14.4 C
Byron Shire
April 22, 2021

Tweed councillors push for men’s shed a little shonky

Latest News

Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

Other News

Cartoon of the week – 21 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

I encourage your readers to lodge a complaint with the Minister of Local Government [[email protected]] and call upon him to intervene in relation to the following issues which have brought the Tweed Shire Council’s integrity into serious question:

(1) By refusing to bring forward a report into the future use and viability of an alternative permanent site for a men’s shed at Lot 3 Centennial Drive, Pottsville, council is in breach of its resolution at the 21 August 2014 council meeting.

(2) In accordance with the Local Government Act, before a licence can be issued on community land, the matter must be put on public exhibition. However, on 15 September, council approved a licence for a men’s shed at Black Rocks without going through this exhibition period.

(3) On 24 August the Office of Local Government (OLG) provided advice that during the period between the cancelled 10 September election and 29 October election, council should ‘avoid making any contentious decisions that would be binding on the incoming council that cannot be deferred’.

An industrial-like men’s shed in the middle of a koala corridor at Black Rocks is a very contentious issue, which has divided the community for over two years.

It is unconscionable that the OLG advice was ignored and the granting of a licence for a men’s shed at Black Rocks was put on the September council agenda.

Crs Barry Longland, Warren Polglase and Carolyn Byrne had the opportunity to diffuse public division and anger by deferring the licence (as proposed by mayor Katie Milne and deputy mayor Gary Bagnall) and voting for a council report into an alternative permanent site. Instead, they have fueled public outcry by voting for a licence and against a council report.

And now we are told nine days after the licence was approved, that the matter has to go on public exhibition, and the public has 28 days to have their say (submissions close 22 October).

All of this while council is in caretaker mode. Council was flooded with letters from objectors to granting the licence prior to the September council meeting. Will council listen to them?

Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Pandemic plate lickers release lockdown dessert

The 2020 pandemic lockdown meant the entire entertainment industry was cancelled, but making music cannot be cancelled.

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.

Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only is it a prime example...