Colin Boyce, member of parliament for the Queensland seat of Callide, has announced he will nominate for LNP preselection in the seat of Flynn at the next federal election.

Mr Boyce is currently serving a second term in Callide, having been returned by voters at the October 2020 state election with a margin of 15.8 percent.

He made the announcement in a media statement released today, January 5.

The seat of Flynn encompasses the greater Gladstone region and extends as far west as Emerald and south to the North Burnett region. It shares a large border with the south western Queensland federal seat of Maranoa.

Flynn has been held by LNP third term MP Ken O’Dowd, who is retiring at the next election.

Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd will retire from politics at the next federal election

The statement by Mr Boyce said the next federal election was due in “approximately March 2022” but there has been speculation this week the election could be held as soon as this year.

“The mining, resource and agricultural sectors are critical to the ongoing prosperity of Australia,” Mr Boyce, a farmer and politician from Taroom, said.

“The federal seat of Flynn is primarily reliant on these industries and should I become the LNP candidate for Flynn, I will be advocating this point however I can.”

“Obviously, should I become the candidate for Flynn, I will have to stand down from the seat of Callide”.

The Division of Flynn is approximately 133,063 km² in size – more than twice the size of Tasmania.
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