Second independent joins Clarence contenders
YAMBA woman Debrah Novak has thrown her hat in the ring for Clarence at the state election next month.
Ms Novak, who has lived in the electorate for more than 30 years and raised her three adult children here, is running as an independent.
"I have worked and played in most corners of the Clarence electorate for over 30 years and believe this unique region is worth holding onto for future generations," Ms Novak said yesterday.
"I am not a career politician and until recently had no desire to go into politics.
"However, I will not stand by and watch the Clarence be stripped of jobs and have its farmland devastated by people who have no interest in us.
"One of my reasons for running is to put our local community front and centre.
"It is a daunting task to take on the might and money of a political party as an independent. However, I am determined to get better representation for the Clarence."
Ms Novak said joining a NSW Farmers anti-coal seam gas march in Sydney had awoken her political passion.
"I stood among 5000 country folk who went to Sydney to take part in the march," she said.
"I figured if these amazing folk had it in them to step up for the first time, I needed to do what I could to support the Clarence.
"If our political parties and politicians are not protecting their people and land, ordinary people must step up and do it."
Ms Novak's nomination takes the field for the election in Clarence to six candidates, with sitting MP Chris Gulaptis (Nationals), Trent Gilbert (ALP), Janet Cananaugh (Greens), Bryan Robins (independent) and Carol Ordish (Christian Democratic Party) having already announced they are running.
DISCLOSURE: Debrah Novak is an employee of The Daily Examiner. She has taken leave while she runs as a candidate in the State Election.