The man who would be mayor
By ADRIAN MILLER
Disappointed Gulaptis vows to be a team player
FRESH from his mayoral defeat at Tuesday's Clarence Valley Council meeting, councillor Chris Gulaptis yesterday still believed the Valley's voters would prefer him to lead council.
Cr Gulaptis said despite his narrow 5-4 defeat in the mayoral vote, the public felt he was the right man for the job.
"I believe that leadership is about looking at a whole host of things and I think it requires a mandate from the people," he said.
"I think you need to have that to run as leader and I was prompted to run because I had enormous support from the community.
"The community expected me to run and I would only run if I believed I could do a better job."
Cr Gulaptis said even though he lost, he would not become a destabilising influence on council.
"I consider myself to be part of the team and I'll put my nose down and tail up to work as hard as I can to ensure that we work efficiently," he said.
"Just because I believe I could be a better leader, five of the nine councilors don't, and I'll have to prove myself.
"I'm happy to prove myself, I'm happy to work hard in the best interests of the ratepayers, that's why I put my hand up at the start."
Cr Tiley said he was happy with the teamwork of the council and as mayor would look to further the interests of the community.
"We worked well together the first six months and I intend to continue to do that ... because it's all about the bigger picture of the team working for the people," he said.