Labor leader Bill Shorten.
Labor leader Bill Shorten. Vicki Wood

Bill Shorten in Rockhampton: Where and when you can see him

TODAY may bring a sense of deja vu for Rockhampton residents, with opposition leader Bill Shorten hitting the beef capital for a town hall-style community forum. 

They may have lost the election, but the Labor leader isn't taking a back seat when it comes to one of the most marginal electorate's in Australia and will hold a community forum from 5.30pm at the Frenchville Sports Club. 

Former Labor candidate for Capricornia Leisa Neaton said it would be up to the community to drive debate, with Mr Shorten expected to take questions from the audience on a range of topics.

While there's no set agenda for the forum, Ms Neaton expected employment and cost of living to be the most popular topics among the audience.

She cited youth unemployment of over 14% and a growing number of businesses shutting up shop in the region as some of the highest priority concerns.

"We've got people who are desperate to retrain, we've got people who are 50 years old who are looking to gain new employment opportunities and they're struggling to get back into the employment market or gain jobs," Ms Neaton said.

"When you're seeing local businesses that have been in Rockhampton for many years closing their doors, we know that's a concern.

"When business owners are struggling, the families are struggling to make ends meet."

What do you want to talk to Bill Shorten about?

This poll ended on 22 August 2016.

Current Results

Jobs

33%

The economy

14%

Coal mining taxes

0%

Shoalwater Bay

4%

HMAS Tobruk

14%

Bruce Highway upgrade

9%

Healthcare needs

14%

Better education

9%

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

Ms Neaton said many people were also concerned about the casualisation of work, with those working less than full time struggling to secure loans, tenancy agreements and mortgages.

The transition from mining to renewable energy was a big topic during the election campaign and Ms Neaton expects it will be discussed tomorrow.

She said the government needed to look at addressing issues of employment now, as well as planning for a renewable future.

"We know this is going to be part of the energy solution in the future and it's up to this government to position us, in Central Queensland, as well as the rest of Australia so we can have renewable energy, affordable power solutions and we can maximise the job opportunities that come out of renewables," Ms Neaton said.