Field of zero for council vacancy
By SALLY GORDON
THE Clarence Valley Council by-election office remained eerily quiet yesterday despite the doors officially opening for prospective councillors to lodge nominations.
The grey-walled office at 69 Victoria Street Grafton was empty, bar a desk, a computer or two and two staff members.
Returning officer Ray Endean said that so far, no nominations had been received.
But he said he wasn't expecting any activity until after advertisements were placed in local newspapers.
A few former Clarence councillors have expressed publicly their interest in running for the vacant seat, including Lower River businessman Jim Simmons.
The accountant from Hamilton Simmons and Co at Maclean, said he hoped to have made his mind up by early next week.
Mr Simmons who served on the Maclean Shire Council for one term, was a member of the works and services committee, the Aboriginal consultative committee and a councillor on the floodplain management committee.
Mr Simmons said he was expecting strong community interest in the vacant council seat.