Michael Armstrong, deputy mayor, Tweed Shire Council
Tweed Council held an extraordinary meeting last Friday to consider the rescission motion moved by Councillors Polglase, Youngblutt, and Byrne to remove the Tweed Vegetation Management Strategy and the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study from being treated as submissions for consideration in preparing the final draft Tweed Shire Local Environment Plan (LEP).
Let there be no doubt, the NSW state government is attempting to railroad local councils, to rip from local communities the right to determine our own planning controls, and to strip away vital environment protections right across the north coast. This is about the NSW government wanting development to go unchecked right throughout the Tweed Shire and the north coast.
After seeing the consequences of such an LEP for the Tweed shire, our community has said clearly that we will not simply accept the demands of the Sydney government.
While the local state National Party MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George stay meekly silent and ignore our community’s wishes, I am proud to have stood together with mayor Barry Longland, and councillors Milne and Bagnall to voice local concerns and to confirm the importance our community place on environmental protection.