Cr John Arkan and his wife, Surinder Kaur, with their newborn. Photo: ELLEN KOESTER.
Cr John Arkan and his wife, Surinder Kaur, with their newborn. Photo: ELLEN KOESTER.

Councillor, wife celebrate birth

THE first "council baby" born to a serving Coffs Harbour City councillor for at least two decades arrived this week. Born at 5am on Tuesday, the boy - the fourth child of Cr John Arkan and his wife Surinder Kaur - weighed 3.629kg and measured 50.5cm

A new playmate for his two brothers, 13-year-old Saihaj (the patient one) and nine-year-old Anand (the blissful one), and his sister Prakaash (morning light), who turns six today, the new baby will not be named until his family can go to the temple to pray and ask for permission for his name to be given out.

The holy book is then opened randomly and the first letter of the hymn revealed provides the catalyst for a name to be chosen beginning with that letter.

"That way it is still fresh for us," said Surinder, who said she wanted to thank the Coffs Harbour Health Campus staff for their help. "I am really, really grateful to the ladies who work in the birthing unit," she said.

"It is such a difficult moment and they make it so easy.

"They are really lovely ladies."

She said the new addition was unplanned but very welcome.

"We are not trying to populate Coffs Harbour."

The couple are now looking for a flight to bring Saihaj home from his boarding school in India to meet his new brother.

Do you remember when the last child was born to a serving councillor?

Call Michelle Day on 66502951 or email editorial@coffs coastadvocate.com.au.



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