Sharon Lohse is the endorsed Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate for Flynn.
Sharon is a third generation Queensland primary producer in dairy, timber and beef cattle industries. Her families had established their businesses on properties in the districts of Moura, Many Peaks, Calliope and the Burnett. Sharon and her husband Robert are now solely beef cattle producers in the district of Biggenden and the Western Downs.
After completing high school, Sharon worked for QLD Health in the school dental service and later in the banking sector. She married grazier and contractor Robert Lohse and conducted a partnership in breeding and finishing beef cattle, together with a contracting business covering fencing and yard building. She taught her three children through School of Distance Education for fifteen years being involved as a member of the P&C and Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association.
In 2002 Sharon founded a local Landcare Group and was the project manager for Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funded projects on ground works for landholders in pasture and water quality projects. Sharon has held several key roles in this organization since its inception.
Sharon also held a position on the Board of Property Rights Australia (PRA). The erosion of private property rights is one of the most dangerous issues facing the rural community. Sharon says:
“The erosion of property rights creates uncertainty, stifles investment, stifles job creation and threatens incomes and service delivery. PRA was established in response to numerous demands from landholders, business operators, community leaders and workers to give them a voice against this destructive issue.”
Sharon instigated the creation of landholder groups to fight unjust land acquisitions by the Sate Government. For twelve years she has battled with consecutive Governments over a Grazing Lease acquisition by QLD Parks and Wildlife of their generational family grazing property and is still ongoing.
Sharon’s three adult children all work in the Primary Industries, and hope to continue to do so, despite the red and green tape imposed by Government that stifles growth and production across all aspects of primary production. Sharon hopes to play a part in a Government that allows her children and their children to stay on the land.
Also a sole carer for her father, Sharon has experienced and understands the hardship that a lack of health services and aged care in rural communities cause in families trying to maintain family structure and connectivity in the bush.
As drought impacted on their property, Sharon took up full time off-farm work. Firstly as Livestock Administrator for a 25,000 head feedlot near Chinchilla, then later and to date facilitating accounts and administration for a Livestock and General Freight firm in a small rural town.
Sharon has never been one to sit back and let politicians off the hook. She contested the seat of Callide in the 2017 Queensland State Election, in which she won just under 44% of the vote after preferences.
Through her experiences of raising a family, educating a family, owning a business in rural QLD and having a connection to the land her entire life Sharon believes she has what it takes to be a representative of the people of Flynn from Gayndah to Rolleston, Emerald and further.
Sharon is standing for Parliament for the sake of the future of her children and generations to come.
“If we want to get this country back on track, One Nation is the only choice. We’ve got the guts to say what you’re thinking and fight the issues that the big parties are too scared to.”