Candidate profile: Richie Williamson
I WAS born in Grafton Base Hospital in 1973, my wife Leonie and I live at Coutts Crossing.
I was educated at both St Josephs primary South Grafton and Coutts Crossing Public schools.
I Then became school captain at Coutts Crossing and then attended Catherine McAuley High School.
I was awarded the Young Citizen of Nymboida Shire Council in 1987 for my dedication to community.
I was first elected to Clarence Valley Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2008 and have the hon- our of being mayor since 2008.
I am also employed as the breakfast announcer with Radio 2GF Grafton where I have been employed since 1991.
My interests include my family; whom live in the Clarence Valley, sporting interests include playing cricket (indoor and outdoor), squash, tennis and golf. I also enjoy watching the local rugby, rugby league and the NRL.
Should I be fortunate to be re-elected, I again will seek the position of mayor.
As a matter of urgency I will deliver a review of the Clarence Valley economic development plan. I will be formulating a working party to look at the challenges that we face and work on practical achievable solutions.
I have been the chair of the Pacific Highway Taskforce for the past four years and I will continue to be an advocate for the highway upgrades, this should be the number one infrastructure project by the State and Federal Government and will be a huge investment in the Clarence Valley, a once-in-a-lifetime investment and should be fast tracked now to deliver jobs.
I will work to ensure the council is financially sustainable and will review the council structure ensuring savings are being made while increasing service levels.