I’m Adam Blakester and I am seeking a mandate from the people of the New England electorate to take your voices to Canberra.
I love this place. I love our communities across this electorate and I believe we deserve better leadership and better representation. I know we can achieve that by working together.
I was fortunate to be raised in a loving and fun family with its roots in Werris Creek, Tambar Springs and Gunnedah. While growing up and starting my career in Sydney, my heart and my passion for rural and regional sustainability drew me back and in 2007 I returned to settle near Uralla and Armidale with my partner Claire and daughter Jaz.
My career is so broad that I can only sum it up by saying that I have always strived to make things better, particularly through great governance, strategy, performance and accountability. I have experience in mental health, children and family services and education. My original profession, which I still draw on heavily, was in taxation, finance and law. The skills and experience I have in renewable energy, regenerative farming and environmental restoration will continue to be very important to our community into the future.
I have been instrumental in securing nearly $1/2 billion of resources and funding for projects across regional NSW.
My team and I will listen, learn and lead together with our electorate and with other community, industry and sector leaders. We will act in the best interests of our electorate, not vested interests, and we will do it together.
I pledge to the people of New England that I will act at all times with honesty and integrity; my priority will be to listen to the voices of the people of New England, not to those who would seek to influence me for their selfish interests alone.
My commitment is to a bright future and I will guide the development of our shared future with vision, passion and commitment.