Woods out from the wilderness in new role

BY ADRIAN MILLER and UTE SHULENBERG

FORMER Clarence MP and Minister for Local Government, Harry Woods, has reinvented himself as a consultant.

Mr Woods, who has kept a low profile since retiring from politics in 2003, has offered his consultancy services to Nambucca Shire Council, which voted to use his skills in dealing with ministers.

Mr Woods was Federal Member for Page from 1990-1996, and was the State Member for Clarence from 1996-2003.

At the most recent Nambucca Shire Council meeting, where it was voted to use Mr Woods' consultancy services, general manager Tom Port said he had already held initial discussions with him.

Mr Port said the close relationship the consultancy services could develop with ministers would benefit the shire when having to deal with the Carr Government, and in particular, ministers.

However concerns were raised at the meeting when two councillors disputed the motion.

Cr Sue Nash said she was worried about the costs of employing a consultant.

Cr Paula Flack said she was uncomfortable with the recommendation because such positions were usually put out for tender.

"No costing, no tender, no way," she said. "I am not sure we actually need a consultant to speak to a minister."



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