Katter party candidate won't stand in M'boro

MARYBOROUGH'S ballot paper looks complete with confirmation Katter's Australia Party won't stand, but a popular candidate is now eyeing a council seat.

Veteran Katter Party candidate and heritage town resident Gordon Dale confirmed he wouldn't stand.

"My funds are drying up," he said.

Mr Dale also attributed his decision not to run to the difficulty of winning the seat, as he believed another candidate would only "further split the vote".

"It would be a very open race," he said.

But he doesn't expect to keep his name off the ballot paper for long.

"I might put my hand up for a council seat, that could be good," he said.

"If I was going to run I'd run for division four (Maryborough CBD)."

The next council election is expected to be around March 2016.

Despite not running at the next election, Mr Dale criticised sitting member Anne Maddern.

"I think she might have gone into sleep mode," he said.

Ms Maddern spent yesterday with local people who had a disability, and a spokeswoman said the MP and her government had achieved a great deal for Maryborough.

"Those who know how hard she works over very long hours are in fact concerned at her consistent lack of sleep rather than this uninformed and wild claim she is in sleep mode," she said.

The country candidate suggested a candidate who stood in Hervey Bay might get Katter backing.

"I spoke to the party about Hervey Bay and they may put up someone," he said.