ELECTION DEBATES: How to watch live tonight

Dear readers

As we prepare to cast our votes for the people we want to lead us through the COVID-19 economic recovery and for the longest term in the state's history, the Chronicle is tonight bringing you two local debates.

These debates will be live on the Chronicle site. Simply visit www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au and click on the election debate story which will dominate our home page from 6pm. The Maryborough debate begins at 6.30pm and the Hervey Bay debate at 7.30pm.

The Chronicle and Courier-Mail will partner with Sky News and News Queensland's extensive network of regional titles to deliver the most comprehensive election coverage across the state - starting today with debates in Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

The election comes amid a COVID-induced recession, with issues like jobs, infrastructure and community safety expected to be at the top of the agenda across the state.

Readers are invited to submit the questions they want to see tackled. If they don't make it in to tonight's debates, we are committed to ensuring they are asked of our candidates during our election series which will run from tomorrow until decision day on October 31.

Here's some of the most-read local stories on the state election so far.

Youth unemployment big issue ahead of state election

YOUTH unemployment in Wide Bay sits at a high 19.8 per cent.

As we get closer to the state election, we ask how will Maryborough election candidates tackle this big issue?

Treasurer's questions cut deep ahead of election

TREASURER Cameron Dick has called on Deb Frecklington to outline what cuts she will make in the Wide Bay region, to pay for the LNP's $23 billion in unfunded promises.

Controversial party's big interest in heritage city

AS the Queensland state election draws closer, Maryborough has been visited by One Nation founder Pauline Hanson and visited by Queensland Senator Malcolm Roberts twice.

REVEALED: Bold plan for new state high school

A BOLD plan to have a new state high school built in Hervey Bay has been hatched.

PONTOON PITCH: Candidate floats new beach tourist attraction

IT'S a grand plan to draw tourists to the area and get Hervey Bay locals out enjoying the water.

Why Bay tourism decisions shouldn't be made in Brisbane

THE future of tourism in Hervey Bay should be in the hands of those living in the city, not decision-makers in Brisbane.

That is the view of Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli, who was visiting Hervey Bay to discuss tourism alongside the LNP candidate for the upcoming state election, Steve Coleman.

Former councillor makes decision on election run

FORMER Fraser Coast councillor ruled out a run for the state seat of Hervey Bay in the upcoming election.