Meet the Candidates – Part 4 – and other election news

Today, from a number of sources we give you information on candidates, often from different teams , running in the 4 December elections for the Coffs Harbour City Council. Also some election related news too.


Yesterday Moffee’s TripleM Coffs Coast breakfast show caught up with Mayoral Candidate Donna Pike. Hear what she had to say below.

Plus check out all the candidate interviews by downloading the LiSTNR App, and search ‘Coffs Elections’.

Listen here;


Paul-Thomas Clarke (PT) for Councillor. Coffs Coast First Team ( George Cecato, Lead for Mayor)

With a business career spanning more than 19 years, PT has joined the Coffs Coast First team because of their commitment to local business, development, jobs, community and most importantly, cost-effective housing.

PT Clarke

PT bought his first business in 2002 at the age of 20. He has owned and operated businesses such as Licenced Post Offices, online business supplies, office furniture and stationery.

PT won the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017. PT has a proven record supporting local business and charities through his roles such as a non-executive Director of the Australia Post Advisory Council, business groups and Rotary.

PT is a current Shop-Local advocate actively raising awareness and support for local businesses.

PT is a qualified horticulturist and holds a Diploma of Business (HR), and Business Management.

When PT is not at work, you can find him cooking, enjoying the Jetty with his family or at the bowls where he has been a competitive player since the age of 14.PT has sponsored and helped bring events to Coffs Harbour such as the Australian Golf Women’s open, the Armature open, Coffs open and the World Rally Championships.

Charities PT has been personally supported include: Cancer Council, Bushfire Appeal for Effected Farmers, Drought Effected Farmers, Pink Silks and the rescue collective (Animal Rescue).


Tony Judge – Labor for Coffs Harbour on “Keeping our Community Strong”

“We all need to feel that we are connected to others.

That’s what a sense of community is all about.

When communities are strong, people have opportunities to build friendships, offer and receive support and feel valued.

We have so many great examples of community connection on the Coffs Coast – our volunteer groups, residents groups, interest groups and really special initiatives like RUOK Day.

They are all so vital to our health and wellbeing. Council has a key role to play in supporting and building our sense of community.

By providing facilities like Neighbourhood Centres, playgrounds, libraries and good public spaces, Council gives us the opportunity to connect.

By supporting events like the Sawtell Chilli Festival, Curryfest and weekly Growers Markets, Council brings communities together.

Council is about more than roads, rates and rubbish.

It helps bring us together and keep us together.

The Local Government Act wants us to have communities that are “strong, healthy and prosperous.”

So do we.”

Tony Judge and the Coffs Harbour Labor team. (This is a social media release 16-11-21)


Patrick Mullan – Your Local Leafers Team (Tegan Swan, Lead candidate for Mayor)

I believe we need to be the change we want to see.

I became a teacher to be part of creating a positive impact for future generations. As part of that, I want to be an example of showing young people in our community that age is not a barrier to leadership, we need diversity in our community leaders to best represent us as a community.

I have demonstrated my commitment to our community as a volunteer within many local organisations. I currently hold committee and board positions in Surf Life Saving and sports clubs as well as working as a Retained firefighter with FRNSW.

I was honoured to have these contributions to our community recognized when I was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year for Coffs Harbour a few years ago.  


Troy Robinson- Your Local Leafers Team (Tegan Swan, Lead candidate for Mayor)

I am a proud Gumbaynggirr man. Born in Coffs Base Hospital, grew up in Sawtell, with a great Respect for my country, my Elders and people as well as those who respect me. I am The Cultural Director for Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan (2 Path Strong) Aboriginal Corporation (3 years).

Here I have the opportunity to inspire our young people and the wider community and create pathways, opportunities and positive ripple effects through Culture & education. This has always been a strong passion of mine. I pinch myself, not everyone gets to wake up and work in their dream job…

I believe we achieve the best outcomes through diversity in our leaders, working together for a better outcome & decision makers. I would like to see support in honouring our cultural and arts life; Tourism & Hospitality; community & business recovery; strengthening events & festivals; embracing industry growth & employment opportunities for our best future.

My previous studies and employment involve completing my Cert IV in Indigenous Leadership, Cert in Governance, working with Attorney General’s Dept, AIATSIS, Southern Cross University are just some of the paths I took to be where I am now.

For more information on this team go to;


Cr Adendorff’s Private Facebook site – An ‘interesting’ read?

Lastly yesterday while searching for news for the Meet the Candidate Part 3 story we happened to stumble across Cr Michael Adendorff’s personal Facebook site wherein numerous posts from American, and other, ultra-right ‘Covid19 doubter’ and other issues seemed to be prominently and copiously displayed by Michael.

We believe this is an issue the public should be aware of prior to voting starting.

As clearly did the Coffs Coast Independent News Facebook site too;

The Facebook site of Cr Adendorff referred to above can be found and viewed by you so you can make up your own mind here;

One thought on “Meet the Candidates – Part 4 – and other election news

  1. Having looked at Adendorff’s Facebook page, I’d say he is a Fox News/Newsmax right wing nut job. I hope I am wrong, but if true I would not want him anywhere near our Council.

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