DAVID Quinn has been endorsed as the ALP candidate for the seat of Coffs Harbour in the March State election.
Mr Quinn, 50, moved to the Coffs Coast seven years ago from Sydney after suffering a serious back injury.
The president of the Coffs Harbour Arts Council and well-known for his theatre work as a director, actor and teacher, he has also been active in the Coffs Harbour branch of the Australian Labor Party.
Before moving to Coffs Harbour he worked in retail and library services and then in the hospitality industry where he trained as a chef and relaunched a cafe at Dee Why Beach as well as continuing to work in the entertainment industry.
After the accident he was told he would never walk unaided again.
He went from an extremely busy life to a life which involved a lot of hands-on experience in the health system and a lot of trips along the Pacific Highway back to Sydney for operations.
He also became a carer for someone going through the mental health system as well as becoming deeply involved in community affairs and charity work.
He said one of his proudest achievements in recent years was raising $25,000 for the Learning for Life program and $16,000 for the Northcott Society through dinner theatre productions of Dimboola by His DQ Performance Studio.
“Coffs Harbour is a burgeoning city and it needs people of vision,” Mr Quinn said. “I really want to dispel the big cloud of doom the National Party keeps rolling out.”