​​​​​Coffs Habour Team for local election 2016

David Quinn:
David is the President of The Coffs Harbour Arts Council Inc for the past 10 years and in this time has worked with our local community assisting non for profit community groups to obtain grants, auspicing and assisting in the running of their events. He has played a vital role in cultural development in Coffs Harbour by supporting events such as the Woman of the World Festival, Utopian Dream Festival, Afrekete Cuban Summer Dance Festival, and The Winter Hafla Belly Dancing Festival to name a few, which have brought thousands of people to our region from overseas and interstate over the years. Festivals like these play a vital role in boosting our tourism numbers and local economy and always have an educational component providing the opportunity for our cultural community to work with industry professionals.  
David also runs a Cultural Hub at the Mud Huts in Duke St providing an affordable space for meeting and rehearsals for local theatre companies and community organisations and the Pop up Gallery at Toormina Gardens bringing art to the people by supporting over 90 artists by proving a space for them to display and sell their works.
This is only the tip of the ice berg as he is also the Treasurer and Public office of Arts Mid North Coast Board which is the peak Cultural development organisation covering 6 Council regions from Gloucester in the South to Coffs Harbour in the North. The Secretary of Coffs Harbour Community Projects headed by Nan Cowling which is the group responsible for the installation of art works on our traffic signals boxes. He is on the Bunker Cartoon Gallery Board which recently took over the management of the Bunker, the CHATS Committee, and The Association of Community Theatre Societies Committee and the Public Officer of the Sawtell Art Gallery. David also was awarded the Coffs Harbour City Council’s Australia Day Award in 2011 for Voluntary Contribution to the Arts and was nominated for volunteer of the year this year.
David is also a volunteer at the Jetty Memorial Theatre either directing, performing or volunteering on front of House. 

Damian Wood:
 I am proud to be running as a Country Labor candidate for Coffs Harbour City Council at the upcoming election. I have lived on the NSW North Coast for the majority of my life. I am a local and I understand the community that I am running to represent. I am a regular person; I practice a trade and have worked in the service industry. In addition to having grown up in the local area and worked in the local area my entire working life, I believe I have an understanding of what our Community needs, I have also served our community as volunteer fire fighter and was the Labor Cowper Candidate at the recent Federal election. 

Kerrie Burnet:
Kerrie is a director on the board of Galambila Aboriginal Health Service, Foster and Kinship Carer with Life without Barriers and help form Aunties’ Elders Group who visit Acmena boys prison every month and founding director of Manum-Gurrilma Guyunggan Aboriginal Corporation was awarded the NAIDOC’s Council Elder of the Year this year in recognition of her work as a foster carer, as well as dedication to carers' groups, secretary of Galambila, and working with people experiencing loss and grief, and domestic and family violence.
 
Our Team is ready to listen and act on behalf of the Coffs Harbour Community if elected to Coffs Harbour City Council.
 

​​Nambucca Shire Team Candidates 2016

Susan Jenvey.  BA Communications. I am an award winning macadamia farmer & small business owner. In the past I've owned cafes in Bondi Beach and worked as a journalist. Moving to beautiful Valla, I came to understand how political power moves through local planning policies when Valla Quarry affected my farm. I have used my communication skills to show we are not powerless. I have told our stories, prosecuted cases against poor planning, and built community participation. I have been active on many local committees, including P & C President of Nambucca Heads High.  I will look at all issues through a prism of what's authentically good for local business, local enterprise, and local communities so they can be strong and sustainable. 

Jennifer Andren.  Bachelor of Education. I am a retired school principal and moved to Bowraville to build and establish an accommodation business in 2007.
After losing access to our property with the road washouts along the Bellingen-Bowraville Road in 2009, I know first hand how Council decisions can impact on individual lives and small business to the detriment of jobs and the community. My work in education has given me experience in seeking diverse views, advocating for disadvantaged communities and facilitating change. I have been involved in promoting and developing rural communities throughout my career, including chairing and being an active member of committees for tourism, education and town-planning at Federal, State and local levels. I am committed to working collaboratively as a member Nambucca Shire Council to promote sustainable development and ensure quality services for all residents. 

Stuart Holmes.  (Diploma in Community Services).  I have spent 20 years serving this community as a rescue operator with the Nambucca District VRA. My background also includes work with an Industrial Union. For the last 15 years, I have been the coordinator of the Nambucca Valley Men's Shed. Here I develop programs for participants and advocate for men's health, both locally and Australia wide. In 2012 I received a Rotary Community Service Award for this work and in 2013 was inducted into the inaugural Men's Shed Hall of Fame by the Australian Men's Shed Association for my pioneering work.  I am a radio host at Nambucca Valley Community Radio. I am standing up for democratically elected councils against the Baird Liberal National government attacks.