Two bids expressing interest in building a controversial floating fun park at Jack Evans Boat Harbour were narrowly sunk last week, after a Tweed shire councillor with a link to one of the bidders declared a conflict of interest and didn’t vote.
Cr Carolyn Byrne absented herself from debate after declaring a non-pecuniary over the candidacy on her ticket for the now-delayed council poll of Paula Kloots, an owner of Tweed Heads company Endless Summer Hire.
(See previous story https://www.echo.net.au/2016/08/floating-fun-park-bids-tweed-rile-candidates/)
The company is bidding with Gold Coast-based Aquasplash to pave the way for the lucrative role of running a water-based activity in the harbour.
Aquasplash recently withdrew its formal application to replicate its Gold Coast theme park in the Tweed harbour following public outcry that it would impact on locals’ amenity and the low-key atmosphere of the revamped harbour precinct.
The expressions of interest were backed by National Party veteran Cr Warren Polglase and factional colleague Cr Phil Youngblutt in Thursday’s 3-2 vote, but they were outnumbered by mayor Katie Milne, deputy mayor Gary Bagnall and Cr Barry Longland who were against council accepting any such offers.
Crs Milne and Longland told council the harbour was just not the right place for the activity and would spoil the area’s natural amenity.