Labor names Clarence candidate for 2015 State election

CASINO man Trent Gilbert has been officially named as the Australian Labor Party's candidate for Clarence at the 2015 NSW election.

Mr Gilbert, a former Richmond River Express Examiner sales representative, currently works as an emplopyment consultant with NORTEC and works part time as a cleaner on the XPT.

In a statement announcing Mr Gilbert's candidacy, the ALP says he received a unanimous vote by the party's Grafton, Richmond Valley and Lower Clarence branches at a meeting at Harwood in September.

Trent Gilbert, Labor's candidate for the State seat of Clarence.
Trent Gilbert, Labor's candidate for the State seat of Clarence. Contributed

Today's announcement confirms Labor's acceptance of Mr Gilbert's candidacy.

The statement describes Mr Gilbert as a third generation Casino resident who was school captain at St Mary's Catholic College before going to Southern Cross University where he studied law and business.

He is married to Rebekah, a teacher, and has a step son, Isaak, at St John's College, Woodlawn.

Mr Gilbert goes up against sitting Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis, who was elected with a 15.1% margin in the seat's 2011 by-election after former MP Steve Cansdell was forced to step down for falsifying details on a speeding ticket.

"I will bring a strong local voice and youthful energy to the role of local Clarence Country Labor's candidate," Mr Gilbert was quoted saying in the statement.

"I'm proud to stand for Country Labor. The party has listened to people's concerns about CSG, cuts to government services especially mental health services and TAFE, and the privatisation of electricity.

"Labor will not allow new CSG exploration or extraction licenses. There will be no renewals of existing licences and no applications will be accepted for expansion of existing operations."

Labor has proposed to ban CSG exploration and licenses in the local government areas of Lismore, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Tweed, and Richmond Valley. While much of Richmond Valley falls into the Clarence electorate, the ban does not extend to the Clarence council area, which makes up the majority of the electorate.

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