Growing up in a home where money was tight, where there was domestic violence and where my parents relied on State support, I knew that I wanted to work hard and succeed. I wanted to live away from Melbourne. I worked to become a successful business person, and my wife and I raised two strong, independent children, who are now adults. We moved from Melbourne to Castlemaine nearly 30 years ago, educated our kids here, and immersed ourselves in the Castlemaine community.
Castlemaine has been great for our family, and I wanted to pay forward the tremendous good fortune we have enjoyed as members of a vibrant, growing and diverse community. I am passionate about Castlemaine, our shared heritage, our diversity, our optimism for a sustainable future.
I firmly believe that council should provide a mouthpiece for those who may not be heard, and that I have the skills to help in areas such as affordable housing, encouraging local sporting groups, small business ventures, and advising various community groups on how to be better heard.