Candidate for Karama
I’ve put my hand up to run for the Country Liberal Party in the seat of Karama.
I wanted let you know a little about why I am doing this. Most importantly I want you to know that I see my duty is to be your voice as your local Member in the NT Parliament, should I be elected.
The primary focus will be to achieve good community outcomes for our local area.
The start of 2020 has been a stressful time, many in our community have lost their jobs or have had to close their businesses. Parents and children are still coming to terms with how to continue their education in these new circumstances, particularly with the lack of clarity surrounding the issue. Our hearts also reach out to our
pensioners, retirees and those less fortunate still struggling to secure basic living supplies.
I am a passionate Territorian who has lived in Darwin for over 27 years. During that time I’ve seen the Territory’s prosperity rise with good economic management from our governments and fall when it has been poor. With the NT economy in a very poor position before the onset of COVID 19, now it is even more important that we get
the economic and social conditions right. This is particularly important to me, as it affects us all.
For the last five years I have been the Deputy CEO of the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and a strong champion for our local Small to Medium Business sector. I am on the record as calling them the ‘Heart and Soul’ of our economy. These businesses, many of them family owned, employ Territorians. I am a strong
supporter of buying local. Just think of all the small business operators in Karama and Malak and look at the
number of local people they employ - these businesses need our support.
As I reach out into the community, whether it be on-line, by phone, or social media, local residents raise with me the out of control rates of crime and lack of community safety. The CLP believe that everyone has a right to feel safe in their homes and out in the community. This will be one of our highest priorities should we be
My greatest achievement is my family. My wife Marylou, a Primary School teacher and I have been married 30 years and we are the proud parents of two outstanding young adults. Fergus, 24, who will be a fully qualified Paramedic in June is working with Ambulance Victoria in Melbourne. Our daughter Nadia, who we adopted from
Fiji at seven months, is completing her university degree in Criminology, Law and Justice and is looking to pursue a career with the NT Police. We have been blessed even further with our wonderful first grandchild, Arlo who is 17 months and a constant joy to us both.
Over the next few months you will see me walking the neighbourhood and listening to residents’ concerns and
any ideas they may have. At all times I will be maintaining a socially responsible distance.