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LNP still the Coast’s top pick

Queensland State Government election

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LNP still the Coast’s top pick

Labor comes up trumps, but you wouldn’t know it on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast has elected a dominant force of Liberal National Party representatives across all divisions, but the state is on track to be governed by the Labor Party.

Only neighbours Noosa broke the LNP mould, voting in independent candidate Sandy Bolton.

While Coast voters have returned a number of familiar faces to their seats, there are a few new ones in the mix, with Ninderry and Buderim supporting political newcomers for the next term.

The brand-new seat of Ninderry, which takes in Coolum Beach, Peregian Springs, Eumundi, Yandina, Bli Bli, Didillibah, Kuluin and Forest Glen, fielded seven candidates, with police officer Dan Purdie securing the division for the LNP.

Mr Purdie is new to the political arena and will leave his position on the Queensland Police Child Protection and Investigation Unit to join parliament.

Buderim incumbent Steve Dickson’s bold move to defect to One Nation and later become the party’s state leader did not pay off, with voters preferring to stick with the LNP and therefore placing their faith in former soldier and ANZ Queensland commercial financial planner Brent Mickelberg.

Maroochy incumbent Fiona Simpson, who has held the seat for the LNP since 1992, will serve another term with close to half of the primary vote in her favour and the neighbouring division of Kawana also voted overwhelmingly for the LNP with Jarrod Bleijie securing almost 57 per cent of the primary vote.

In Caloundra, Jason Hunt was a strong contender for the seat, but incumbent Mark McArdle will continue to hold the seat and despite being in one of the most marginal seats in the state, Andrew Powell has managed to retain his seat in Glass House.

With 76.3 per cent of the vote counted, the Labor party held 43 seats and needed just another four to secure government and return Annastacia Palaszczuk as premier.

The LNP was lagging behind on 35 and One Nation looked likely to win just one seat.

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Roxy has been a journalist for more than a decade and joined the MWP team at the end of 2016. She is a chocolate-powered writing machine who loves to engage with the Coast community, uncover untold inspirational stories and share information that can help people.

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