Kat­ter Party can­di­date stands for ag

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

ROBBIE Radel isn’t wor­ried about how large the Cal­lide elec­torate is now af­ter the gov­ern­ment’s re­dis­tri­bu­tion of elec­toral bound­aries in May.

Mr Radel is stand­ing for Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party in the seat of Cal­lide at the next state elec­tion.

“I an­nounced I was run­ning in March and since then I have clocked up 35,000kms,” Mr Radel said.

Based in Biggen­den, he said the Cal­lide elec­torate was a big elec­torate no mat­ter where you lived.

“It is a huge elec­torate but to­gether with the KAP team, I am com­mit­ted to spend­ing equal time in each of the ma­jor cen­tres on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” he said.

“My fo­cus will be on get­ting a better and more eq­ui­table deal for all of Cal­lide; not just fo­cus­ing on a small sec­tion.”

The ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s mind is where will the Cal­lide of­fice be as the sit­ting Cal­lide MP Jeff Seeney’s is in Biloela. While it will de­pend on who is elected and where they de­cide, Mr Radel said he was no stranger to Bile­ola.

“Biloela is cer­tainly not a place that is for­eign to me,” he said.

A fourth-gen­er­a­tion dairy farmer, Mr Radel said KAP was a per­fect fit for him.

“KAP have a very strong record when it comes to sus­tain­ing min­ing records,” he said. “We are an agriculture-based party so we are go­ing to do the best we can for ru­ral and re­gional Queens­land.”

Mr Radel said his ma­jor fo­cus would be the Mun­dub­bera and Boyne River bridges.

“And the Daw­son bridges

need some work,” he said. “Cen­tral Queens­land have the pro­duce. We can grow it, we can pro­duce it, but what is the point if we can’t get it 150km up the road.”

Mr Radel also dis­cussed Cal­liope’s cry for a high school and said wa­ter was another is­sue as well.

“Also like to look at wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture, the last dam was built 20 years ago,” he said.

“A 26km long pipe­line from Par­adise Dam. Wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture is a better in­vest­ment than putting yet another tun­nel in Bris­bane.”

Keep­ing work lo­cal was also an is­sue Mr Radel said he would look into.

“One of the other main things I will be push­ing for is how well aware I am of how Road­tek can af­fect small busi­nesses. Coun­cils don’t even get to ten­der for the con­tracts,” he said.

“We can do the ex­act same work for two thirds of the price. And it keeps work lo­cal, keeps jobs in the town. It has so many eco­nomic ben­e­fits.”

Out and about at Moura Coal and Coun­try Fes­ti­val last week­end, Mr Radel said the re­sponse to his de­ci­sion to run at the elec­tion had been re­ally pos­i­tive so far.

“The feel­ing I get in all the places I have been is peo­ple are sick of the ma­jor par­ties, the flip-flop,” he said.

“Sick of be­ing un­rep­re­sented and for­got­ten.”

Mr Radel be­lieves KAP will be able to bring to the ta­ble what the Cal­lide elec­torate needs.

“I looked through what KAP has de­liv­ered and they de­liver things that make a dif­fer­ence, things the com­mu­nity needs,” he said.

“I be­lieve this elec­tion will be a real shake-up and a vote for KAP is a well-es­tab­lished and cred­i­ble vote.”


ON THE HUSTINGS: Robbie Radel has been busy get­ting about the Cal­lide elec­torate.

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