LNP wins Callide

Newly-elected Member for Callide Bryson Head. Photo: Supplied

Emma McBryde

Callide’s new MP Bryson Head might go into Queensland Parliament as the State’s youngest elected representative, but he won’t let it define him – for good or bad.

The 26 year old said he will fight for his constituency, in Parliament and in the electorate.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn and I’m not afraid to ask,” Mr Head said.

“I’m just going to fight for a fair go.”

He said when he was canvassing support before the weekend’s by-election, he received a clear message from voters that they wanted someone to fight for them.

Pre-selected by the LNP in December last year, Mr Head took 10 weeks away from his work as a geologist and clocked up more than 20,000km criss-crossing the electorate during the campaign.

The party retains the seat following with Mr Head as MP, after Colin Boyce stepped down to successfully contest the Federal seat of Flynn.

Mr Head faced five other candidates, with Bronwyn Dendle from Labor, Fabrice Jarry from the Legalise Cannabis Queensland Party, Paula Gilbard from the Animal Justice Party, Adam Burling from Katter’s Australian Party and Sharon Lohse from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation running.

Mr Head said unfortunately he could not be with his family when he received the news the polls were predicting he would be the next Callide MP, as he was driving from Calliope.

“It’s a big electorate,” he said.

Mr Head grew up on a farm north of Brigalow with his parents, two sisters and a younger brother, however, he now lives in Chinchilla.

“I think everyone around me always thought I would be a politician, but it wasn’t in my plans,” he said.

“I’ve always been involved in the community.”

He said he hoped his being elected inspired people to “have a crack”, if they want to see change.

Mr Head said although he would love to reach a senior position in the LNP, he had a lot to learn and his electorate came first.

He arrived in Brisbane in the days following his election with State Budget wish list for Callide.

Mr Head said he hoped to see a CT scanner for Biloela, and more funding for health services and roads.