He grew up in Newcastle where he attended university, obtained a science degree and then worked as a geologist in the building and construction industry. He maintains his professional qualifications in this field.
David lives at Ourimbah in the heart of The Entrance electorate with partner Deanne and has lived in the Central Coast Region for almost 30 years.
He has three children who attend local public schools and work in the region.
David is committed to seeing the Central Coast treated as a region separate from Greater Sydney and Newcastle. He led the campaign to have the Central Coast recognised as a distinct regional locality in 2005.
From the opposition benches of parliament David has fought to see the Central Coast and The Entrance get its fair share. As a result, the electorate has seen upgrades to all its railway stations with work commenced on lifts at Tuggerah Station despite opposition from the Liberal State Government. David continues to advocate for progress on the Pacific Highway and for a better network of footpaths on the Central Coast. With his Labor colleagues on the Central Coast, he was part of the community campaign which stopped the privatisation of our local public hospitals.
He wants to make the Central Coast better and fairer for all.