Former administrator of the Clarence Valley Council, Neil Payne, may stand for election as a councillor, hoping to fill the vac
Former administrator of the Clarence Valley Council, Neil Payne, may stand for election as a councillor, hoping to fill the vac

PAYNE IN FRAME

By SALLY GORDON

FORMER Clarence Valley Council administrator Neil Payne is considering throwing his name in the ring for the upcoming by-election.

Fresh from a 12-month break, the former mayor and deputy mayor of the now defunct Copmanhurst council, says he's fully invigorated and ready to take on a new challenge.

"I'm thinking about it seriously at this stage, I haven't made my mind up for sure," he said.

"I was talking about it to someone today (Monday) and I only have a week or so to make my mind up."

Nominations for the Valley Council's by-election officially open today.

The call for prospective councillors follows the death of Cr Joy Mathews who died on June 1 after a protracted battle with a brain tumour.

The council by-election will be conducted by the State Electoral Office on Saturday, August 26.

Over the past week, the names of a number of former Clarence councillors and candidates from the local government elections in 2005 have cropped up as potential candidates.

Mr Payne finished up as Clarence Valley Council administrator in March 2005 and said he'd have no qualms about switching from administrator to councillor.

"It'd be no different to me. I was a councillor for 12 years before I was in that position and I

was mayor and deputy mayor over those 12 years at Copmanhurst so I know exactly what to expect as a councillor," he said.

"At the end of the day you have to work with all your councillors, it's as simple as that."

Mr Payne said he was now in the situation where he had more time to spend on council activities as he was fully retired from his previous obligations as an insurance manager.



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