A career dedicated to service

I STARTED my high school days in Canberra in 1975, attending Weston Creek High School and finishing at Stirling College.

In 1981, I joined the Australian Army where I served my country for more than five years.

I then completed a stint in the property industry on the North Coast of NSW before moving to Adelaide in 1989 to take up a role with the Australian Taxation Office.

I subsequently moved to Canberra with my wife where I have happily worked across a range of industries, raising my two children in Tuggeranong.

In 2014, after 25 years in the public service, I decided to embrace change and take the opportunity to leave the APS.

For the past two years I have been working as consultant for the Commonwealth Government.


Matthew Deans

I have been lucky to lead a comfortable life but I am anxious for the future of my children.

My recent retirement from the APS allowed me the opportunity to reflect on my career and family life.

The consistent theme has been service: service in the military, working to advance the public interest in the APS, and managing the joys and challenges of being a parent.

My primary skills are in the fields of property management, financial planning, project management and strategic planning.

These skills are strengthened by an unerring desire to make the Coffs Harbour a better place to live.

Over the years I have become disillusioned as have many others with our local members and the performance of our local assembly.

Many of my friends, family and work colleagues have complained about the lack of ability and willingness of our elected representatives to actually push for the interests of their constituents.

There is only one party that guarantees that it will never vote for a tax increase.

There is only one party that guarantees that it truly cares about personal freedoms.

And there is only one party that will work actively to push back against the nanny state.

The Liberal Democrats are that party and I will work for your vote.