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It’s baffling that the general manager of Tweed Shire Council is making a big deal of two councillors’ photographing polluted waterways (‘red sludge’) on a council quarry.

Council already knew there was something not right on this land because they received notice from the EPA. Apparently they have only just started work on containing the contaminants, which has been a problem for years. So why the secretiveness? Would they prefer it was hidden, out of sight of the ratepayers? Why shoot the messengers, who are just bringing the extent of the situation to light?

Clearly something needs to be fixed quickly but it’s not the councillors!

While Council is up in arms about trespassing by councillors on Council land, they fail to see the hypocrisy of Council rangers trespassing onto Cr Gary Bagnall’s property at election time to remove his own election signs.

Kudos to Cr Bagnall and Cr Milne for investigating this issue. While some may say that they work for Council and therefore should be part of the cover-up, others would say they work for the community (ie ratepayers) and are just doing their job. I would agree with the latter.

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