Independent candidate Paul Templeton.
Independent candidate Paul Templeton. Trevor Veale

Councillor an Independent

COFFS Harbour City Councillor Paul Templeton is the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring for election to the State seat of Coffs Harbour on March 26.

Cr Templeton, who attended Saturday’s Pacific Highway Forum, says he is concerned about ‘standard’ issues like roads, health and Part 3A planning approvals, but at the end of the day he wants to listen to what the community really wants and take that to the State Parliament.

“The expectations of the community are changing rapidly and legislation is not keeping up,” he said.

Cr Templeton is the information technology and information management officer with the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice.

The 41-year-old IT systems administrator has lived on the Mid North Coast since he was 16, the past 14 years in Coffs Harbour. His extended family lives in the Nambucca Valley.

Married with a six-year-old son, Paul Templeton’s interests include the free and open source software movement.

“Open source software like gnu Linux can cut down costs phenomenally,” he said

He is particularly interested in copyright reform, especially in relation to digital content.

“The internet revolution was about information and accessing information and there is a new trend where industry is trying to control everything using copyright, internet treaties and IP law, but communities are small and the general populace does not see it.

He said technology also pushed the debate about transparency, but while governments talked about transparency, the public was seeing the opposite – more and more information being hidden.

His website, will be released under creative commons attribution on the public domain.

Cr Templeton is a member of CEMAC (the council’s Coastal and Estuary Management Advisory Committee), as well as the Coffs Harbour Bicycle Users Group; Coffs Harbour Sports Advisory Committee and is a board member of Arts Mid North Coast.

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