Greens candidate for Dawson Imogen Lindenberg at Mackay State High School
Greens candidate for Dawson Imogen Lindenberg at Mackay State High School Zizi Averill

Young Greens candidate sets sights on unseating Christensen

A 21-YEAR old customer service worker is currently the Greens' best hope of unseating long-term Dawson MP George Christensen at the next federal election.

The Greens candidate for Dawson, Imogen Lindenberg, has already set her sights on destabilising the LNP stronghold.

"I genuinely believe that the community deserves a better voice than George. If that means it's me or if it's Belinda (Hassan) it's a positive change that needs to happen for someone to listen to the community."

Despite having the right to vote for only the past three years, Ms Lindenberg is already experienced in campaigning.

In the last state election she stood against Whistundays MP Jason Costigan, gaining 5.72 per cent of first preference votes.

With her eyes now set to federal politics, Ms Lindenberg promises to run a grassroots, community-based campaign.

While visiting Mackay, Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters backed Ms Lindenburg, saying "we're really proud to have a strong young woman putting her hand up to run for the Greens".

"She's giving the Dawson residents a real choice to vote for values that are about fairness," Senator Waters said.

When asked about Mr Christensen, Senator Waters said: "I don't want to speak ill of folk but I think Dawson is ready for a change. They want to have a say as the economy changes. They don't want views that are stuck in the 1950s. They know our world economy is changing and they want to have some input into that."

Ms Lindenberg admits Dawson is "difficult" for the Greens At the 2016 Federal election, they won 5.15 per cent of the vote.