Renowned Tasmanian sporting personality Brian Roe will contest May’s Legislative Council election after being unveiled as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Launceston on Wednesday.
Flanked by Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne and Bass Labor MHR Ross Hart at the Silverdome, Mr Roe spoke of a desire to tackle health and education and to give back to the Launceston community.
“I think we have the opportunity to be an education city, an event city, and to give more and more of the next generation of young Launcestonians and Tasmanians the sort of chances I've had,” Mr Roe said.
“I don’t understand why we export so much young talent from Launceston and then we're told we have to import the expertise back.
“I can't understand why we shouldn't think big and why the Tamar Valley can't be a Silicon Valley, with Launceston as the hub of that.”
Ms O’Byrne said the party was thrilled to have Mr Roe on board.
“He's got a big campaign coming up... but we know that with his community connections and his absolute passion for doing the right thing for people, that he is indeed one of the best candidates we could possibly nominate,” Ms O’Byrne said.
Mr Roe also contested the 2002 state election as a Labor candidate for Bass.