VIDEO: Saunders wants audit to find out what M'boro's lost
LABOR'S new Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders will travel to Brisbane next week for his induction into the parliamentary system.
Despite no government being officially sworn in, Mr Saunders said he was keen to "get down to business".
But Mr Saunders hasn't received the keys to the Maryborough electorate office just yet, with former member Anne Maddern given a week to vacate the office on Lennox St.
Until next Thursday, Mr Saunders and his Labor team will continue to work from their Bazaar St campaign office.
Reopening pathology and restoring Maryborough TAFE were two promises made by Mr Saunders during the election campaign.
"I want to do an audit and find out what services we lost," he said.
He also plans to make Maryborough a transport hub and pledges to work with the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
But he will make his first trip as an elected member to Brisbane next week, attending parliamentary training for three days from Wednesday.
The training is expected to recap the parliamentary procedure and etiquette.
Mr Saunders plans to make the trips to Brisbane travelling economy class on the tilt-train.
"I'm not a flash person- you keep your feet on the ground," he said.
The road to his election hasn't been entirely easy.
Mr Saunders' campaign hit a major hurdle a week out from the election when he was run over by his daughter.
On the Sunday before polling day, Mr Saunders and his team were in Craignish, doorknocking the electorate as they had done for three weeks, to connect with voters.
But as Mr Saunders was getting into his car, his daughter Ashleigh drove off.
"She drove over my ankle and threw me on the ground-dragged me under the car," he laughed.
"They (doctors) wanted to give me and injection but I got pain killers instead."
Despite sleeping with a strapped ankle, Mr Saunders and his 125 volunteers continued walking the streets to talk with voters.
"It was painful- but the end result was why we had to keep going," he said.