Richmond Valley candidate, Jacob Dhnaram, Casino, Labor
Tell us about where you live and your family.
I was born and raised in Casino and I’ve been here all my life. I live at home with my mother, father and brother. My late grandfather owned a farm at Naughtons Gap and I have fond memories of being on the family farm as a kid.
That’s where I got my love for the country.
Jacob has not been a councillor before.
What do you bring to the role of councillor this election?
If elected I hope to bring multiple possibilities to the Richmond Valley. We live in one of the greatest parts of the country and there is so much potential for it to be even better.
Job creation is a very important issue to me.
I think that can be achieved with continued support and growth of the current industries in the Richmond Valley.
What brings you joy in life?
Being able to make an impact on the community for better and see people achieve their full potential. Being an active member of my region is very important to me
What difficulties does your community face?
The Richmond Valley is experiencing a wave of gentrification and if we aren’t careful we will see a wave of homelessness. What we need to make sure we have is affordable and suitable housing that is fit for the average Australian.
Another issue is the proposed incinerator for thermal waste to energy.
I am concerned about the health effects this will have on residents because of how close it is to homes. If it’s not safe for Sydney residents then why is it safe here?
What is your job? What do you like/dislike about it?
I currently work for McLean’s Service as a courier and I enjoy it. I work with a great bunch of people and the workplace environment is safe, fair and supportive. Over the course of working there I have had the opportunity to meet many different people from all around the area and listen to their stories, worries and ideas. I feel like I’ve been able to use this opportunity to hear what the public want done and I take their feedback dearly.
Dare to dream – what is your vision for your region?
I’m optimistic about the future. Provided we get the policy settings right. We will be guided every step of the way by our values. Labor values. Our vision will always need to adapt to the changing world around us and that’s something the Richmond Valley can do under the right leadership. Labor’s priority has always been, and always will be, to shape change in the interests of people.
I’m proud to run as a Labor candidate because I’m not hiding who I am or what my values are.