Gor­don Ras­mussen to stand for seat of Cook

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Gor­don Ras­mussen is stand­ing for KAP be­cause he “wants to make a dif­fer­ence”

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