This is the first of a number of articles giving an overview of what the Candidates for Cowper say they want for the electorate.
Today we feature Pat Conaghan, the National Party candidate.
Helping create better access to funding for innovative ideas, creating pathways for youth employment, boosting small business opportunities and easing traffic congestion at the eastern end of the Oxley Highway feature highly on the aims for the electorate of Cowper for new National Party candidate Pat Conaghan.
He has earmarked these areas as among key planks in the run up to the May federal election.
Mr Conaghan lives in Port Macquarie and has worked as a solicitor for the past 18 years.
Prior to that he was also a police officer for 12 years, including spending time as a detective and a police prosecutor.
Mr Conaghan said aged care was a key driver for employment opportunities across Cowper, specially in Port Macquarie.
He said there were other issues relevant to Cowper’s other major centres including the Coffs Harbour by-pass and employment in Kempsey and the Nambucca Valley.
“Across the Cowper electorate I have met people within the small business sector that have brilliant ideas to either establish or grow their business,” he said.
“And these entrepreneurs, sometimes, need some assistance in where and how they can source government funding to move forward.
“These innovators are there within the community and I am really keen to help them establish or grow.
“Many of these innovative ideas are flowing from already established operators within the small business sector. So helping them grow, to create jobs and more opportunities, is beneficial to the wider community.”
“Many of these innovative ideas are flowing from already established operators within the small business sector. So helping them grow, to create jobs and more opportunities, is beneficial to the wider community.” Patrick Conaghan
Mr Conaghan said the growing aged care industry would also require more trained staff into the future. “One of the challenges for the industry is to attract employees into that sector,” he added.
Mr Conaghan said, if elected, he saw his role as helping people succeed.
“I spent several years as a councillor on North Sydney Council and will use that experience to work with all levels of government,” he said.
“During that role, I would have spent some countless hours per week specifically on council issues, while maintaining my practice.
“That experience taught me a lot.”
A federal election is to be held on May18.
Mr Conaghan confirmed he was a member of the Liberal Party in the early 2000s during his stint as a councillor.
Andrew Woodward will contest the seat of Cowper for Labor and the Independent candidate at the 2016 election and former federal Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott has also confirmed he will contest the election making the seat one to watch this election according to a number of sources. Lex Stewart is running for the United Australia Party. See: https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/they-are-off-and-running-in-cowper/
Based on a story by Peter Daniels first published at The Bellingen Courier-Sun November 16 2018.