Oh to be mayor!
Byron Shire has its ‘rose’, Tweed Shire has it’s ‘Barry’, it’s a familiar tale.
Cr Barry Longland was voted in on a progressive ticket with Greens Cr Katie Milne and Independent Gary Bagnall, our current mayor.
But a few years of fence sitting, changing spots, and alternating hues has completely changed our Barry.
With the annual September mayoral election up for grabs this week, he added one last bid for the ‘top job’ by aiding and abetting our very own, ‘Tweed Voters are Morons’ Cr Youngblutt and his ultra conservative mates, to fast track a contentious development at Mooball with a number of amendments.
These amendments ignored not only council staff but the community of Mooball/Burringbar, who had in good faith attended meetings, written submissions and had largely accepted that a reasonable development was possible.
Barry joined the ‘develop at any cost councillors’ and removed planning staff recommendation to increase lot sizes in recognition of the importance of the rural amenity, and backtracked from his own previous position of requiring studies for flooding, slope stability, impact on adjoining farmland and fire hazard before handing it over to the state govt.
Barry now believes community consultation and vision count for zero, planning and engineering count for zero.
The only thing that counts in Tweed Shire at the moment is that mayoral chain.
Trish Mann, Burringbar