Candidate profile: Craig Howe
I LIVE in Grafton, am married with two children, am 43 years old.
I am proudly independent.
I have never been a member of or had affiliation with any political party.
I have served one term as a councillor, the past two years of that as deputy mayor.
I feel I have gained invaluable experience in this time as a councillor and am ready to put that experience to good use if re-elected for another term.
I moved to Grafton as a 13-year-old 31 years ago, attended Grafton High as a student and was school captain in 1986.
I spent 15 years as a temporary teacher at Grafton High School waiting for permanent employment because the Clarence Valley is where I want to live, work, raise my family and retire.
I love where I live and will do all I can to maintain our wonderful lifestyle.
"Action not words"
I have brought a number of notices of motion to council.
The last was for an investigation into a rate holiday, other incentives and available land, for large employers to relocate to the Clarence Valley.
I stood and slept on the jail gaol picket line and would do so again in the same situation anywhere in the Valley
I was instrumental in the reformation of the Clarence Sports Council.
I chair both the Clarence and Lower Clarence sports councils. Funding to these bodies increased from $35,000 to $50,000 annually.
I chair the Rural Fire Service Liaison Committee and the Bush Fire Risk Management Committee and am on the Grafton Access Committee.
I chair Grafton Midnight Basketball and Yamba Midnight Sports committees, providing an outlet free of charge for local youth to participate in safe and healthy recreation on a Friday night.
I am already working towards the future.