Rudd ar­rives with en­tourage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

HIS slo­gan in 2007 was “I’m Kevin from Queens­land, and I’m here to help”.

This week, For­eign Min­is­ter Kevin Rudd is tak­ing a break from lob­by­ing his coun­ter­parts to throw out dic­ta­tors and warn­ing Aussie tourists not to drink the wa­ter in Ja­pan, to help the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try.

And he’s bring­ing 130 of his clos­est friends from the Can­berra diplo­matic corps for a three-course din­ner at Salsa Bar and Grill.

“I think Port Dou­glas is a fan­tas­tic town,” Mr Rudd told the Gazette yes­ter­day.

“I’ve hol­i­dayed in the Far North with Therese and the kids on many oc­ca­sions over the years, and I think it’s a beau­ti­ful part of Queens­land.

“That’s one of the rea­sons I’m bring­ing so many diplo­mats to visit.

“What we’re try­ing to do is get the mes­sage out that this is a fan­tas­tic place to have a hol­i­day.”

Mr Rudd and the high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion will be ac­com­pa­nied by around a dozen in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

While glad of the at­ten­tion, the crew at Salsa would like to be able to show off their flair a bit more.

“The pro­to­col of­fi­cer who ar­ranged the menu was very keen that we show­case lo­cal pro­duce and lo­cal flavours,” Salsa di­rec­tor Rhys Baw­den said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, they have a very tight sched­ule so we’re lim­ited in what we can achieve in that time.

“It’s a fairly sim­ple menu, with a pan-fried bar­ra­mundi and a ma­cadamia nut pi­laf.

“They wanted man­goes, so we’re do­ing a Bowen mango cheesecake with Table­lands straw­ber­ries.”

Mr Rudd said this week’s visit by more than 70 am­bas­sadors and their staff, with associated me­dia, is the first time such a large group of high-level diplo­mats has vis­ited Queens­land.

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