Jeff McCloy will run for lord mayor of Newcastle

PROMINENT developer Jeff McCloy has signalled his intention to run for lord mayor of Newcastle joining a long list of candidates.

The millionaire Belmont businessman is on holidays in Singapore but decided yesterday to run for Newcastle City Council’s top job.

Mr McCloy spoke to the Newcastle Herald this morning and said he would be asking others to back his campaign when he returns from Singapore.

He said he was motivated to stand after a recent visit to Tamworth.

‘‘The shops were full. I felt that it can’t be that hard,’’ he said.

‘‘The physical face of Hunter Street, I think that’s a good place to start.

‘‘I don’t understand why nothing has happened there.’’

Mr McCloy said he would properly manage conflicts from his development interests, and said more like-minded people were needed on the council.

"If the people want change, I believe I can bring that change.’’

It is understood Mr McCloy intends to donate any salary he would earn in the position of lord mayor to charity.

Mr McCloy’s opposition for the position will come from a group called the ‘‘Clean Sweep’’ team headed by former Macquarie Generation human resources manager Col Peebles.

Other declared candidates include Nuatali Nelmes (Labor), John Sutton (Greens) and independents Scott Sharpe and Aaron Buman.

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