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June 14, 2021

More ethical councillors needed in Tweed

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The Tweed Shire Council election is coming with up a whole truckload of aspiring councillors and quite a few crackers. 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 Lakes, 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.


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  1. I agree with the warning to beware of the”fiercely” independent candidates after seeing them on pre polling duty. The independent National Party candidates Warren Polglase, Carolyn Byrnes representative, Jayne Henry and Pryce Allsop were certainly grouped together waiting to swoop on residents with their “promise everything” how to vote cards. Please think outside the box and vote for new faces and don’t let our council be swamped by the National Party. We want local representation for residents, not State governance.


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