Why I'm standing for Charlestown

I would like to inform the residents and staff of Lake Macquarie City Council that I intend to represent the Labor Party as their candidate for the State Electorate of Charlestown at the 2015 election.

I make this decision after much thought and careful consideration.

I firmly believe that the Liberal Party has let down our local community.

The NSW Government is important. It is responsible for our roads, our schools, our hospitals, our public transport, our national parks, our mining industry and even our local government. It makes important decisions that have a major impact on our local communities and on the cost of living, decisions like whether our ports and power utilities are privatised or remain in public hands.

The support given to the Liberals at the last State Election has not been reciprocated and many people in the Hunter feel let down. I too have been very disappointed with the way the Liberal Party has performed, particularly the way Baird and the Liberals have pillaged our state owned assets, and wound back critical services. I am deeply concerned about how this will affect our children and future generations.

The cruel, partisan and ideologically driven policies we now see from Tony Abbott and the Liberals in Canberra further highlight the divide between what Liberals promise and what Liberals deliver.

We need strong voices in State Parliament to stand against cuts to services and the sale of assets. I want to be that voice for the people of Charlestown.

I am running as a candidate for Parliament because I want to stand up for Charlestown and the Hunter, as a strong voice for our community and our way of life.

As promised in 2012, I will continue to serve the community as Mayor of Lake Macquarie for the full term.

I acknowledge that being Mayor and being a candidate for Parliament will potentially alter my relationship with Council. I can assure staff and residents that my approach will continue to be proper and fair.

Moving forward, it is with great confidence and hope that I remain committed to continuing to lead a council that works professionally and harmoniously to ensure that Labor’s charter for Lake Macquarie is fulfilled. Lake Macquarie will continue to be progressive, a great place to live, and the lead Council in the Hunter.