Press Release


After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to stand as an independent candidate for the upcoming State Election.

I believe Coffs Harbour is at a cross roads in its history and the decisions we make in the next few years will have a huge impact on the future of our lifestyle and environment.

These choices will set in concrete the legacy we leave for our children and those who come after us.  We will be making decisions on the bypass, the Jetty Foreshore and land use that will set the stage for the ongoing liveability of the City of Coffs Harbour.

All levels of government will need to work together with us to ensure we do it well and achieve an outcome that fits with the aspirations of the broader community. 

There is more that connects us here than divides us. If we focus on those mutual values, together, we can make a difference.

I believe Coffs Harbour can have it all.  I believe we can have a vibrant lively city whilst maintaining the beauty and liveability of our environment. This and the people who choose to live here are our greatest assets.

I have been a resident of Coffs Harbour for over 30 years, as a child, a young woman and and adult. Since 1992 I have operated a small local business and have been involved in many arts and sporting activities during this time. I have a strong connection to this community and this landscape.

Bordered by the stunning backdrop of one of the most easterly ridges of the Great Dividing Range, the Solitary Islands Marine Park and National Parks, we are blessed with an abundance of clean air and water, beautiful beaches and one of the world’s most liveable climates.  How lucky are we? 

By working together with a sustainable approach to our economic, social and cultural growth and development, we can ensure the protection of these assets for ourselves and for our children.

I believe there is an opportunity at the moment for the people of Coffs Harbour to be heard.

By making Coffs Harbour an independent electorate we have the opportunity to be listened to by all levels of government. It is evident the current governments have a major disconnect with the community.

Right now we have the opportunity to have issues important to us addressed by an independent representative who will vote for the community not along party lines.

I have never had an affiliation with a particular political party and right now as a voter I feel we have been betrayed by most. We need a member of parliament who can and will listen to local voices and who will act to achieve their collective goals.

Although I have my own personal views on a wide range of issues I realise that politics is about listening to the people you are representing and navigating your way through  many views and ideas to find the best solution. I will listen.

Ann Leonard