Reinforcements on the way for Lower Clarence
AS A special education schoolteacher and father of two, Clarence Valley Council nominee Mark Kingsley is passionate about issues concerning youth and people with disabilities.
Mr Kingsley has been teaching at Maclean High School for the past seven years and is running for council because he thought it was the 'right time'.
"In particular we need to look at issues to reduce the level of unemployment in the area and we need more appropriate services and facilities for young people," he said.
"I've also done a lot of tutoring with Aboriginal children and I think there's a long way to go to improve their education and health standards."
The Gulmarrad resident is also a member of the Maclean Community liaison group, formed as a response to the RTA's plans to run the improved Pacific Highway through Gulmarrad.
"Running for council is something I've always been interested in ... and I think when you're passionate about something you can't just sit at home and do nothing," he said.