Candidate profile: Jason Kingsley
JASON is a Clarence Valley boy, born and bred, coming from several generations of local dairy and cattle farmers on his father's side and fishermen on his mother's side.
He grew up in Lawrence, and as an avid sportsman he spent his childhood playing cricket, basketball and golf throughout the Valley.
Upon acquiring a spinal injury in 1993 Jason made the permanent move to Grafton where he now lives with his young family.
Jason spent 10 years working in the community care sector under Maclean Shire Council up until the amalgamation into Clarence Valley Council.
He has spent the past six years in the trenches with other local businesses as the owner and operator of McPhee Print.
As a husband, father, business owner and person with a disability he understands the day-to-day challenges families face.
I am proud the Clarence Valley boasts a fantastic natural environment, a strong community spirit with proud traditions and a number of long-standing industries.
More can be done to promote and strengthen our existing assets. At the same time, we need to encourage new opportunities.
Progress and development is important to the future of the Valley.
I will work hard for positive outcomes in the key areas of tour- ism and employment. Growth in these areas will provide the foundation for a strong and self-sustaining economy.
We must protect our existing jobs, businesses and services while creating new and diverse opportunities in a renewable and sustainable way.
Finding the right balance will be difficult, but we all know these are challenging times and I believe we are up to the task.