Coffs Harbour councillor John Arkan is considering running as an independent candidate in the upcoming Federal election.
Coffs Harbour councillor John Arkan is considering running as an independent candidate in the upcoming Federal election.

Arkan signals his Federal Election intent

COFFS Harbour councillor John Arkan has announced plans to challenge the National Party's stronghold on the North Coast.

This week Cr Arkan said he was considering running as an Independent candidate in the upcoming federal election, representing the division of either Cowper or Page.

A driving factor of his campaign would be making the safe seats more marginal - especially Cowper, which has been held by the National Party since 1963.

"We need someone who can stand out and someone who can truly stand up for the electorate," he said.

"Our region struggles to receive Federal Government funding because it's been held by the same party for more than 50 years.

"I think people are disillusioned with politics and tired of being told promises that can't be kept.

"I'm proud of our country and we need to get some real things happening in our region.

"A straight-forward people approach is needed.

"It's time for change."

It would be the second time the Woolgoolga resident and business owner has run as an Independent in a federal election.

In 2010, Cr Arkan received 9.9% of the vote - the highest of any Independent candidate in Cowper since 1969.

If elected, Cr Arkan said projects he would pioneer included securing funding for the long-delayed Woolgoolga Multi-Purpose Facility.

While the date of the next federal election is yet to be finalised, a double dissolution could result in an election as early as July 2.



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