Councillors toast cherished colleague
By SALLY GORDON
BUSINESS papers remained unopened at council's monthly meeting on Tuesday, as councillors hung their heads in prayer for deceased colleague Joy Mathews.
Joy, 61, died on June 1, after a long and courageous battle with a brain tumor.
The former councillor had spent 15 years in local government, and was well known across the North Coast for her professional achievements in public life.
Before the start of Tuesday's meeting, councillors spent about 20 minutes reflecting on their time spent with Joy.
A commemorative prayer, called Precious Memories, read by Father Peter Catt, started proceedings.
Deputy mayor Shirley Adams issued a heartfelt thank you to Joy on behalf of Clarence Valley residents who had been touched by Joy's spirit to make a difference.
"There have been a number of moving tributes to Joy Mathews, she was an outstanding person, an outstanding lady and I would like to say thank you to Joy on behalf of all the people she assisted over the many years," Cr Ad- ams said.
"Thank you, well done and bravo."
Cr Chris Gulaptis said that even though Joy and he had been on the opposite end of the political spectrum, they had a tremendous time together on council and were happy to agree to disagree.
He said Joy was a people person who brought a sense of balance to the council.
"She never let people down at all ... her phone was always available for any person at any hour," Cr Gulaptis said.
"The balance Joy brought to council was so significant."
Other councillors spoke of Joy's selflessness and commitment to community projects.
Councillors also formally recognised the passing of former Lower Clarence County Council general manager Ellis Butters.