Jim Turnour & War­ren Entsch

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Jim Turnour

I MOVED to the re­gion in 2003 and have spent most of my life work­ing in agri­cul­ture. Prior to be­ing elected, I was work­ing for the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries as the man­ager of Op­er­a­tion Farm Clear clean­ing up farms dam­aged by Cy­clone Larry.

What I re­ally en­joy about pol­i­tics is you can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives, whether it is help­ing some­one cut through bu­reau­cracy or see­ing the ben­e­fits of our school build­ing pro­gram, it is very re­ward­ing.

The down­side is you work very long hours in pol­i­tics, which I don’t mind ex­cept that at times I miss out on fam­ily events.

There are lighter mo­ments dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign. I think it’s pretty funny when driv­ing down the road with my three-year-old in the back that she keeps yelling out “Daddy” and point­ing ev­ery time she sees one of my signs.

To re­lax I gen­er­ally go to the beach for a walk and if it’s not too cold for a swim be­cause the view and the sound of wa­ter is re­lax­ing.

My favourite sport­ing team is the Bris­bane Lions.

I started watch­ing Aussie Rules as a kid be­cause my dad was a Vic­to­rian orig­i­nally and I have al­ways en­joyed watch­ing AFL even though I played more union and league as a young bloke.

My hid­den tal­ent would prob­a­bly be I am pretty good at fix­ing things, I get it from my dad.

When­ever I visit the Dou­glas re­gion I al­ways like to call into Good­ies Cafe in Moss­man for a juice or lunch be­cause they have de­li­cious gluten-free food.

Nel­son Man­dela is some­one I re­ally ad­mire. His au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Long Walk to Free­dom in­spired and amazed me be­cause he spent such a long time in jail and came out not bit­ter but re­ally fo­cussed on cre­at­ing a strong nation in South Africa.

Tak­ing the pol­i­tics out of it, War­ren is en­ter­tain­ing at times, he has some good one-lin­ers.

I haven’t thought about what I might do if I don’t win the elec­tion, I ex­pect to be work­ing hard for the peo­ple of Le­ich­hardt.

War­ren Entsch

I was born in Babinda and am a proud Far North Queens­land lo­cal, born and bred.

I started out as a toi­let cleaner in the Ma­reeba rail­way sta­tion then joined the Air Force and trained as an air­craft en­gine fit­ter. I then went on to be a real es­tate agent in Cairns, then a crocodile farmer and Cape York gra­zier, from which I en­tered into pol­i­tics.

The part I en­joy most about be­ing a politician is help­ing peo­ple ac­cess the bu­reau­cracy to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their lives.

What I don’t like is de­struc­tive party pol­i­tics. I’m not one to get caught up in it, I just like to get on with the job. I can’t stand in­di­vid­u­als who are more fo­cussed on the well-be­ing of their party rather than the well­be­ing of the peo­ple they rep­re­sent.

There have been many funny mo­ments as a politician, but one to share was when I as­sisted to ar­range the NOCOG (Not the Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the Olympic Games) to take the mickey out of SOCOG, who were the in­ef­fec­tive or­gan­is­ers of the Syd­ney Olympics.

I ar­rived with the Mex­i­can Am­bas­sador who was the hon­orary am­bas­sador for the event (also a good friend of mine) for the black tie, no shoe ball as a fundraiser for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

The event at the Cook­town RSL Club was a huge suc­cess even though the Am­bas­sador’s spe­cial te­quila proved a bit too much for some.

My favourite sports team was the Cow­boys but is now The North­ern Pride. I am very parochial.

To re­lax I like to spend time on my farm pulling weeds and hang­ing out with my birds and other an­i­mals. For ob­vi­ous rea­sons an­i­mals are loyal and al­ways good com­pany.

My favourite place to visit when I visit the Dou­glas re­gion is Coop­ers Creek be­cause of the beauty and tran­quil­lity.

My best hid­den tal­ent is I’m a half handy cook, as long as it’s not too fancy.

In re­gards to Jim, for those who know him well I am sure he has en­dear­ing qual­i­ties, but he’s not the sort of bloke I would in­vite around to my home for or a bar­be­cue.

Some­one I re­ally ad­mire is Young Aus­tralian of the Year Tanya Ma­jor just look at where she came from and where she is to­day - she’s a leg­end, a true in­spi­ra­tion.

If I don’t win the elec­tion I’ll go back to giv­ing more time to not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Aus­tralian Rain­for­est Foun­da­tion (ARF) the Dr Ed­ward Koch Foun­da­tion and the Har­ald’s House Com­mit­tee. I would also go back to spend­ing more time on my farm pulling weeds and hang­ing out with my an­i­mals.

Spar­ring part­ners: po­lit­i­cal ri­vals War­ren, left, and Jim

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