King's successful nomination follows the dumping of former Cairns councillor Paul Freebody, who was embroiled in a nasty email spur, bringing the party into disrepute.
The only other candidate contesting the LNP selection was Kim Anderson who heads the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College.
Barron River LNP candidate, Blazing Saddles owner Michael Trout, congratulated King's selection.
''Now we have a strong team for Far North Queensland. We will listen to local concerns and we will deliver for North Queensland under a Campbell Newman led team,'' Michael Trout said.
Cairns Councillor Rob Pyne says it's a shame that Kim Anderson wasn't selected, saying he is a "bloody good bloke." "Kim's work with the Maritime College and the training opportunities that he created for students at local schools, including Woree High School, is great."
Cairns Mayor Val Schier said Anderson has a lot more experience in business, when comparing him to Gavin King.
Gavin King will battle it out against Labor's Kirsten Lesina, the sitting Division 4 councillor for Cairns, and former policeman Darren Hunt, now representing Katter's Australian Party, formerly The Queensland Party.
King was until recently, the editor at large of the Cairns Post, and comes with formidable name recognition, and an articulate grasp of local issues. King's divisive personality, will not please everyone, but with Labor way behind in the State polls, he will likely pip Labor's Lesina.
With a large swing against the Labor expected at the March State election, it is very likely that Barron River and Cairns will fall to LNP or another strong independent.
Curtis Pitt in Mulgrave holds a massive 14.5% majority over the LNP, whilst Cairns has a narrow and winnable 6.3% margin, infamously and continuously held by Labor for longer than most can remember. Barron River sits on a knife-edge with less than 1%, that Steve Wettenhall secured only from Green preferences at the 2009 election. Wendy Richardson won the primary vote.
Kirsten Lesina is the youngest councillor in the history of the Cairns region, and serves on the Far North Community Jobs Priority committee and the Independent Rates Relief Tribunal. Whilst she is active in many youth issues, to see that younger people are engaged in local government, there has been much criticism that she has not served one term as councillor, when she sought the nomination for the State seat ahead on Labor union official Richie Bates.
Lesina just posted this on her Facebook page: ''I'm going to be heading down to the Reef City Rollergirls RCRG Fresh Meat Day this afternoon. Does anyone have any ideas for a good derby name for me?''
Mince-meat? Just saying.