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Federal Candidates to meet Cove Community


David Gillespie & Peter AlleydougkTue, 22/03/2016 - 11:03am
David & Peter
David & Peter

We are now part of the Federal electorate of Lyne - tucked in very close to its southern extremity. The election may be on July 2. So who are our candidates? And what do they know about North Arm Cove?

April 9 is the Cove Community's chance to meet with two of the candidates, not just for us to hear their policies, but for us to make sure that whoever is successful in our new electorate is well aware of our village, of its needs and of the hopes and feelings of the members of our community.

Both David Gillespie (the Nationals MP currently representing Lyne) and Peter Alley (the Labor candidate) have agreed to come to speak and answer questions at the April 9 meeting of the Residents Association and then chat over a cuppa. (The Green Party candidate Julie Lyford was also invited but regretfully gave her apologies as she was already committed elsewhere.)

Some brief bios of David and Peter ...

David Gillespie

David and his wife Charlotte married in 1990 and have three children: Isabelle, Oliver and Alice. David and Charlotte have raised their family on their farm in the Hastings Valley, on which they run grass-fed Angus beef for the export market.

Before entering Federal Parliament, David had 33 years of medical practice, including 21 years as specialist Gastroenterologist and Consultant Specialist Physician in Port Macquarie (1993 -2013). David was active in Postgraduate Medical Training as Director of Physician training at Port Macquarie Base Hospital (1995 – 2009) and was instrumental in the Base Hospital achieving accreditation by Royal Australasian College of Physicians for Specialist Training and becoming a Centre for College Examinations.

David and Charlotte built, licensed and ran the free standing Hastings Day Surgery in Port Macquarie for 12 years. During this period, David also lectured and tutored at UNSW Rural Medical School since its inception.

David was elected to the Australian Parliament on 7 September 2013, representing The Nationals – which he joined in 2008. More about David.

Peter Alley

Peter has worked in the IT, Banking and Finance industries for some 25 years. In more recent times he has worked in the non-profit sector with schools and churches. A resident of the Camden Haven, Peter is completing a Law degree with Southern Cross University.

Since moving to the Camden Haven in 2010, Peter has served this community in many various capacities. He is currently a parish councillor of the Camden Haven Anglican Church and treasurer of the Camden Haven Schools to Schools. He has done extensive volunteer work with the mid North Coast Community Legal Centre, the State Emergency Services and has been a member of Toastmasters.

Amongst his personal interests Peter lists rock climbing, caving and body surfing in addition to spending time with family and friends.

Peter contested the seat of Lyne in 2013 for Country Labor. He was elected unopposed to again contest the seat of Lyne for Country Labor in 2016. More about Peter.



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