Former councillor enters State by-election race

FORMER Port Macquarie-Hastings Council deputy mayor, Bob Sharpham will stand as an Independent for the seat of Port Macquarie in the October 18 state by-election.
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Mr Sharpham said his decision was based upon a desire to support local communities in areas of current need, and ensuring completion of promised projects not commenced.

“I have a positive outlook and will give 100 per cent to this community, I am well placed to lobby governments for our needs,” he said.

“It is important for us to push as hard as we can to ensure our voice is heard regarding our hospital needs, especially emergency and mental health also the proposed privatisation of Country Energy. Let’s not forget the other issues that affect many who will rely on me to have their voice heard by the government of the day.”

In past endeavours, Mr Sharpham said he has taken up many local issues, including affordable housing “and in this regard there are over 140 homes currently under threat mainly from park closures due to re-development.”

“I lobbied council and the state government to work with communities to achieve the RTA’s agreement for the Sancrox overpass to protect Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park and the surrounding neighbourhood from new high traffic service roads and to ensure the historic Holy Trinity Church and grounds in Laurieton remained in local community hands.”

Mr Sharpham said his business management expertise, leadership and teamwork skills are evident in his involvement in the various roles he pursues in the community.

“As president of Home Modification and Maintenance Service my management team works to help the frail, aged and younger people with disabilities remain in their homes when at risk of premature or inappropriate institutionalisation.

“As President of the Koala Hospital I see the need to protect our own local Aussie icon and its environment to ensure future development encourages koala habitat without restricting the provision for normal population growth. I am also treasurer of Hastings Macleay Community Transport and an active member of Rotary.”

Mr Sharpham’s qualifications include Bachelor of Education with a major in Administration. He is currently teaching at a local TAFE College, and is a Justice of the Peace. His experience in residential construction, retail, technical education and residential child care gives him wide ranging business and community experience. Bob and his wife Trish have three adopted children and ten grandchildren; they looked after 26 children of other people, including six state wards at a time, a 24/7 task.

Mr Sharpham is experienced as chairman of many committees including the Development Assessment Panel, Town Centre Master Plan Sub-Committee, Hastings Access Sub-Committee, the Foreshore Working Party and the Affordable Housing Working Party. As a committee member of the Hastings Economic Development Board, a councillor representative on the Port Macquarie-Hastings Youth Council, as well as the local Tourism Board he has an insight into the wider workings of the community.

“My vision for the Port Macquarie electorate is to ensure opportunities exist to provide economic and social benefits to the community, maintenance of the values of residents, encouragement of environmental accountability, education opportunities and employment, support initiatives that provide quality recreation and entertainment facilities, and preserve our uniqueness and heritage for future generations,” he said.

“I seek a community-approved balance between the need to accommodate growth on the one hand and the protection and enhancement of our cultural and environmental heritage on the other.”

You can contact Bob on info@bobsharpham苏州美甲美睫培训.au

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