Born in Western Australia, Chris first stumbled across the beautiful Clarence and Richmond valleys over 35 years ago during his early years working as a graduate surveyor. It was there he came to love the honesty of the bush—both the people and the landscape – and where he met his wife, Vicki, and decided to settle down and start his own surveying business in the Scottish town of Maclean.
Chris’s foray into politics began during his time as President of Maclean High School P&C when he fought for the removal of 80,000 bats who had taken up residence right next door to the school.
Since then, Chris has continued to be a strong voice for his local community serving as Mayor of Maclean between 2000 and 2004 where he was a fierce advocate for the community after the shire’s amalgamation into Clarence Valley LGA.
Since he was elected as the Member for Clarence in 2011, Chris’ top priorities have been holding the state government accountable to its infrastructure promises within the region, in particular the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade, a second Grafton Bridge and a Health One facility at Coraki as well as continuing his fight to support the vulnerable and ensure first-class education and health facilities in the region.
In Parliament, Chris has served as a member of the Committee on Economic Development and Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer-General between 2011 and 2015. He was appointed to Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast in 2015 (a role he held for two years) and is currently Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Planning.