I turn 55 in August. I have been married for nearly 34 years and live with my wife at Wyuna and have lived in the Goulburn Valley since 2007.
I grew up in what was a prime farming area in West Gippsland that is now largely covered with housing and development.
I chose a career in dairy farming and from weekend and holiday work I started full-time via an apprenticeship in 1982 and worked my way through the industry up until a few years ago.
Having been involved in farm protest actions it became apparent to me that many of the solutions required political intervention, but following numerous meetings with politicians it became very clear that they were more interested in not rocking the boat in their party room and would not fight for the needs of the voters, so I decided to stand as a candidate to try and be that voice for the people of the electorate.