A former Queensland council official who wants to see more federal government funding for remote Indigenous housing will take second place on the senate ticket for Katter's Australian Party.
The minority party's leader Bob Katter on Tuesday announced former Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council chief executive and his "very famous" friend Greg Wallace would stand.
Mr Wallace said Indigenous communities in the state were going backwards after the federal government failed to renew a remote housing funding agreement.
He says a decline in local jobs in Cape York communities and the fade of the cattle industry there needs to be restored, along with greater certainty for households around title deeds.
"We've got a lot of work to do," he said.
"It's not just the Cape, but I'm looking at the west as well, the rural communities, they're slowly dying, we want to regenerate these communities."
Mr Katter said things are looking up for his party after polling showed support for Pauline Hanson's One Nation dipped to it lowest point since 2016.
"That strengthens obviously the position of parties like ourselves," he said.
Along with holding onto his seat of Kennedy, Mr Katter says the party is also eyeing the lower house seats of Dawson, Leichhardt and Herbert.
As for his own political career, the 73-year-old says he has no plans to leave politics anytime soon.
"I'll probably go another 12 years," he said.
Australian Associated Press