Katter meets and greets locals
THE leader of the Australian Party Bob Katter and his entourage arrived in the Douglas region yesterday to catch up with anyone who wanted to talk to him about any issue.
When pressed what he would do for the people of the Douglas region he said that he would be releasing his policies next week and people would see then what he had in mind.
Accompanying him were the Candidate for Cook, Lachlan Bensted, and the Member for Beaudesert, Aiden Mclindon MP.
After a meet-and-greet in Port Douglas, they then headed to Mossman and met up to talk with residents at Pecorino’s Café.
One interested supporter asked Mr Katter if he thought the idea of starting a botanical garden in Mossman had any merit.
Mr Katter immediately seized on this and declared to everyone within earshot that he was indeed a lover of trees “as opposed to a tree-hugger” and said that if he was elected to Government he would immediately give 400 trees to be planted into the garden.
“I love trees, and I reckon botanical gardens are pretty bloody important and if a botanical garden was started here in Mossman I would immediately give 400 trees,” Mr Katter said.
“And if the garden was big enough and the land was available I would make sure another 2000 trees were handed over for planting in the garden.”
Some people who gathered to meet Mr Katter at the café asked him what he had in mind about the former Douglas Shire being returned to the town following the present bid to de-amalgamate from the Cairns Regional Council.
“I am 100 per cent behind communities calling the shots for themselves,” he said.
“To prove that point, at the moment the coal-seam gas holes being sunk in Gladstone and the surrounding region is criminal.
“So far an application for a further 44,000 holes have been sought and if the LNP gets into power this number will treble.
“You cannot walk anywhere up there now without coming across these holes and who knows what potential hazards they will pose with all sorts of materials seeping out and running into our pristine rivers and then out into the oceans.
“Most people do not want this to take place and if I get elected it won’t take place.”
With a sweep of his hand, and donning his large Texan-style hat he got up from his seat at the café and beckoned his followers take a walk with him as he went on another meet-and-greet down the main street of Mossman.
Mr Katter also met Daintree locals at the Cow Bay Hotel for lunch.
G’day: Cherie Williams is happy to meet Bob Katter in Mossman yesterday