Tanya Wieden revealed as UAP Flynn candidate

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Eilish Massie

With an election looming, a new candidate has put her hand up for the seat of Flynn.

Tanya Wieden, who has been a familiar face at local Covid freedom rallies, is running for the seat of Flynn under the United Australia Party.

Ms Wieden was recently the MC at a pro choice rallyregarding the Covid vaccine in Gladstone’s Lions Park last November.

Ms Wieden joins LNP candidate Colin Boyce and Labor candidate Matt Burnett who are also running for the seat as the incumbent MP Ken O’Dowd retires.

The seat of Flynn has been held by Mr O’Dowd since 2010 and encompasses Gladstone, Central Highlands, Banana and North Burnett council areas.

The division also includes part of the Rockhampton, Bundaberg and South Burnett regions.

While the UAP is yet to formally announce its Federal Election candidates, Ms Wieden announced she would be running on Facebook.

“I am extremely concerned about our country,” she said.

“My fears have led me to this point, where I feel it‘s time to step up.

“We are rapidly losing our most basic human rights and the larger parties no longer stand for the values of everyday Australians.

“Our forefathers spilt blood for our freedom, which is why I’m putting myself forward – for the future of my family and our wonderful country.”

Ms Wieden grew up on a small farm outside of Thangool, with her two brothers and sister.

After finishing Year 12 at Biloela High School, she completed a hairdressing apprenticeship and ‘Trends by Tanya’ was her first business, which she opened at 19.

The mother-of-two moved to Gladstone after the breakdown of her marriage for a fresh start where she began running a successful business for more than a decade.

After selling her business, Tanya ventured into training and assessment for Designer Life Training.

While it was challenging, it was rewarding, supporting long-term unemployed and multicultural groups, teaching employability skills and a range of Cert III qualifications.

In 2018 Tanya commenced a traineeship with Rio Tinto, hoping that this would widen her career and provide job security into the future.

Ms Wieden is still employed by the company but like many Australians, is now facing the uncertainty of vaccination mandates.