There's a movement gathering of disgruntled and politically-interested Far Northerners who want some real representation in our neck of the woods.
Calling itself the 'Voice for the North' under the North Queensland Party, it is starting to gather support.
Local Kwik Kopy business owner Darren Howie, says he's disgusted with the lack of real representation for North Queensland.
"I am totally disgusted and surprised at how lazy people were in voting Labor back in after all the anger in the community," he told CairnsBlog today. "There were so many issues that were were yelling out to hbe heard on. We continue to be treated as the poorer cousin to the South East."
Howie believes that Cairns and the greater north region is let down on basic infrastructure. "Our water and roads are simply left behind everywhere else. Then you look at how the farmers and local fishermen are treated. It's not good enough," he says.
"They've pissed me off enough that I propose we look at forming a North Queensland Party, to have a voice for the real issues of the north."
Howie says that public may be sick of politics after the last State election, but he says now is the time to get it registered. "Let's get the ground work done so when the Government trips over 'we' can pounce," Howie says.
Late last year a FaceBook group FNQ 1st was set up with the view to form a new political group for North Queensland. It has 39 members.
The group's organiser, Bluey Simpson, says that they're sick and tired of politicians selling out the North. "We believe the old major parties continue to let us down in favour of their political bosses in Brisbane," Simpson says. "Our only policy is that a greater proportion of Government money must be spent in North Queensland," he says.
Outspoken Cairns Regional Councillor Rob Pyne has often questioned why local politicians appear to igor locals and local issues instead the follow their Party's interest.
"Let's plant the seed and get the ball rolling," Darren Howie says.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th May in the Catalina Room, RSL Esplanade. You can call Darren on 4051 8197 or 0422 654 053 or email him.