The relentless ‘accidental activist’ who campaigned to bring a family of Tamil asylum seekers back to central Queensland will represent Labor in a state by-election.
Bronwyn Dendle, co-founder of the successful Home To Bilo campaign, will represent the ALP at Callide headquarters in Queensland after incumbent MP Colin Boyce moved to Federal Parliament.
Fresh off the successful crusade to free the Murugappan family of four, Ms Dendle told AAP it was time to embark on a new campaign.
Voters from the seat that covers North Burnett, Western Downs and Banana Shire head to the voting booths on June 18.
Callide includes agricultural areas, coal mines, and one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the state.
We have just received a phone call from Acting Home Secretary Jim Chalmers with the very good news that our Nadesalingam family friends will finally return to Biloela.
— HometoBilo (@HometoBilo) May 27, 2022
The Biloela Local and her husband Matt have five children and she currently works for CQ Rural Health, calling herself the “Accidental Activist”.
She has worked in the health, mental health, disability and community sectors in central Queensland.
According to her official biography, Ms Dendle has degrees in social work, economics and political science and sits on the board of several rural community organizations.
“Bronwyn has proven she has what it takes to defend Central Queensland and that is what she will bring as a strong voice in Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government,” the website reads. ‘ALP.
Ms Dendle is well known to the Central Queensland community as one of the driving forces in bringing the Murugappan family back to Biloela.
The city is bracing for the return of Nadesalingam and Priya Murugappan and their Australian-born daughters Kopika, 6, and Tharunicaa, 4, after Home Secretary Jim Chalmers released the family from detention. immigrants in Perth.
The family won the hearts of Australians after they were abducted from their Biloela home in March 2018 and placed in immigration detention, sparking a campaign by townspeople to get them back that lasted more than 1,500 days.
Although Ms Dendle has not been officially announced by the ALP, details of her candidate have appeared on the websites of the ALP and the Electoral Commission.
Callide’s by-election was called after Boyce successfully ran for the federal seat in Flynn.
Liberal National Party candidate Bryson Head kicked off his campaign this week, campaigning to improve health care.
Katter’s Australian party selected Biloela coal miner Adam Burling, who came third as an independent in the 2020 state election.
One Nation’s Sharon Lohse is also expected to run for the seat.
Callide covers a large agricultural area, at least four major coal mines, a number of coal gas projects and the Callide coal-fired power plant.
The LNP holds the seat with a 15.8 percent margin.