20 September, 2020
LNP launch Nipper
LNP Party faithful came together on Tuesday, September 15 at the Mareeba sales yards for the official launch of Edward ‘Nipper’ Browns LNP campaign of the seat of Cook.
LNP Party faithful came together on Tuesday, September 15 at the Mareeba sales yards for the official launch of Edward ‘Nipper’ Browns LNP campaign for the seat of Cook in the upcoming state election.
In attendance was Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch, Queensland Senator Susan McDonald, former Member for Cook David Kempton and former Mareeba Mayor Tom Gilmore.
Nipper said that even though he had worked as a Mareeba Shire Councillor for two terms he acknowledged that council was very different to the cut and thrust of State Parliament but the need to influence decisions for the community's benefit was still the same.
"I've never been one to shy away from doing what's right for Mareeba and I know I can do the same for the electorate of Cook," he said.
"I've travelled all through Cape York, I know what we need and I know how to fight for it.
"It's crucial that for regional Queensland to regain relevance at State level, we need to change the government and to do that, I will work extremely hard to win voters' trust before the October 31 election."
Nipper said his council experience had primed him to be across all the issues across the Cook electorate.
"Mareeba is a business and farming hub that is the gateway to the Cape, you then have tourism and environmental issues in Port Douglas and Mossman, plus the needs of indigenous communities further north," he said.
"I have experience dealing with all these subjects, speaking to people from all backgrounds and I have no qualms about dealing with Ministers in Brisbane.
"I share people's disappointment at the neglect Cook has suffered under Labor and our ineffective Labor Member.
Nipper said one of his first acts should he be elected would be to reopen an electorate office in Mareeba.
"Many people were upset when our Labor Member chose to base her office in Cairns and that's something I will change if I'm successful," he said.
“I will use my own money to open an office within two weeks back in Mareeba if I’m elected.”
Senator Susan McDonald said the people of Cook had a golden opportunity to elect a tried and true champion of the Far North.
"Nipper wears his heart on his sleeve, he's a family man, a community servant and his knowledge of public office and getting things done would be invaluable for everyone in Cook," she said.
"The next term of Government is four years, and people have to ask if they can afford another four years of Labor.
"We've got the lowest business confidence, we're billions behind in regional roads spending and Queensland is the only state in Australia not to hand down a Budget this year
"To change Queensland's fortunes, we need to change the Government, and to do that, we need to elect people like Nipper."