Assessment of the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed development application to construct a temporary facility at Black Rocks sports field has been outsourced to a private consultancy at ratepayers’ expense.
Tweed councillors Longland, Polglase, Byrne and Youngblutt voted for the consultancy, as a matter of urgency, to return their assessment by 6 August 2015, when approval may be granted.
In a letter to Tweed Shire Council (19 February 2015), Office of Environment and Heritage requested that there be no changes to the access and use of the sports field until a study into koalas, their habitat usage and the threats operating in the surrounding area is completed.
This will ensure that decisions are based on accurate and up-to-date ecological data. However, a decision on the use of this sports field (i.e. Men’s Shed) is on track to be made before this study has been completed.
There is no rush for the Men’s Shed to be approved as they have recently been able to set up a temporary site at the Pottsville Primary School for two-to-three years or maybe indefinitely.
Also a permanent site has been identified for them by council staff at the Barry Sheppard sports field, but the Men’s Shed refuse to go there.
I encourage your readers to contact council ([email protected]) requesting a deferral of decisions regarding approval of the Men’s Shed until the above study is completed.
David Norris, president Threatened Species Conservation Society, Pottsville