A DESCENDENT of a long line of Bli Bli cane farmers, former campaign director for London Mayor Boris Johnson and Campbell Newman's successful 2012 election, and now a "mozzie in the ear".
Nambour-based Senator James McGrath has earned his stripes as a political insider but he may now hold the key to the future of not only this region, but the rest of the state, after he was elevated to the role of an Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister.
The self-confessed tinkerer, who can be found pottering around his Flaxton garden in his downtime, Sen McGrath spoke of his pride at being offered the chance to work closely with new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after being sworn in on Monday.
"It's a special day and I'm only here because of the LNP and I owe them and the voters of Queensland a big thanks," Sen McGrath said.
Sen McGrath said he was firmly focused on the goal of reinvigorating the nation's economy and said the restructuring of the new ministry showed the emphasis was firmly on the business portfolios.
"I'll be a mozzie in his (Turnbull's) ear, so to speak, for the concerns of Queenslanders," Sen McGrath said.
He said he felt the Sunshine Coast was positioning itself well to become one of the leading lights as the nation looked to ways of diversifying the economy.
"I think the Sunshine Coast is very well positioned to market itself and promote itself as one of the innovation hubs of Australia," Sen McGrath said late Monday.
"The Coast is on the cusp of possibly doing something quite special."
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