The first Meet the Candidates forum for Hervey Bay is underway at Aquavue Cafe.
The first Meet the Candidates forum for Hervey Bay is underway at Aquavue Cafe. Blake Antrobus

ROLLING COVERAGE: Meet the candidates forum, have your say

8:00AM: CANDIDATES have given their say on how they would help bring down the cost of living for people in Hervey Bay.

Mr Tantari said the government would ensure there would be an affordable energy plan and households would receive a $50 rebate on their electricity bill.

Mr Sorensen said electricity prices needed to be kept down, saying some businesses in the Bay had experienced cost increases of about 20%.

He said if we went down the path of renewables, solar would not supply the needs of the people during peak demand.

"If we don't build the infrastructure, the price goes through the roof," Mr Sorensen said.

7.50AM: HEALTH services in the region have been addressed, with the candidates giving their thoughts on how they can improve services in the region.

Mr Huxham wants to work with health professionals in the region to ensure they get the necessary services.

Mr Tantari said the new ambulance station along Urraween Rd would help improve services in the region once it is constructed.

Ms Dean said she wants more funding put back into community support groups dealing with addiction to drugs and alcohol to "help them reach their full potential."

7.40AM: CANDIDATES have been asked what they plan to do about the region's unemployment rate.

Mr Huxham has said he wants the decentralisation of more government services out to regional areas like Hervey Bay.

Ms Cameron said she wants to work with the TAFE and apprenticeship systems to bring more employment back, saying she wanted to see the system of jobseeker employment agencies go back to the old way of CES.

7.30AM: CHAMBER of Commerce president Sandra Holebrook has asked candidates what their specific plans for the region are.

Mr Tantari said he would use his experience to ensure the region's roads are built and schools and funding for schools and public hospitals is guaranteed.

Ms Dean said she would ensure there is accountability for all levels of government and said she would bring a progressive outlook for industry.

Mr Sorensen said he wanted to see a rehab centre for drug addicts built in the region.

7.10AM: HERVEY Bay's Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Meet the Candidates forum for Hervey Bay's state hopefuls.

This is the first time Hervey Bay's candidates have formally met on the campaign trail.

The LNP's Ted Sorensen, One Nation's Damian Huxham, Labor's Adrian Tantari, Independent candidate Jannean Dean and the Greens candidate Jenni Cameron are in attendance at Aquavue Cafe.

Candidates are encouraging voters to come down to the forum and have their say.