Which current councillors will nominate for election again?

TIME OUT: Former Glen Innes Mayor Steve Toms is one of three current councillors who will not be nominating for election to Glen Innes Severn Council in September.
TIME OUT: Former Glen Innes Mayor Steve Toms is one of three current councillors who will not be nominating for election to Glen Innes Severn Council in September.

Two former mayors who are both long-serving councillors are among those currently on Glen Innes Severn Council who will not be standing for election this September.

Cr Colin Price was first elected to Glen Innes Severn Council in 2004 and was the deputy mayor from September 2006 to September 2012, and then mayor until September 2016.

Cr Price said most of the important projects had been achieved.

"We made the council financially viable and fit for the future, which saved us from amalgamation with Tenterfield," he said.

"We also solved the water crisis and rejuvenated the main street, which was always something I wanted to do. The overwhelming majority of people now support it even if they didn't when it was being constructed. The construction of the Rail Trail will also be a lasting legacy."

Colin Price says the most important Glen Innes Severn Council projects have been achieved.

Colin Price says the most important Glen Innes Severn Council projects have been achieved.

Steve Toms was a councillor and former mayor of Glen Innes Severn Council from 2004 to 2012. He was then re-elected to the council in September 2016, where he held the position of mayor from September 2016 to September 2018. Cr Toms said he would not be nominating, but he wants to stay involved with a couple of projects.

"I've now served three terms of council, and two were very functional and constructive," he said.

"This council has done its best to get things done, but it hasn't always been able to tap into all of the resources on offer.

"I'm hoping to continue to support the development of the Rail Trail project and the Australian Standing Stones and Celtic Festival."

Glenn Frendon is adamant he will not nominate again. Cr Frendon was elected to Glen Innes Severn Council in September 2016 but said he could not believe how he has been treated in the last five years.

"I joined the council to try to make it better, and all that has happened for me since I became a councillor is that I've been accused falsely of corruption, and every time I open my mouth, I'm told I've got a conflict of interest," he said.

"I'm absolutely amazed that people can be treated this way, and there is no thanks."

Both Cr Sparks and Cr Newman will nominate for election this September.

The current mayor of Glen Innes was elected to Glen Innes Severn Council in September 2016, where she held the position of deputy mayor from September 2016 to September 2018.

Cr Sparks said she was running again to 'be a steady hand in a rocky world'.

Cr Newman was a councillor on the former Severn Shire Council. After the amalgamation of Severn Shire and Glen Innes Municipal Council in 2004, she was elected to the newly formed Glen Innes Severn Council. Cr Newman was re-elected to Glen Innes Severn Council in September 2016.

"I thrive on representing my community, and I want to give it one more shot," Cr Newman said.

Cr Andrew Parsons was elected as a councillor in September 2012 and for a second term in September 2016. He has registered to nominate for election again.

Jeff Smith was elected to Glen Innes Severn Council in September 2016, and he says he is undecided if he will nominate to stand again.

"I will tell you on August 4," he told the Examiner.