Ready for job ahead
RECEIVING 62.9% of the vote is a result incumbent Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell always knew was there, and something of which he is extremely proud.
Never cocky during the campaign phase of the election, Mr Cansdell always believed the National Party would hold the seat of Clarence.
“We kept our campaign positive. We didn’t bring the dirt out, the dirt was brought out on us. Now I am very proud to be a part of an incoming Coalition government that is ready, willing and able to make significant change,” he said.
“That is a task that isn’t going to be easy. It is going to take discipline and hard work, which is something we have displayed during our campaign.
“There is no question that the Labor government has had a negative effect on the state of New South Wales and we will be working to get rid of the mismanagement, and in some cases incompetence, to bring our state back on track.”
After the Coalition government has been formed, Mr Cansdell ishoping to get straight back tothe business of improving the Clarence Valley.
“The Nationals leader, Andrew Stoner, said that we will be doing all that we can to get a second bridge crossing in Grafton under way, and I will be concentrating on health in the Clarence particularly. There are a lot of unfinished issues when it comes to health, so I will be dealing with that immediately,” Mr Cansdell said.
When asked if it was too early to say if he would contest the seat of Clarence in the next state election, his response was simple: “As far as I am concerned, I will continue to contest until New South Wales is number one again and the Clarence gets everything that we need. If I need to stay in government for another eight years to make sure things get done in the Clarence, I will.”