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Councillors’ environmental votes

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Scott Sledge, Kingscliff

I am happy to announce that Northern Rivers Guardians now tracks online Tweed Shire councillors’ votes on all environmentally related motions.

A table of how all councillors voted will appear after each council meeting to benefit those citizens who don’t have time to attend monthly council meetings to watch how important decisions governing our shire are made, or to read the minutes that follow (always available on council’s website after the event). Residents can now get a quick overview, month by month, by going to the NRG website.

Of Tweed Shire’s seven councillors, three consistently vote pro-environment (Cr Milne, Cr Bagnall, Cr Armstrong – although occasionally Cr Armstrong votes the other way) and three consistently vote anti-environment (Cr Polglase, Cr Youngblutt, Cr Byrne – with occasional votes the other way). Mayor Longland’s vote, therefore, can be a critical factor in deciding which motions affect our precious environment.

Mayor Barry Longland could be seen as Tweed Shire Council’s ‘wild card.’ He has publicly committed to ‘protect our environment’ yet sometimes makes key decisions to the contrary. For example, Mayor Longland voted against a ban of dogs in Leda Manorstead Pty Ltd’s massive proposed Kings Forest housing development, despite his stated desire to preserve the threatened habitat for the last of Tweed’s coastal koalas.

This table can be viewed at http://northernriversguardians.org/?page_id=4229.

If residents don’t like what they see, we recommend they contact Tweed councillors who are, after all, our local representatives.

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