PM Malcolm Turnbull to touch down for rare Coast visit
IN WHAT'S believed to be a first for the southern Sunshine Coast, a sitting Prime Minister is set to come and sink a schooner or two with the locals in Caloundra.
PM Malcolm Turnbull is headed our way this week, touching down for a politics in the pub session in Caloundra on Thursday night, before a fleeting Bruce Hwy upgrade update visit on Friday morning.
Fisher MP Andrew Wallace said he was awaiting final confirmation of the venue, but was delighted to be hosting the PM, having worked for some time to secure a visit.
"I'm very excited," Mr Wallace said.
"I've been trying to get the PM up here since September last year."
He said first and foremost the visit was about giving Mr Turnbull the opportunity to see the region, "get a feel for the place" and meet some of the region's residents.
Mr Wallace said invites had gone out to his office's mailing list and it was not an LNP-exclusive event.
"I want them to know what a personable fella he is," Mr Wallace said.
He thought the crowd would be impressed with Mr Turnbull's communication skills and intellect, and he was hopeful after his address Mr Turnbull would take plenty of questions from the floor.
Mr Wallace said he wanted a large venue, hopeful of a strong crowd coming to meet the nation's leader.
As the ninth-largest city in the country it was "only right and proper to see him here".
"I don't think there's ever been a PM to Caloundra," Mr Wallace said.
He said he and fellow Coast MP Ted O'Brien (Fairfax) had been working hard to raise the profile of the region since their election.
With same-sex marriage debate raging around the country, Mr Wallace was confident any attendees would not cause any fireworks, believing locals were too respectful of the debate for there to be any issues.
"I think Sunshine Coast people are too smart for that," he said.