Clifford Harrigan

Few people have gone from being very successful entertainers to pursue a career in politics.

Clifford Harrigan had a successful career as a musician with the Black Image band from Cooktown.

His drive to do something for this father's traditional land drove him to get into local government.

Born in Cairns in 1974, Clifford Harrigan's traditional country is Gugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji.

Clifford attended school in Cooktown but left half way through year eight.

By the age of 13 he had travelled around Australia four times over an 11 month period with the Brian Young Country Western music show.

In 1992, Clifford moved to Adelaide to attend university where he completed an Associate Diploma of Aboriginal Studies and Music, graduating as a qualified music teacher.

After graduation, Clifford visited Japan for three weeks, where he attended a Music Festival in Osaka and performed on stage, playing the drums and singing.

"This trip was a big eye-opener in terms of broadening my understanding of another culture and new foods," said Clifford.

"In 1995 I toured with the Brian Young show again, and other artists such as the late Jimmy Little, Troy Casser Daly and Frankie Yamma."

In 2012 he decided to contest in the local government elections for Mayor and was elected by a large majority of the community.

"One of the reasons I stood for Mayor was because I wanted a change in career, but also I wanted to do something for the Wujal Wujal people and contribute to my father's country." Clifford said.

The people who most influenced him during his life have been his Father, Ron Harrigan, his Mother, Rose Harrigan and his two Grandfathers, Roy Dick and Jack Harrigan.

His plan for the future is to give priority to his responsibilities as Mayor.

"If this first term goes well I may stand again in 2016, and I want to maintain my role in the Black Image band," he said.

Clifford has always advised young people to never give up on their goals or what they want to achieve.

"You can still be something even if you finish school early - it all comes down to hard work." Clifford says.

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