Putting people first is a labour of love
COUNTRY Labor candidate for Clarence, Mark Kingsley, is a people person at heart.
Whether its spending time at his Gulmarrad home with wife and two children, working with special needs children at Maclean High School or meeting face-to-face with voters ? the last thing on his mind is sitting inside an office.
Mr Kingsley has worked as the head teacher of special education at Maclean High School since 2004.
With 12 years of teaching experience, four of those as a head teacher and eight years of teaching at Maclean High School, he certainly knows what's going on in the Clarence Valley.
His political career began when he first joined the Maclean branch of the ALP in November 2004 and was then a candidate for the 2005 Clarence Valley Council election as part of Terry Flanagan's group.
He was the secretary of Maclean branch of the ALP 2005.
Mr Kingsley is also very community minded.
He has been a member of the Community Liaison Group for the Wells Crossing to Iluka Road Pacific Highway Upgrade since 2004 and president of Gulmarrad P&C 2006.
He has also been a member of the Clarence Coast Health Consultation Committee since 2005 and the Mac- lean Disabilities Action Group 2006.
To add to his qualifications, Mr Kingsley is completing a Graduate Diploma in Humanities majoring in Political Science through University of New England.
When he isn't teaching or studying, Mr Kingsley participates in fun runs and likes jogging with his dog, Oskar and coaches school rugby teams.
For the upcoming election Mr Kingsley hopes to 'effectively represent the people of the Clarence and Richmond valleys'.
His major focus has been on issues like, "employment and training to ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow are appropriately skilled and the working conditions of workers are protected and family-friendly," he said.
Mr Kingsley also hopes to ensure that health facilities and services are of high quality.
"Road investment to improve the safety of the region's roads for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians is also a major priority," he said.
And to focus on 'sustainable development that is energy efficient and waterwise and environmental policies that reduce greenhouse gas- es and pollution'.