Hi, I’m Alan Baker and I’m running for Legislative Council in Tasmania.
I am a married father of two, who has been living in the Derwent Valley for just over one year. As a relatively new member of the Derwent Valley community I believe I will bring a fresh set of independent eyes to legislative council. I want our children, and all members of the community, to live in a place that is supportive, well managed and offers fantastic opportunities for all. I believe that small businesses are essential for the growth of our community and need some help to truly thrive. Educational opportunities are absolutely vital to the future of our children. The Derwent Valley is a beautiful place and its residents deserve to have the same opportunities as those in any other area of Tasmania, and Australia.
I grew up on the East Cost of Tasmania, but relocated to Hobart to complete my education. Then at the completion of my college education, I returned to the East Coast and worked as a part time builder, as a volunteer firefighter and in the family business until I was able to secure an IT Traineeship in New Town.
In 2004 I relocated to Hobart to start my career. I spent 4 years working in a government high school until I moved into my current position as an IT consultant.
I met my wonderful wife Rachel around this time and we started our lives together.
We brought a house in Moonah and started raising our family, two wonderful girls (5 and 3). Then in early 2014, after 12 months of looking, we were able to find a fantastic property on the outskirts of New Norfolk. Making this change has been the best thing for my family, the space, the people, the air, the environment – it’s just fantastic!
I have taken the leap into politics at the 11th hour to ensure that the Derwent area has a true independent voice and a choice. I don’t feel that it’s right that nobody else was going to stand against the incumbent, so I took the stand.
My views on politics are not political. I want to be able to help people, to ensure that the right things are happening in the Derwent area, and the greater Tasmanian area. I want to be able to provide my children, and all children, the best possible chances in life. The best way to do this is with a good education, but not just that, a good family life and community spirit too. Our eldest child started school this year, and we are so excited about what this is bringing into our lives. The vibrant community of the school is fantastic, and I am really looking forward to getting more involved with the school and the community as our children grow up.
Given that my children are now starting school and becoming more independent, I have more time to do the things again that drive me. The last 12 months I have spent starting to transform our small home into a farm and small orchard. I think it’s important for children to understand how the world works. Where food comes from, and how hard people have to work to make it. We pride ourselves on explaining everything to our children if they ask. We often end up with strange conversations about things, but this a great way for them to learn, first hand.
As a true independent I stand for you, regardless of your political party preferences. I will provide you with a voice so you can be heard. I will be the change.