State KAP leader and Member for Traeger Robbie Katter has returned to his roots with the official opening of his Charters Towers electorate office on Monday.
Mr Katter was forced to close his second office in Cloncurry and relocate it to Charters Towers earlier this year following drastic electoral boundary changes that came in to force after the 2017 Queensland Election.
Upon winning the new seat of Traeger, the MP was tasked with representing an area of 490,048km2 that is home to two major population centres – Mount Isa (population of 32, 588*) and Charters Towers (11,876*).
The KAP leader said the boundary changes presented new challenges that have forced him to re-assess the way he approaches his work.
“My electorate has always been geographically huge but having Charters Towers absorbed into it has been a big change,” Mr Katter said.
“The former Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth (KAP), was very dedicated in his representation of this area for many years and I want to ensure I continue on with a lot of his good work.
“I am from Charters Towers originally and spent 19 years of my life here when I was a kid – to say I feel honoured to be the elected State Member for my hometown would be an understatement.”
Mr Katter said no issue was too big or too small for him and his team, and he urged anyone who required assistance to get in touch.
“We have been establishing our office in Charters Towers over the last couple of months and it is great that we are finally, officially up-and-running now,” he said.
“I am now committing to delivering results for the Towers, and in particular am focusing on the local hospital and the need for better services there and the Big Rocks Weir project at present.”
Mr Katter remains based in Mount Isa, where he lives with his wife Daisy and two dogs.
As a newly-licensed pilot, the MP has begun flying himself around his massive electorate (which is 3.5 times the size of England).
Mr Katter’s original electorate office remains in Mount Isa, and is located at 74 Camooweal Street.
His Charters Towers electorate office is located at Shop 2, Stock Exchange Arcade, Mosman Street, Charters Towers.
It is open from 9am – 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and the number is 07 4787 2139.
* Figures are according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016).