Key issues for council candidate
JIM Simmons was born and raised in Grafton.
These days Mr Simmons is an accountant in public practice and resides downriver in Maclean.
He has served on Clarence Valley Council for nine years.
Mr Simmons sees the need to create economic activity and jobs as high priorities for Clarence Valley Council.
Mr Simmons would work towards restructuring the council's tourism board and its economic development unit.
"I think there is a need for the tourism board and the economic development unit to review their structure and activities," Mr Simmons said.
"There is probably a need for the tourism and the economic development unit to work more closely together... that is an issue for the incoming councillors. I think the economic development officers need to get out and about and go to managers of businesses where they feel there may be some opportunity to move to the Valley."
While Mr Simmons is keen to attract new businesses he does not favour a rate holiday across all sectors of the Clarence's economy.
"I think a rates holiday is not the sole answer and I think most current councillors would probably feel that way," he said.
"There are a lot of issues to address and what has been done by Council to help them in their current situation. I think the rates issue is one item, but I think it goes further than that."
He also said any council assistance for business would have to take into account existing businesses.