Division 6 candidate, Cate, takes campaign to the air
THE campaign of Division 6 candidate Cate Carter goes to the air on Saturday as she takes a lucky resident up in a helicopter for a bird's eye view of the electorate.
Ms Carter is running a competition on her campaign website where a resident of the division is invited to tell her what they love about Ipswich.
She will then pick a winner on Friday and the duo will take to the skies with Pterodactyl Helicopters the next day.
Ms Carter said the trip to the air will give her an opportunity to get a different viewpoint on the electorate while also supporting a local business.
She said it was a way of rewarding a local resident and to speak with them about issues they may be able to pinpoint.
"I want to make this is a fun campaign," Ms Carter said.
"Instead of having election signs in yards I intend to run competitions that help people in my division.
"I want to keep things positive and meet people along the way.
"So I am taking a resident up with Pterodactyl Helicopters at 4pm and we will have a look at Division 6 from a bird's eye perspective.
"It will enable me to see spots from a road perspective, and then maybe I can go and have a look at them on the ground.
"We have a quarry near Haig St and I will be able to take a look at that, and get a sense of how big the electorate is.
"It takes in Karrabin and Leichhardt, so it is huge."
Ms Carter, who has taken five weeks annual leave to run her campaign, said she had embarked on a comprehensive on-the-ground coverage of her electorate.
"The last few days I have visited 300 houses and knocked on every door asking what people love about the area and what they don't.
"I just want to get that community vibe.
"People have been so lovely.
"I have been invited in for coffee at a lot of houses.
"It is a slow process but I have done Wulkuraka and now I will be going to Karrabin and working my way through.Hopefully I can get to most of the suburbs."
Ms Carter said the feedback she receives will guide her campaign priorities as she unveils them in the coming weeks.
"Every suburb is going to have different issues," she said.
She said the exercise was as much about listening to people rather than telling them what they needed.
"I met a man in Wulkuraka who broke down in tears when he spoke about the floods," she said.
"He said they felt like they were forgotten during the floods in the little cul-de-sac where he lives.
"Other people a bit further up have issues with the development that is going on at (the Wulkuraka railway maintenance depot).
"They have an open day there on Saturday so I will be going along to that."