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April 18, 2021

Controversial Pottsville Men’s Shed DA outsourced

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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


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  1. This situation is a sign of the times. Devolvement of the responsibility for public interest to private enterprise so the Department can claim “no responsibility” if matter goes wrong.

    Government functions are increasingly being seconded to “service providers” that have been selected by the department to provide the answer it wants. Not what the public deserves.

  2. When a society has men’s sheds dotted all over it, it means we have a sick economy and that leads back to a sick society. If this local society had good leaders there would be no need for men’s sheds and men would be well in their head.
    What we need are leaders who will fix the local economy.
    The economy is crook and that is why Woolworths was mooted for Murwillumbah.
    What happened there?


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