Zanow clinches Bourne in upset

Labor's Ipswich West candidate Wendy Bourne campaigning hard at Ipswich State High School on Saturday. Pictures: Byron Peszko

In a surprise by-election result, Liberal National Party’s Darren Zanow has upset Labor’s Wendy Bourne to clinch the seat of Ipswich West.

In Labor heartland, Mr Zanow claimed 39.59 per cent of the votes, ahead of Ms Bourne on 35.14 per cent at the time of writing. With more than 77 per cent of votes counted, Mr Zanow and Opposition Leader David Crisafulli spoke to the media on Sunday.

“I’d like to say thank you to the people of Ipswich West for putting their faith in me,” Mr Zanow said.

“Ipswich West priorities are our priorities. We need to move forward and prove to every Queenslander that we’re going to make change.

“I’d like to see every Queenslander take the lead from Ipswich West, moving forward now to the October election,” he said.

David Crisafulli said the overwhelming message was that people don’t trust the government to fix major issues including youth crime and the cost of living.

“We are focused on delivering change. The task ahead remains a massive one for us and we will not be losing sight on challenges facing everyday Queenslanders,” he said.”

Campaigning on election day at Ipswich High State School, Ms Bourne said it had been a strong campaign by her team.

“We’ve been doing door knocking and phone calling, it’s all been about cost of living, you know, people are struggling,” Ms Bourne said.

The Legalise Cannabis Queensland Party’s Melody Lindsay was third with 14.52 per cent and One Nation’s Mark Bone fourth on 10.75 per cent.