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Beware the Nats wearing ‘independent’ clothing for Tweed poll

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But when you look at the history of the past few years, the pattern of rubber stamping massive and at times downright diabolical developments, it pays to give some thought to what the next four years might look like.

Tens of thousands of people will become residents of Tweed in the new Cobaki, Dunloe Park, Mooball, and Kings Forest developments.

However, councillors voted repeatedly to ignore Tweed’s own sustainable housing policy which would have dealt with sewerage issues, public open space, infrastructure, traffic congestion and the environment.

Instead no thought has been given to the impact 29,000 people will have on your lifestyle. Lack of infrastructure such as transport will increase the already congested Tweed Coast Road.

There are plenty of supermarkets wiping out local businesses but what happened to the proposed Pottsville High School?

These developments will cost ratepayers endlessly while the environmental impacts are taking their toll on biodiversity.

When you hear the words ‘fiercely independent’, ‘proudly independent’, etc, take a deep breath, the majority of these so called independents are National Party aligned.

It would be good news for Tweed if a few more seriously ethical councillors could join the ranks of mayor Katie Milne and  independent Gary Bagnall, and become a force for a change of focus in council.

Stephen Lloyd, Murwillumbah

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  1. Absolutely concur Stephen… This very subject I commented on in another discussion thread.
    Going by the full page adverts in Saturdays Daily and the blitz on mail flyers its easy to see money at hard at work to bludgeon quivery voters.

    Patterned old thinking under the guise of ‘conservatism’ just won’t cut the mustard on the hard issues facing the Tweed. All this FUD – ‘fear uncertainty and doubt’ about the crazy people who want to protect this unique environment from the hell bent greed of the few — it’s plain for all who open their eyes for once and place high value on this unique lifestyle that is constantly under threat.

    As a voter think beyond self interest and show sensitivity to the future generations to follow.
    And development proponents please don’t trot out the jobs pitch unless you have community backing particularly from those who will be most affected (by new development). I’ve heard it all before.

    Before you vote confirm just who these ‘independents’ are really aligned with and look through all the platitudes and promised values.Substance does not always follow the imagery.


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