A strong advocate for the Far North over the past 20 years, he has dedicated much of his free time to marine industry organization’s including a decade as President of the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association and chairman of the Cairns Game Fishing Hall of Fame. Dan has also been a member Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Tourism and Recreational Advisory Committee.
Dan settled in Cairns aged 13 with his parents and three siblings in 1985 after having lived in three different countries where his father served with the Australian Defence Force.
After completing school at St Augustine's college in Cairns, Mr McCarthy started work the following day on the Cairns slipway then worked as a commercial fisherman and a charter boat deckhand. He spent five years working for the Fisheries Department conducting surveillance, enforcement, patrolling rivers, the reef, Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Daniel has spent the last 33 years working in various marine industries in Cairns, on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.
He is a great advocate for North Queenslanders, growing our economy and employment, building prosperity for all and preserving our way of life.
Mr McCarthy recently spent a week in Canberra where he was instrumental in convincing the full cross-bench of 11 senators to support the government over zoning amendments for the Coral Sea for a much better balance of sustainable use and appropriate environmental protections.
My team, with your support and working with the Katters Australian Party have a 10 point plan.
Every item on this list is a priority.
Deliver a competitive, subsidy free market to lower prices and eliminate GST on bills.
Put a STOP to insurance premium price gouging in North Queensland.
Allow judges to use relocation sentencing to deal with youth offenders.
Upgrade Cairns Hospital funding to tertiary status.
Deliver the KAP Safer Waterways Bill to reduce Crocodile numbers.
Dredge the Port of Cairns & amend the Reef 2050 plan for the ports future. Expand HMAS Cairns and increase border protection for defence, immigration, resources and health in the Torres Strait.
Fund infrastructure to relieve congestion by extending the National highway to Smithfield. Seal the 234 kms left of the Peninsula Development Road. Lower the cost of road freight via subsidies and triple road trains to Cape York. Build a bridge over the Jardine River.
Lead the fight for the Nullinga Dam and other new dams to open agricultural land on Cape York.
Secure land titles so indigenous people can establish business and improve their futures.
Restore integrity into science policy and research funding. Address issues of commercial and recreational fishing sectors to restore a better balance and repeal the unnecessary Vegetation Management Act.