RECENTLY-APPOINTED Clarence Valley Council open spaces manager Nigel Greenup has returned to the area for 'a challenge in team building'.
Mr Greenup said his task was to bring together staff from the four former local government areas to achieve a common goal ? the provision of first class facilities and a liveable environment across the Valley.
"I had an interest in coming back to the Clarence Valley ... the Tweed is a little bit too busy," he said.
"Cutting back to a simpler lifestyle is also a new challenge."
From 1991 to 1996 Mr Greenup held various positions, including parks supervisor for the former Grafton City Council, senior ranger and sub-district manager for National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), responsible for the national park areas surrounding Iluka, Angourie and Yamba.
He has been senior ranger on Lord Howe Island for the last seven years and has held the position of Tweed area manager with NPWS, based at Murwillumbah.
His wife Rosemary and children Emily, 17, Andrew, 15 and Alice, 12 ? who were born in Grafton ? are still based in Tweed Heads.
Mr Greenup holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in parks and recreation, a Diploma in Park Management, a Diploma in Horticulture and is currently studying towards a MBA in public sector management.
Mr Greenup's responsibilities include sports grounds, passive parks and reserves, street trees, playgrounds and beaches.