Buman gets down and dirty in mayoral race

AARON Buman says he’ll do ‘‘real work’’ for the city if he wins next month’s Newcastle lord mayoral election – promising to help fill potholes, mow grass and clean drains.

Cr Buman admitted that his latest campaign pledge is a gimmick, but said it was designed to show voters that politicians ‘‘need to do more than just sit behind a desk’’.

If elected, he’ll earn a $73,000 ratepayer-funded salary partly by working for one day each month beside council outdoor staff.

Businessman and developer Jeff McCloy, who announced a campaign for lord mayor last week, has said he would donate the lord mayor’s fee to charity.

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Cr Buman said yesterday he was a tradesman at heart, and that was how he would approach fixing the city.

‘‘I’m happy to get my hands dirty if it means things are getting done,’’ Cr Buman said.

‘‘I want to show people that real communities work together to get things done, rather than just leaving it for someone else.’’

Cr Buman is also backing a notice of motion for tomorrow’s council meeting aimed at attracting a State of Origin match to Newcastle.

Council staff have recommended forming a committee, and working with industry and governments to attract major events to the city.

Cr Buman requested a working group be formed with the Newcastle Rugby League and Hunter Venues Authority to attract an Origin match.

‘‘I ask the question, how does a city like Melbourne attract a game that the locals really are not interested in?’’ Cr Buman’s motion said.

‘‘The economic benefits to the city would be enormous.

‘‘The cash injection to the city would offset the small investment in time to explore this proposal.’’

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