Katter Party candidate stands for ag
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.