working together to get more funding and more jobs for the local community. Not arguing with each other. So I am asking voters to lend me their vote for this one election, and see what we can achieve together:

  • Cutting congestion and helping the environment by at last delivering the long-promised Eastern Busway, not a downgraded transitway.
  • Starting the process of upgrading our very own 'misery' rail line so we too can benefit from the $6 Billion Cross River Rail Project.
  • Making sure that hospital spending promises made by both parties happen, and don't become yet more undelivered pre-election promises.
  • Importantly it includes working together to grow local jobs, whether that be by delivering cutting-edge internet access to local businesses or by demanding our share of the decentralised Queensland government jobs that are currently going everywhere but the Redlands.

It's time for action not empty promises. It's time to vote for an independent that can work with either the LNP or ALP to deliver for this electorate.

Bev Walters, LNP

CANDIDATE: Bev Walters is the LNP candidate for Capalaba.

CANDIDATE: Bev Walters is the LNP candidate for Capalaba.

Hi - I'm Bev Walters, your LNP Candidate for Capalaba. I'm a wife, and mother to two girls aged 13 and 10. I've been in the tourism industry for the past 30 years, and run a successful small business for the past 18 years.

I'm running because I've become increasingly concerned by the democratic abuses appearing in state government. Integrity scandals are becoming commonplace, and lack of accountability is rife. After 19 out of the past 22 years of having a Labor state government, Queensland - which used to be the powerhouse state of Australia - is now the permanent winner of the wooden spoon. Even pre-COVID, Queensland unemployment was the highest of any state and it remains so today.

I believe Capalaba deserves an MP who won't take the electorate for granted just because Capalaba is a safe Labor seat. Election promises should be met, rather than being re-promised again at the next election. Behaviours that may be commonplace in a union have not translated well to the political sphere, and people in the Capalaba electorate have been substantially disadvantaged as a result.

It's time we consign the past five years of the current MPs representation to the bad experiment basket, and move forward together with vision, energy, drive, and above all with civility. It's time for a positive change.