BUSINESSMAN and former Derwent Valley Council citizen of the year Justin Derksen has been named as one of the Liberal Party’s six candidates for Lyons at the May 1 State Election.
Mr Derksen, who also serves as an officer in the army cadets, will join sitting members Guy Barnett, Mark Shelton and John Tucker on the Liberal Party’s ticket for the division of Lyons, along with Meander Valley councillors Susie Bower and Stephanie Cameron. Mr Derksen appears to to be the only candidate based in the south of Lyons.
His New Norfolk-based business, Crusader Homes, has won many accolades in recent years and his family has branched out into alcohol production through its New Norfolk Distillery. He was a keynote speaker at this year’s Derwent Valley Council Australia Day event and was invited by mayor Ben Shaw to perform the flag-raising ceremony at the same event.
Premier Peter Gutwein announced the Liberal Party’s full suite of candidates for the State Election earlier today, including all 12 sitting members and 16 new candidates. Labor is yet to name its candidates and the only other confirmed starter in Lyons is the Tasmanian Greens’ Liz Johnstone.