SAVIOUR: Some Coast commerce pundits credit the strong tourism industry with helping the Coast avoid some of the struggles of other regions.
SAVIOUR: Some Coast commerce pundits credit the strong tourism industry with helping the Coast avoid some of the struggles of other regions. John McCutcheon

Coast misses Longman hit as business leader calls for calm

THEY held comfortably in Fisher and Fairfax but to the south of the Sunshine Coast we've seen a significant swing against the Coalition which looks like unseating Longman MP Wyatt Roy.

Strong numbers for Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party who ran split tickets in Longman look to have helped propel Susan Lamb to a narrow victory.

A number of regional seats turned against the Coalition this election, an indication that there was strong voter discontent.

On the Coast, there were calls for calm from Sunshine Coast Business Council chairwoman Sandy Zubrinich.

She said the group had been disappointed at the preparedness of some voters to support minority groups who "didn't ever have to deliver anything".

Has Longman sent a message to the LNP this election?

This poll ended on 14 July 2016.

Current Results

Yes.

48%

No.

14%

Maybe it's not the party, it's the candidate.

37%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

She said the two major parties were important to the system and the only two with experience in running the nation.

Given the international uncertainty, Ms Zubrinich felt it had been a knee-jerk reaction by those in other regions to move away from the incumbent government.

Sunshine Coast Chambers of Commerce Alliance president Michael Shadforth said he thought the Coast had almost been counter-cyclical to other major regions.

"We're not seeing the strains that other people are seeing," he said.

Mr Shadforth said a growing construction industry and good weather had boosted the building and tourism industries in the region, possibly reducing the number of voters in the region unhappy with the Coalition.

He noted the manufacturing downturn and mining decline were "killing" other regional towns, but luckily, not the Coast.

He felt the result might have ensured minor parties were here to stay in future and that the Government had to adjust accordingly.

"They have to learn to deal with the minor parties," he said.