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Tweed National Party Crs Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt’s recent claims in the media that I only voted for Cr Barry Longland for mayor as a deal for the Sheoak Shack at Fingal Head are complete rubbish, but typical of their desperate attempts to undermine this now, slightly progressive, council.

There was nothing unusual in my vote for Cr Longland. I have voted for Cr Longland for mayor every year he had any chance of being elected, which has been four times out of six.

It was highly inappropriate of Crs Polglase and Youngblutt to promote such baseless smear propaganda. All it shows is that these two councillors either have great trouble adding up and remembering my voting patterns, or have very little regard for the truth.

Perhaps it’s the way these two councillors operate and expect others to operate, but I stand for honesty and integrity and, for the record, I have never advocated for the Sheoak Shack with Cr Longland.

It is Cr Polglase’s actions that need to be continually scrutinised for it was him, and his then pro-development team, that caused the councillors to be sacked in 2005 for deceiving the community and being in bed with developers.

It seems to me little has changed, except that now he’s in a minority, it looks like he and his developer team backers are actually trying to get the council dismissed, as is evident in the continual slandering about the legal dismissal of the ex-general manager.

It seems he would rather have no councillors at all and put Tweed Council in the hands of his state government Coalition colleagues, again depriving the community of elected representatives, than be without total control.

Cr Katie Milne, Carool


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