CANDIDATE FOR WA SENATE - SOUTH WEST
Nick has spent the last thirty-five years in providing front line facing Information Technology support in a variety of roles as a consultant, Network Systems Administrator, onsite support for medium and large sized business. He now runs a small business providing computer support, hardware and data security / remote workplace solutions.
Graduating with an Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering in 1991 he moved into the computer industry. In 2018 he qualified to perform Screening Audiometery for children and adults which he performs on a volunteer and free. He has also holds a Certificate of Permaculture Design.
Having spent an inordinate amount of time with people and their computer systems, he has excellent skills in working, training and explaining complex issues to groups and individuals, and has mastered the art of extreme patience and an appropriate level of stubbornness required to solve complex technical issues.
He is passionate about helping to make the electorate of O’Connor a beacon of self-sufficiency and has both the will and vision to make this possible. He has lived in Kalgoorlie, Menzies, Leonora, owned land in Esperance and now lives on a small farm north of Albany with his wife and two children.
A co-op biofuel refinery in the Great Southern. This will support our local oilseed growers and generate diesel fuel for use by the agriculture and horticultural sectors. By reducing fuel operating costs farmers will in turn be more sustainable. Remember GAP also stands for Greater Agricultural Production!
Establishing the York to Albany passenger train service again? We could use local engineers, craftsmen and painters to create ANZAC themed carriages in an early 1900’s style. The ANZAC Express would also lead to further economic activity along the line as sidings can be revitalised.
Establishing single-use plastic processing facilities to turn waste plastic into electricity. Technology now exists where plastics can be cleanly combusted. Combustion of such systems has been tested and it is as clean as natural gas as a fuel source.
Construction of additional public aged care facilities throughout the electorate? Consultation with the community would be used to identify sites most in need and these could be fast-tracked.
Create homeless / emergency shelter and care dormitories in our major centres. For example, dormitories could be created that have shared facilities and a caretaker. This will provide shelter for our most vulnerable and provide easy access to social service workers.
Ensure that immigrant workers who are placed into workplaces are reviewed for competency before placement. This will remove the burden of training from business and public facilities and allow skill development for the immigrant where identified.
Upgrade the South Coast and Muir Highways to allow for safe overtaking and better traffic flow as a priority. Albany Highway upgraded to dual carriageway over its entire length.
Establish discounts on license fees and car insurance for drivers who elect to do advanced driver training courses. This will result in more competent drivers and safer roads.
The health benefits, both mentally and physically, of spending time in nature are proven. The current policy of charging people for access to WA’s national parks has to end. These are for use by all Australian’s and not just by those that can afford to visit them.
The current emergency services levy is not applied consistently and logically. This needs to be overhauled to cover any activity that would reasonably be expected to need the use of the emergency services facilities. For example, currently, boating licenses have no ESL applied. This additional funding raised from the review would be directly allocated to volunteer emergency services providers across the state.
Using the techniques developed by David Kennett from Project Auria, commence regreening projects across degraded farmland and salt land to stabilise the environment and provide native wildlife habitat.
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