R Finn, Tyalgum
Developer-sponsored councillors have sometimes determined the fate of Tweed Shire and residents are left to live in the mess. For those of us wanting a better future for our region, the local elections hold some promise for change.
Our attention should not be distracted, however, from the NSW government’s new planning system (Green Paper) with its submissions closing very soon after the election. While embellished with tantalising buzzwords to ensure our collusion, it dismantles our rights to elected representatives having a say on planning decisions at the local level. Sounds good perhaps, given the history of corruption witnessed in the Tweed, for example, but hey – someone voted for them and that can be changed!