August 4, 2020
Toowoomba agribusiness consultant Cynthia Hardy has been elected acting president of the Liberal National Party (LNP), the first woman to hold the position since the party was formed in 2008.
She overcame two strong opponents to snare the role, former LNP president Gary Spence and long-time party member and former LNP Federal candidate Bill Glasson AO.
Dr Glasson, an opthalmologist and former president of the AMA, was well-known to South Burnett residents when he operated a fly-in clinic in Kingaroy.
Mrs Hardy was formerly general manager of grain handling equipment manufacturer Benmic Industries, which she ran with her husband Ben.
She also served as South-West Queensland Regional Policy Council representative for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and held other senior CCIQ positions.
Her career within the LNP includes chairing the party’s south-west region, and the Toowoomba South branch.
She has served as LNP vice-president for more than a year and will now guide the party in the lead-up to the October 31 State election.
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