Clarence candidate: Get to know Greg Clancy, Greens

Where did you grow up?

Although I was born in Sydney and lived and worked there for some years I never really felt at home until I moved to the Clarence Valley.  My father, his mother and her mother were all north coast born. 

What was your childhood like?

Even as a child I had a fascination with nature which was encouraged by my mother, who loved birds. 

What careers/work have you had?

I started my working career as a clerk in the NSW public service and after starting a Bachelor of Science degree, I became a NPWS Ranger and later an independent ecological consultant.  I also attained a Master of Science and a PhD, the latter based on my research on Australia’s only stork, the black-necked stork. 

What is your life like now?

My wife Val and I have a satisfying life. I carry out my council duties and also bird research and we travel to study and photograph wildlife. I am a father and a grandfather. I sing and play drums at the Country Music Club. 

Why did you go into politics? Is this your first time running?

I became a politician as I believed there was a need for scientists to become politicians as the politicians weren’t listening to the scientists.  I was first elected to Clarence Valley Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2021, now holding the position of deputy mayor. I stood as the Greens candidate in the 2019 state election. 

What are the three most important values to you?

The three most important values to me are honesty, integrity and compassion. 

You have the power to change one thing in Australia – what would you choose?

The thing that I would change in Australia would be to turn around the decline in Australia’s unique ecosystems and their flora and fauna.

More about Greg here.

We will be publishing the profiles of all candidates for the seats of Clarence and Lismore.

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