KAP can­di­date seeks co-op­er­a­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

A DESCENDENT of the Birri and Widi tribes, di­rec­tor of the Bir­riah Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion and an ad­vo­cate for youth in de­ten­tion, Ash­ley Dodd will rep­re­sent Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party in the race for Daw­son.

If elected, the can­di­date said he would seek to cre­ate a Daw­son Com­mu­nity Co­op­er­a­tive Cor­po­ra­tion.

Mr Dodd used a farm­ers’ elec­tric­ity co-op­er­a­tive as an ex­am­ple, say­ing it would make com­modi­ties cheaper.

“The thing is that the peo­ple who be­come mem­bers of the elec­tric­ity co-op­er­a­tive will re­ceive their elec­tric­ity at cost price in­stead of go­ing through a re­tail elec­tric­ity group who will charge ex­tra to make their prof­its,” he said.

“What we’re say­ing is that it will cre­ate em­ploy­ment; peo­ple will have to do the billing, we would need elec­tric­ity bro­kers, peo­ple who have to go out and sell the prod­uct it­self.

“It’s a way to work within the free-mar­ket sys­tem, but the own­er­ship re­mains in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

The can­di­date also high­lighted Bendigo Bank as a work­ing ex­am­ple.

With yet more con­tro­versy around the pro­posed Ab­bot Point ex­pan­sion, Mr Dodd said there were bet­ter op­tions on the ta­ble.

“We run the Collinsville (rail) line, link it into the Mount Isa line, the Mount Isa line then links into the Ghan, and then the Ghan runs straight to the Dar­win port,” he said.

“Pre-ex­ist­ing com­modi­ties that are out there, in­clud­ing gold, we run them through that in­land rail and up to the Dar­win port.

“That negates any ship­ping go­ing to Ab­bot Point.”

Aside from re­duc­ing ship­ping in close prox­im­ity to the Great Bar­rier Reef, Mr Dodd said this would open up land west of Mount Isa for de­vel­op­ment and re­duce the eco­nomic costs on lo­cal pro­duc­ers and cor­po­ra­tions.

Mr Dodd also has ideas for Air­lie Beach in par­tic­u­lar, say­ing: “You don’t want it to be­come an­other By­ron Bay.”

“(I will) look se­ri­ously at putting a cap on de­vel­op­ment, even with height reg­u­la­tions, to pre­serve the area,” he said.

The Lions Air­lie Beach Mar­kets are also on Mr Dodd’s agenda.

“Don’t go shift­ing them off (the beach front). Those mar­kets be­ing where they are, that’s the fa­mous thing.”

STAND­ING: Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party can­di­date Ash­ley Dodd.

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