RUNNING AGAIN: Federal member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd is campaigning for a third term.
RUNNING AGAIN: Federal member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd is campaigning for a third term. Paul Braven

Hats in the ring for Flynn

UNEMPLOYED Flynn residents could benefit from an LNP jobs package set to target electorates hit hardest by the mining downturn.

An LNP spokeswoman said the yet to be announced Bowen Basin Regional Innovation and Investment fund would target those looking to retrain from the mining sector and councils keen to build "job-creating infrastructure".

It is understood the electorates of Flynn, Capricornia, Herbert, Dawson and parts of Kennedy would be included in the fund, with the costs expected to come to around $100 million, to be split between the Federal and State governments.

Though Flynn is considered a marginal seat, sitting member Ken O'Dowd is the strong favourite to retain the seat for the Coalition, according to Sportsbet.com.

The bookmaking website has the LNP backbencher, who caucuses with the Nationals, at $1.30 to win.

Labor's candidate, 25-year-old unionist Zac Beers, is priced at $3.30.

Mr Beers is a Boyne Island local and the Australian Workers' Union organiser for Gladstone.

He said the government had not had the right priorities for the electorate.

"It was reported in the media that they needed an opinion poll to push them to actually acknowledge the ongoing issues regarding unemployment," Mr Beers wrote on his Facebook page.

"You certainly don't need Malcolm Turnbull's secret polling to tell you that you can't have a plan for jobs and growth if you don't have a plan for education."

Other candidates for the seat of Flynn include Craig Thomsett for the Greens and independent Nathan Fletcher.

Flynn's industries include a mix of mining and agriculture, as well as heavy industry around Gladstone.

On its creation in 2007, Flynn was notionally a safe National Party seat.

However, as with several other Central Queensland seats, there was a substantial swing to Labor in 2007, and Flynn was won at its first contest by Chris Trevor.

His margin was boosted by the redistribution ahead of the 2010 election, but the boost was not nearly enough to resist the 5.8% swing to the LNP that elected Ken O'Dowd in his place.

A further swing to the LNP added 3% to Mr O'Dowd's margin at the 2013 election.

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