Member for Clarence
Chris Gulaptis has spent his life standing up for his community - as a Mayor, a councillor and an advocate for the people of Maclean after their shire's amalgamation into Clarence Valley LGA, and now representing the wider region in state parliament.
Chris first came to the Clarence over 30 years ago, where he met Vicki and started a family. As a local councillor and Mayor he was a champion for the values of the community against vocal interest groups that sought to hijack public debate. Chris’ first foray into local politics was as president of the Maclean High School P&C, fighting for the removal of 80,000 bats that had taken up residence right next door to the school.
Chris' top priority is holding the government to account for its infrastructure promises in the region, in particular finishing the Pacific Highway Upgrade and starting construction of the second Grafton bridge as soon as possible. He's also kept up the fight against the bats, which continue to terrorise a number of towns on the north coast.
In parliament Chris serves as a member of the Committee on Economic Development and is the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer-General.