Ian Williamson United Australia Party
I was born into a military family in the western suburbs of Sydney, moving regularly with my father’s postings.
I grew up in a big family of four children and times weren’t always easy, but I always had a roof over my head and food on the table. As army kids, we spent a lot of time playing outdoors and in the obstacle course and underground tunnels at the School of Military Engineering in Holsworthy.
My father retired in 1999 and we moved to Grafton for my final years of school.
My first job was cleaning on a Saturday morning at Notaras Sawmill. Since then, I have worked on cattle farms, built cool rooms, and worked as a contractor in almost all types of construction.
In 2006 I became a proud father to a little girl then became a single father a year later.
I struggled to balance work and 50% care of my daughter so I became self-employed to stay in front.
In 2008 I joined Grafton Fire+Rescue and became a seasonal firefighter for NSW State Forest. It was a challenging time, being on-call as a single dad with three jobs but with help from friends and my ex-partner, we raised our amazing daughter.
Since then, I have worked hard to better our lives, working my way up to becoming a project manager. I built my own management company that focuses on providing practical, efficient solutions to clients and have worked on multimillion-dollar projects, alongside local and state government organisations.
The four major parties are lost and incompetent to manage our country.
I am running to stop discrimination by mandates and fix our economy