Donaldson a jewel in Mayoral race

RETIRED businessman John Donaldson has declared his hand as he runs for Mayor at next month's Coffs Harbour City Council elections.

If elected, Mr Donaldson has promised a more transparent Council and provide platforms for greater community consultation.

The former owner of Donaldson's Jewellers proposes to hold six monthly open community meetings between the Coffs Harbour City Council and the Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Corindi/Red Rock and Coramba communities to discuss ideas and to put resolutions to Council for consideration.

Mr Donaldson, who is running alongside Nan Cowling for the September 8 election, said such meetings provide a wealth of ideas never thought of before that can benefit the community.

"I feel that there are a vast number of ideas and suggestions out in the community that we never hear of in Council," Mr Donaldson said.

"Simply because people with the ideas and suggestions quite often don't have the time or the inclination to get involved or perhaps they have never been asked."

Mr Donaldson is no stranger to local government having served for more than 20 years as a Councillor in Glen Innes including time as Deputy Mayor.

He said he was moved to stand for Coffs Harbour's top job by the community's attitude to the current Council.

"There is a lack of enthusiasm in the community towards the Council," he said.

"Now that I am retired from business, I can contribute in a very meaningful way to Council, by encouraging greater transparency, vision, enthusiasm, greater communication, and listening and discussing the concerns you have."

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