Former Alderman Bob Lye considers second tilt at running for council

A FORMER Logan council Alderman is considering throwing his hat in the ring for next year's local government election.

POSSIBLE CONTENDER: Bob Lye is considering his options ahead of Local Government elections in March next year. Photo: Jacob Wilson

POSSIBLE CONTENDER: Bob Lye is considering his options ahead of Local Government elections in March next year. Photo: Jacob Wilson

The council is currently under the administration of Tamara O'Shea who was appointed by Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.

Logan City Council was dissolved because eight councillors, including mayor Luke Smith were charged with integrity offences.

Chambers Flat resident Bob Lye, 77, was first elected to council in 1985 and was chairman of the town planning committee.

Mr Lye was voted out in 1988 and blamed his loss on the preferential voting system.

"I was cheated. Normally if you get outed you are gone in the first two counts. In the third transfer I was winning, fourth transfer I was still winning, and fifth count I was still winning," he said.

"The guy who was coming second gave his preferences to someone else and I was gone."

Mr Lye is considering a tilt at division nine which Phil Pidgeon represented before the Crime and Corruption Commission charged him with an integrity offence relating to the dismissal of former CEO Sharon Kelsey.

Building height restrictions were identified as an important issue.

"We don't need 30 storey buildings...it is an eyesore," Mr Lye said.

"If you have 30 storey buildings you will end up like Paramatta with 1.5 million people living in an area the size of Logan."

He opposes council's approved site for a sewage treatment plant on the Eastern end of Pleasant View Drive, near the strawberry farm.

Mr Lye told the Jimboomba Times he was not too old for the job.

"How do I know that? Because most politicians in parliament aren't far behind me," he said.

"The president of the United States is a few years younger than me and the bloke running to be president of the United States is 78

Mr Lye said he did not belong to any political party but declared he was voting for the LNP's Bert van Manen in the seat of Forde.

If he chooses to run it would be as an independent.

Local government elections will be held in March next year.

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