Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis. Adam Hourigan

Gulaptis sworn in and on job

THE honour and responsibility of his new role sunk in for Chris Gulaptis about 2.15pm at Friday's sitting of NSW Parliament when he was sworn in as the Member for Clarence.

As his wife Vicki watched proudly from the gallery, Mr Gulaptis said he looked around the chamber and was humbled when he thought about the history and decisions made in the place he will spend his time fighting for the Clarence.

Shortly after he was sworn in question time commenced and Mr Gulaptis said he asked his first question as an MP to Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.

"I asked him what the NSW Government had done for Clarence since the election and other related matters," he said.

Mr Gulaptis said his primary focus as Member for Clarence would be to see that the O'Farrell Government continues to deliver for the Clarence.

Yesterday was his first official day on the job and after the initial administrative duties of getting email, phone and computer sorted out, Mr Gulaptis got to work on his "new challenge".

When he walked into his Prince St office yesterday morning Mr Gulaptis said he still felt humbled to be elected, but couldn't wait to get behind the desk and get to work on solving the problems faced by his constituents and the electorate.

Mr Gulaptis said the new Grafton bridge, the Pacific Highway upgrade, law enforcement in Casino and the Lower Clarence, health and employment, especially in Grafton after recent job losses, were key issues he would focus on.

He said as the communities in the electorate are so diverse and face different issues, he would be spending a lot of time travelling and talking to locals about what issues are important to them.

He said his focus in Parliament will be to push strongly for funding on issues facing the Clarence electorate.