New Norfolk resident Wayne Shoobridge combines his bookkeeping business of ten years with his role as a councillor on the Derwent Valley Council, which he was elected to in 2011.
Wayne sits on several subcommittees of the rural council, including the sports centre committee, the grant committee (which seeks federal funding for local projects) and the Australia Day committee, of which he is chairman. He has also been involved with his local Lions Club
Married to wife Cheryl, they have eight children altogether and enjoy a great family relationship. Wayne describes himself as a proud family man and a proud Australian.
After witnessing Tasmania’s slide in recent years he says he could no longer stand by and watch it continue. He believes stimulating business is the starting point to a recovery for the island state.
“The key issues here in Tasmania are jobs, jobs, jobs,” Wayne said.
“We have holes in our education system. We have holes in the appalling freight situation with the mainland and it’s been going on for years.
“We’re already the forgotten state in many people’s eyes and if we don’t take a proactive approach and take steps to turn the situation around we could fall off the map altogether.
“There is evidence everywhere that it is time for a change and Palmer United represent a great opportunity for Tasmanians to embrace a new era.”