A QUEENSLAND town is in the full glare of the election spotlight as both leaders rush there to offer their support after few properties flood.
Premier Anna Bligh and Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman will meet locals in Charleville today, where flood waters peaked yesterday well below forecasts.
Bradleys Gully, in the southwest Queensland town, reached a peak of 2.1 metres, well shy of the predicted 2.9m.
Murweh Mayor Mark O'Brien said forecasters had given locals plenty of warning and the flood event could have been much worse.
Just over a year ago, Mr Newman, then lord mayor of Brisbane, and Ms Bligh were working side by side as Brisbane and Ipswich flooded.
Both will be hoping their Charleville visits will remind voters of their leadership during the 2011 crisis.
Karen McLennan, who had about half a metre of water through her auto repair shop, said that if the leaders were serious about helping they would fix the cause of the town's ongoing flood woes.
"I don't know what other people think but its a non-event to me," she said of the leaders' visits.
"It doesn't make any difference to me, nothing changes. We're still in the same boat every time.
"They could finish the job properly they were supposed to do, which was build a levee bank and divert the gully."
Ms Bligh was due to address the media after attending a disaster management group meeting.
Mr Newman will tour the town with sitting Warrego LNP member Howard Hobbs.
A spokeswoman for the premier said the Labor government had already promised to build a diversion for Bradleys Gully.
The government set aside more than $14 million for the project in September.
"The diversion is being built and they are halfway through the project," the spokeswoman said.
The project is expected to be completed before the next wet season.