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What appears to be the title of a new movie is actually a quirk of the result of the Ballot draw for MidCoast Council elections. 11 Groups or teams are contesting the election and were allocated a position on the ballot paper from A-K

Len Roberts and his team drew the first or “A” group position on the ballot paper.  One of the candidates in the “A” team is Ian “Elvis” Davis. Ian, a hot rod enthusiast, licensed coach builder and owner of RodBods at Nabiac, gained the nickname in his teens when he turned up at a hot rod meeting with the sideburns and hairdo and an uncanny resemblance to Elvis Presley. The larrikins at the meet immediately nicknamed him “Elvis” and the name has stuck ever since.

Len put together a very formidable and capable team for the election. “Gaining position “A” on the paper meant that we can claim the status of being the ‘A’ team”, he said, “and when you look at the credentials, experience and ability of our team, then the ‘A” Team is most appropriate.”

Len was deputy mayor of the former Great Lakes Council and has extensive

experience in local government having served on Blacktown City Council for 10 years and Great Lakes Council for 16 yrs. He is as a consulting archaeologist, pastor of Tea Gardens Baptist Church and volunteers as the CEO of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council where he has steered that council into a very strong financial position.

Well-known local identity and businesswoman Alacoque Welsh is also on the team. “I am standing to support Len”, said Alacoque, “I know I have a very slim possibility of being elected but we all must do what we can if we are to have a voice on the new council.”   Alacoque served 12 years as a Councillor on Tamworth City Council, including a term as Deputy Mayor and understands the importance of having good councillors. “Great Lakes appears to have been punished for being a good council, and had to amalgamate to save the other councils,“ added Alacoque, “ We must all get behind Len and work to see that he and others from our team get elected. I know Len worked really hard to find the land for our new Bridge Club centre at Hawks Nest. If we do not have a voice on council then our area will become poorer for it.”

Adding his support to Len is Arthur Baker, the well-known, loveable larrikin from Bulahdelah. Arthur runs Bakers Towing and Auto Centre and understands firsthand the importance of good roads and bridges. Arthur, along with others in the community, has been the driving force behind the Lions Park and the establishment of the RV friendly status of the town. He is currently working to establish an adventure park at the base of Bulahdelah Mountain. Arthur is a tireless community worker and recently received an OAM for his dedication to the community.  “I am standing to help Len not only because I want to”, said Arthur,


“also because my wife said I must”. “Do you think that people from Taree and Forster are going to consider Bulahdelah?” Len has done more for this town than people realise and we need to stand with him. Even if he disagrees with us, he always listens and tries his best to get things done.”

Also Joining Len on the team is Cliff Hoare a retired distinguished and decorated policeman from Harrington. Stephen Moy, well known businessman from Tuncurry and Ronald Craig, a teacher at Taree Christian College. Ronald grew up in Tea Gardens and his parents still live here.

The Len Roberts Team

is truly the “A” team.