I was born in Germany in 1966 and migrated to Australia in 1983. My wife and I have been living in Rockdale since 1994 when we bought our house here. We have four children.
I frequently ride the bicycle path from West Botany Road, past the Spring Street Wetland, through the M5 underpass and past the habitat of the Green and Golden Bell Frog.
I have been involved in politics in a minor way for years. Before 2016, this amounted essentially to writing letters to newspapers and to members of parliament. But in 2016 I decided to step up my involvement. I contested the federal electorate of Barton as an independent. I achieved 2.55% which wasn't as much as I had hoped for but enough to avoid embarassment. Prior to the election campaign I had no idea that I was cycling past the Arncliffe GGBF habitat all the time. But during the campaign, a campaigner for the GGBF showed me the site.
My main motivation in politics is to protect our quality of life for our children and grandchildren. A big part of that is preserving the environment generally, but particularly in the areas where we live and work.
I am a computer programmer. I also program in my own time. You can find some of my software and more campaign material at http://rasmustorkel.id.au.