Gordon Rasmussen to stand for seat of Cook
WELL known local farmer Gordon Rasmussen has promised a strong voice for Cook as the centrepiece of his run for the state seat.
In a surprise announcement, Mr Rasmussen announced he was the endorsed candidate for Katter’s Australia Party, to contest the seat held by Billy Gordon.
“I decided to stand because we need a much stronger voice up here representing the people and our region,” Mr Rasmussen told the
“Cook needs urgent, strong representation.
“I could have run for the LNP but I think there’s a better chance of being able to make a difference if I’m in a party that holds the balance of power.”
First on the list of priorities for the fledging candidate, who was born in Mossman and is now 52, is the issue of crocodile management.
“I grew up here; I know how it used to be safe to swim in certain places.
“I believe the crocodiles need to be removed from areas that people frequent such as boat ramps, and lakes in suburban areas and along beaches like Four Mile – except for the Daintree River, where there is, as we know, a wildlife tourism industry and which is a longstanding crocodile habitat.”
Also on his radar are mobile phone black spots – something he’s endured for a long time as a resident of Julatten – the sustainability of the sugar industry, regional jobs and the removal of red tape affecting business, replacement of the McLeod River and Rifle Creek bridges, and feral animals and the need for a new home for Paws and Claws in Port Douglas.
Mr Rasmussen has been awarded the National Medal for Service by the Queensland Rural Fire Service after 25 years of membership, firefighting and holding the position of fire warden in the Julatten district.
The Julatten cattle producer, cane farmer and businessman has represented the Droughtmaster cattle breed internationally, managed the largest feedlot in Malaysia, owned a bulk fuel and oil distribution business, was founder of a sugar harvesting company responsible for harvesting part of the Mareeba cane crop, served on The Mossman Mill Sugar Pricing Committee and is currently on the Mossman Mill Steering Committee.
He was one of the first investors in the Mareeba Industrial Estate in 2005.
Mr Rasmussen has a huge electorate to conquer – the state seat of Cook runs from the Atherton Tablelands to Torres Strait – and plans to begin making forays up the Cape York before long.
He has put in a place a team to run in his cattle and cane holdings during what he believes will be his extensive absences while he gets his new political career under way.
Gordon Rasmussen is standing for KAP because he “wants to make a difference”