Toby to stand for Labor

Toby Warnes
Toby Warnes

Toby Warnes, of Byron Bay, will be Labor’s candidate for Ballina at the March 26 State election.

The 23-year-old is a relative newcomer to politics, but says he can bring a bit of ‘fresh blood’ to the local electorate.

“I think I can offer a fresh start in this area,” he said.

Mr Warnes grew up in Byron Bay and attended Byron Bay Public School and Byron High.

 He then worked for a year at a local bottleshop before enrolling at Southern Cross University.

He moved to Sydney to continue his studies and is currently in the final semester of a Law and Arts degree.

Mr Warnes said he is passionate about public education.

“I also think transport, especially in the Byron area, is inadequate. I mean, the bus system – when it gets past about six o’clock at night it shuts down,” he said.

Mr Warnes will be contesting the seat against the incumbent, Don Page, of the Nationals, Simon Richardson for the Greens and Independent Karen Kolbe. Don Page currently enjoys a margin of nearly 15 per cent.

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