News

Williamson returns as mayor

Richie Williamson has been returned as Clarence Valley Mayor for 2012-13.
Richie Williamson has been returned as Clarence Valley Mayor for 2012-13. Jojo Newby

UPDATE 10PM: Observers were hardly surprised to see Richie Williamson restored as Clarence Valley Mayor on Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over Karen Toms at 4.04pm - four minutes after the meeting began at the Maclean chambers.

The vote for deputy mayor was, however, far more intriguing with four councillors - Margaret McKenna, Andrew Baker, Craig Howe and Jeremy Challacombe - putting their hands up for the post.

Just like the mayoral vote, the votes of councillors were kept private.

After the first round the vote tallies were McKenna 1, Challacombe 1, Baker 3 and Howe 4. Cr McKenna and Cr Challacombe's names were "thrown into a hat" before Cr McKenna's name was removed to eliminate her from the next round. The second round saw councillors Howe and Baker with four votes and Cr Challacombe with one, eliminating him from the contest.

The next vote placed Cr Howe back in the deputy mayor's chair - five votes to Cr Baker four.

The council's Environment, Economic and Community Committee now consists of councillors Sue Hughes, Margaret McKenna, Craig Howe and Andrew Baker.

The Civil and Corporate Committee consists of councillors Jeremy Challacombe, Jason Kingsley, Karen Toms and Jim Simmons.

The first real topic to come before the newly elected Clarence Valley Council - new parking spaces for recreational vehicles in Grafton - resulted in extensive debate.

Cr Karen Toms objected to the wording of the report councillors were being asked to vote on, which, she said, implied that the council had agreed to become a designated RV (recreational vehicle) Friendly Town - an accredi- tation granted by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).

"I attended a meeting with the group (CMCA) at the Grafton chambers on the 23rd of March, 2010 and I haven't seen any mention of it since and now, here we are being asked to vote on it. When did we decide as a council to do this?" she asked.

Deputy general manager Des Schroder, who signed off on the report, explained further details on the issue but had to concede that it was an initiative of council staff rather than a vote of council that had prompted the push to an RV Town.

Cr Sue Hughes said she could not believe the issue was being debated when there was clear benefit for the community.

The motion to support the introduction of RV parking at three Grafton locations was supported by all councillors except Karen Toms and Andrew Baker.

Topics:  clarence valley council, craig howe, karen toms, richie williamson




Lovin' and scrubbin' best friends to help local family

Lahnie Shannon-Good with "Duke" in the Love'm Scrub'm grooming salon.

A local dog washing business helps a family through tough times.

Confirmed: Rivers comes running back to Grafton

Boxing Day Fun: The public goes wild at Rivers.Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Rivers to take up 400 sq m of retail space in Grafton Shoppingworld.

Yamba to chase holy grail on home soil

The Yamba Men's Bowling Club number 3 Pennant side is ready to defend home turf as the State Bowls Titles are held in Yamba and Maclean this weekend.

Lower Clarence clubs hosts No.3 State Pennants finals

Latest deals and offers

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lohan reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire

Dyer returns to Grafton after Lifetime release

BACK IN TOWN: Melanie Dyer plays the Clocktower on Friday night at 8.30pm.

The Voice 2012 contestant is heading to the Clocktower Hotel

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started