Kat­ter meets and greets lo­cals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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

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