Councillors throw their cards on the table
FIVE councillors have so far provided information declaring their personal and private interests for the Clarence Valley Council's ordinary meeting later this month.
The Local Government Act requires each of the nine new councillors to submit details of any pecuniary interests to council within three months of their election.
So far Mayor Ian Tiley, Deputy Mayor Shirley Adams, Cr Doug McKenzie, Cr Joy Mathews and Cr Fred Morgan have provided the necessary information. Each of the councillors has declared ownership of property in the Clarence Valley.
Cr Morgan topped the list, owning eight separate lots mainly around the Yugilbar and Copmanhurst parishes.
The chief sources of income for Cr Mathews, Cr Adams and Cr McKenzie were their councillor salaries.
Only Cr Tiley and Cr Morgan had noteworthy alternative sources of income from other occupations. Cr Tiley declared income as proprietor of a disabled student school bus and fees derived from his position on the board of the Northern Rivers Regional Development Board (NRRDB). Cr Morgan derived income outside his role as councillor as a partner in a cattle grazing business, FT Morgan Holdings, and directorship of two other businesses, Fred Morgan Pty Ltd and Dawnmast Pty Ltd.
Some declared membership or positions held with organisations outside of council.
Cr Mathews is a director of Maclean's Clarence Medical Centre; Cr Tiley holds positions on the NRRDB board and the Northern Rivers Area Consultative Committee board, each providing Cr Tiley allowances for business-related travel around NSW.
Cr McKenzie also declared membership of the Port of Yamba Historical Society.
Councillors Chris Gulaptis, Terry Flanagan, Kerry Lloyd and Richie Williamson are yet to declare their interests.