LNP comfortably retains Queensland seat of Callide in by-election

The LNP has comfortably retained the Queensland seat of Callide in a by-election held yesterday.

The ABC’s chief election analyst Antony Green declared the LNP’s Bryson Head the winner of the seat, which spans an area from central Queensland to the Western Downs.

As of Sunday morning, Mr Head had claimed 49.89 per cent of the vote, well ahead of Labor’s Bronwyn Dendle in second, with 19.56 per cent.

Callide was previously held by LNP’s Colin Boyce, who resigned after becoming the new federal member for Flynn in May.

Queensland LNP leader David Crisafulli said Mr Head would add new depth to state parliament.

“He’ll be the youngest member of the parliament,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“But his background is something that I think people will find refreshing—from a farm, works in the mining industry.

“And he ran a campaign based on the issues that matter … better health care, better law and order and fixing roads … and people really responded to that.”

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Biloela is one of the main population centers of the Callide electorate. (ABC Backroads)

Mr Head, 26, is a self-declared “farm boy” and has worked as a geologist in Australia and Canada.

He said the region needed better access to healthcare and better roads.

“A lot of people from central Queensland have to sit in an ambulance and head to Rockhampton because minor surgeries can’t get done here,” he said in the lead-up to the by-election.

“In the southern end, in Chinchilla, they get sent to Toowoomba.

“I’ll be very much advocating to see our health system fixed.”

Mr Head said primary industry was also his “bread and butter”.

“Callide is an election based around primary industry,” he said

“We grow things, and we extract things.

“I’m not afraid to stand up for our industries and I think that’s why I’m a good fit for people of Callide.”

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