LEGISLATIVE Council candidate Craig Farrell today said he did not intend to stand down from his position as deputy mayor of the Derwent Valley Council. The announcement followed a report in today's Sunday Tasmanian which said Mr Farrell would resign the deputy mayorship tomorrow. To the contrary, Mr Farrell said it was his intention to serve out his full term.
Announcing his candidacy yesterday, Mr Farrell said he was looking forward to the challenge of the election campaign and was hopeful of being elected as a strong voice for the Derwent electorate following Michael Aird's recent decision to retire.
“The Derwent electorate is extremely diverse ranging from regional communities to the suburbs of Brighton, Bridgewater, Claremont and Old Beach,” Mr Farrell said. “There are many issues facing the Derwent electorate and key ones that I will be concentrating on are the rising costs of living, jobs growth, regional development and aged care.”
A former Labor candidate for the lower house seat of Lyons, Mr Farrell was elected to the Derwent Valley Council in 2002 and became deputy mayor in 2009. He said his time as a local government representative had given him a genuine understanding of people’s needs in local communities. “People in local communities are finding it pretty tough to make ends meet and many are also facing an uncertain employment future. I want to work with our communities to bring about improvement in people’s lives,” he said.
Mr Farrell is married with four children and works in the New Norfolk office of the Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MHR. He heads the Derwent Valley Railway and is a member of the New Norfolk Lions Club.