Council to elect new mayor

TONIGHT'S meeting of Clarence Valley Council is likely to be interesting, to say the least.

At an extraordinary council meeting in Maclean this afternoon, the first matter to be decided is the election of a mayor.

Richie Williamson, who was elected mayor two years ago, is facing a challenge from former mayor Ian Tiley.

Cr Tiley held the mayor's job prior to Cr Williamson being elected and announced last week he wanted to have another crack at it.

Following that, councillors will elect the deputy mayor.

Cr Jim Simmons is likely to stand for the position again, but at this stage it is unknown whether he will face any challengers.

After those matters are concluded, council's Ordinary Meeting will decide on matters including an application by Daly International, on behalf of Optus, to erect a tele–communications tower at Nymboida.

The proposed tower has not been subject to quite the same controversy as towers previously proposed by Optus for Iluka and Brooms Head, however, council has received a number of submissions opposing the tower.

The development application for the long-awaited GP Superclinic at Grafton looks set to get the nod tonight, despite some residents' concerns about increased traffic.

However, for the clinic to get the go-ahead, the DA requires approval for a subdivision on the Clarence Street site and the relocation of a bus interchange.

Another important matter before council tonight is the draft Clarence Valley Local Environment Plan 2010.

According to council officers, the draft Clarence Valley LEP 2010 was significant because, for the first time the Clarence Valley area would have a single planning instrument.

The document would replace the six LEPS that currently operate in the Valley.

It is claimed the LEP would bring planning controls into line with the State Government's Standard Instrument.

The long-running issue of a full-size supermarket for Maclean is also before council today.

The potential new site in the Centenary Drive car park found favour with Crs Williamson, Simmons, Dinham and Toms when council's civil and corporate committee last met.

If the site gets the go-ahead at tonight's meeting, council would then seek submissions through an extensive public consultation process.

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