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January 30, 2023

Quarter of a century long enough for Polglase

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Stephanie Deane, Group B Tweed Shire Council candidate

This week residents of Tweed have the opportunity to change the face of council. It’s no good voting for party politics as we do at a federal and state level. Local government is different; it’s grass roots and should be for residents and communities not for agendas driven by party politics.

One councillor in particular has been there too long. Warren Polglase has been in council for 25 years, he’s more than had his chance to make a difference in the shire. Residents you have the opportunity to vote in fresh faces and ideas, please don’t waste your vote.

While some candidates are running as unlabelled, those being Warren Polglase and Carolyn Byrne, others are running as independents, being Jayne Henry and Bryce Allsop and the Liberal James Owen. These candidates are all preferencing each other so make sure you know who and what you are voting for.

If you want another four years of Warren, then don’t regret your decision later if he heads in your direction with a bulldozer or Gold Coast style development in your neighbourhood.

In a local newspaper this week he has stated that the Jack Evans Boat Harbour is a lazy asset waiting to be exploited by council given the opportunity. What he forgets is that it’s Crown Land parkland for the people to use and enjoy.

Let’s hope we get a really good outcome, fresh ideas and thinking that will take the Tweed to new levels while protecting what we all value most about the Tweed.


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  1. Stephanie,
    To change Tweed Council is to change the area’s demographics and to change the stagnant economy and the unemployment that is a disease to a positive tone so people have hope for a future.
    The stagnant economy is because we build housing estates. Houses bring the retired, the elderly and pensioners and pensioners get a discount on rates thereby reducing the rate income to council. That keeps money from Council, not adding to it.
    People on welfare and pensioners account for about 23 percent of all rate income so Council income is cut when more elderly people come here. This place is God’s waiting room and funerals are becoming an increasing business.
    We have to go to the young and schools, especially at Pottsville. There needs to be a new direction in marketing where younger families are encouraged to come, the ones who produce work, business and wealth and make business grow and communicate into tourism. The young people have a spring in their step and run and jump and they don’t rely on the Tweed or Murwillumbah Hospital or on TV watching from the couch.
    The young are outside in the sun in Daylight-saving and on the beachfront producing money and at cafes communicating and socialising. They then are not recuperating in hospital because they have blood pressure problems or gout or heart problems or stroke. Housing estates brings the elderly people here and the elderly turn the economy downwards. The economy then turns inwards to go stale in bank accounts and rot. Money is meant to be spent. It is spending money.
    A family eats two loaves of bread a day, while a pensioner eats half a loaf a week. We have been going in the wrong direction for 20 years with the elderly and the Tweed Shire is grinding to a halt.
    The elderly and the frail are a drag on the economy and bring it down but we keep building houses for them with little pot plants and geraniums and plastic elves. The elderly need to be looked after while young people are virile and go out and push the economy outwards. They live. They are Arts people and they paint and write and sculpt and enjoy spiritual things of art and go to shows and they spend money. The elderly save money. The old way of the A model Ford has been at the top of the Tweed strategy of supposed growth of mediocrity.
    Is Murwillumbah growing? No. Murwillumbah is dying and it has the Tweed Council Chamber as it business centre. In Murwillumbah town, the attraction is the Murwillumbah Museum. We need to look forward to the arts of where the money is. Then Murwillumbah TAFE would grow again.
    Stephanie, under this present Council, look what they have done to Bruce Chick park, the Man of Trees would turn in his grave and he was a schoolteacher and a leader of the town. The bridge has been destroyed and taken away. Now people cannot get to the other side to see where all the trees are planted that Bruce Chick put there. Outrageous. My father told me that Bruce Chick was one of the greatest men that you could find in Murwillumbah.

  2. Pardon me for being a pensioner. O f course I came here to retire but I have been very active io the community over nearly 30 years. I know I contribute to the economy in many ways.


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