State Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan MP.
State Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan MP. David Nielsen

Ipswich will be forgotten: MP

MEMBER for Ipswich Rachel Nolan fears the city will be treated as an outcast if Campbell Newman's LNP wins government on Saturday.

Labor is bracing itself for electoral carnage at the polls on Saturday, with even its own advertising now aimed at limiting the losses.

Ms Nolan, who won 60 per cent of the primary vote at the last election, said Mr Newman's failure to visit Ipswich during the lengthy campaign "augured badly for the city as a conservative government looks increasingly likely".

"With less than a week to go in the election campaign, Campbell Newman still hasn't bothered to set foot in Ipswich," she said.

"His own candidate Ian Berry last week said that Mr Newman had not been here since July and that he was not expected to come to Ipswich at all in the election campaign.

"Ipswich is one of Queensland's largest and fastest growing cities but Campbell Newman seems to think it's beneath his dignity to come here."

Ms Nolan said that, historically, conservative governments have neglected Ipswich.

"In very stark contrast Labor has clear plans to keep building the new Ipswich - expanding the hospital, moving public servants to the city and investing in the future of the turf club," she said.

Mr Newman and the LNP have refused to commit to the $6 million ear-marked for stage one of the Ipswich Turf Club redevelopment.

But yesterday, the LNP said it would rejuvenate racing with Ipswich to be included in a "priority review of infrastructure."

LNP campaign spokesman and Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls played down the significance of Mr Newman not visiting Ipswich.

Mr Nicholls said: "While Labor MPs like Rachel Nolan had spent all their time launching negative attacks against Campbell Newman and his family, the LNP had been outlining positive plans to benefit the people of Ipswich".

Mr Newman had "visited every part of Queensland, including Ipswich, since he began campaigning almost a year ago," he added.

"While Rachel Nolan plays politics and obsesses over who has been where and how many times, the LNP will keep focussing on the issues that matter to the people of Ipswich like lowering the cost of living and revitalising front line services for families."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale claimed Campbell Newman had committed to supporting Ipswich and said he wouldn't let it be neglected by the LNP.

On Monday, the Mayor called for an end to Labor's dirty election campaign targeted at Mr Newman and his family.

"I don't want to play politics but Campbell has already made it quite clear his commitment to the western corridor," Cr Pisasale said.

"Campbell has already made a commitment to Ipswich; he's done it publicly and at a function in Brisbane he stated that the western corridor is an important part of the growth of south-east Queensland.

"This is not about politics, it's about looking after the growth areas and I won't let that happen.

"Whoever gets elected is going to make sure they look after the growth areas and the western corridor plays a significant role."



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