NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley today announced Craig Elliot as the Country Labor candidate for Tweed in next year’s State Election. 

Mr Foley, who visited the Tweed today, said Mr Elliot, a former police officer and former electrician, had the knowledge and experience to take on the Nationals in an electorate that could find a much better use for the $2.2 billion the Berejiklian Government is determined to waste on Sydney sports stadiums.

Mr Foley said Mr Elliot is already campaigning on health, police numbers, TAFE cuts and the school maintenance backlog in the Tweed.

Mr Elliot left school at 16 years and went to TAFE to complete his trade as an electrician. He has worked in the construction industry and was later a member of the Queensland Police Service for which he was awarded a 10-year police medal for ethical and diligent service.

Craig later returned to study and completed a Bachelor in Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence.

As Labor’s candidate, Mr Elliot will be taking up the fight in the seat against the Nationals’ Geoff Provest. 

Mr Foley said Mr Elliot would be a strong voice for the Tweed which has been poorly served by the NSW Liberal-National Government, particularly in areas like health and education.

Mr Elliot said he was frustrated by the reduction in police numbers across the Tweed-Byron LAC while the Liberal-National Government spent $2.2 billion on Sydney stadiums.

In the most recent police graduation of 234 new officers in late-April, not a single police officer was allocated to the Tweed.

Official NSW Police data shows that under the Nationals, since February 2012, the Tweed-Byron Police District has had their numbers slashed by 33 officers. In 2012, there were 198 officers in the Tweed-Byron District, but as at September 2017 police numbers had dropped to 165.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“I’m delighted to have a candidate like Craig Elliot running for the Tweed electorate. He is someone with great conviction and commitment to the local community.  

“The Tweed will have a clear choice come next March – a government that puts Sydney stadiums first or Labor which will always put community safety, schools and hospitals before stadiums.  

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate Craig Elliot

“As a former frontline police officer I know first-hand that our Tweed police do a great job but the National Party cuts is putting community safety at risk”

“It is an honour to be selected as Labor’s candidate for the Tweed and I look forward to holding the Liberal-National Government to account for their cuts to our Police force.”