Whitney remains open to future challenge
KATTER'S Australia Party candidate Jennifer Whitney didn't get the result she was hoping for - but there is a silver lining.
With the KAP retaining their two north Queensland seats and looking to pick up Hinchinbrook, the minor party will be in the box seat if the Labor Government doesn't reach the 47 seats needed to win outright.
Ms Whitney picked up 9.2 per cent of the primary vote and said she was proud to represent the Katter's Australia Party.
"(The vote) was in line with what people thought we would get but I was hoping for more because it's a lot of effort (to run) and KAP is a fantastic party representing regional and north Queensland. I thought it was an opportunity to provide people with a choice,” she said.
"What you get by having the KAP party is that you could have someone providing that balance of power rather than a full majority or opposition where you often don't see deliverables for future.
"KAP is actually growing, which is fantastic to see.”
Ms Whitney performed best in booths close to home in Proserpine, including the St Catherine's Catholic College booth, Proserpine pre-poll and Bloomsbury.
Her highest individual primary vote at a pre-poll booth didn't exceed 13.56 per cent, which was recorded at Proserpine.
Moving forward, Ms Whitney said she had insurance issues to deal with post Cyclone Debbie and she was looking to get back into her small business.
"We want to get back to normality.
"It has been a tough 2017 and let's hope 2018 is kinder to all of us,” she said.
In the long-term, Ms Whitney said she was open to taking on an ambitious community role.
"I'm not sure what's in store next but I love a challenge and I look forward to doing something where I can work with and for my community,” she said.
"It is a beautiful place where I live and more could be done to put us more on the map.”
Ms Whitney has been involved in local government for a long time.
She started her political career as a Whitsunday Shire councillor.
Then rose through the ranks to become Whitsunday Regional Council mayor in 2012 before being defeated by Andrew Willcox in 2016 after one term.