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August 3, 2021

Common sense reigns at Tweed council

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Common sense prevailed at last night’s Tweed Shire Council meeting when the very popular and admired councillor Katie Milne was elected as mayor once again. This will give Cr Milne the opportunity for the next two years to continue in promoting and protecting the Tweed lifestyle, environment and local business.

Another common sense move was to elect newcomer to the council, Chris Cherry as deputy mayor. Chris has a proven track record as an advocate for all free-thinking people of the Tweed, the environment and she does not nest with the conservative over-development ideology.

It was very refreshing to hear another newcomer to the council, Pryce Allsop, acknowledge his passion to protect the environment, endangered species and his vision toward more ecotourism. These are very progressive visions and should be encouraged. I will be watching and supporting Cr Allsop in this regard.

Another common-sense decision was raised by Cr Ron Cooper, and passed by council , to defer the matter of the Black Rocks Men’s Shed until all potential and viable sites are explored, along with the correct state government approval and funding requirements being met.

I wish all councillors, both old and new, the very best over the next four years and hope they only make decisions which benefit the environment and the shared interdependence between ecology and the people.


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  1. Mayor Katie Milne was re-elected as mayor and this was only right and proper she being the most popular candidate of all at the election gaining most votes in the primary and with preferences. This mayoral vote would therefore surely be the same if there was a popular vote from the people. It is so great to see such democracy.

  2. Great to see a good line-up of councillors who respect the environment and majority public opinion.

    With reference to the Men’s Shed issue, it’s refreshing to finally see the new Council take a responsible, common-sense perspective. Now it’s time for the Men’s Shed members to stop their unreasonable demands and unfair behaviour and co-operate with a proper investigation of available sites. Black Rocks is NOT a good place for a Men’s Shed, and the issue isn’t just threatened species. It’s a lonely, isolated place far removed from other community facilities and meeting places and it therefore does not serve the Men’s Shed movement objective of facilitating social activity and community integration. Many men find the atmosphere depressing. Access is poor compared to central locations. And there are major safety and security risks given the persistent vandalism and hooning that has been an ongoing problem.

    It is deeply disturbing that the Men’s Shed Committee is claiming no other site is available when they haven’t followed the proper application process recommended by Australian Men’s Shed Association, and have even outright denied receiving emails from the Council General Manager and Crown Lands recommending formal application to Crown Lands. It is even more disturbing that the President, Michael Ryan, says Lot 3 Centennial Drive is not available for a Men’s Shed, but actively promotes Council securing the site for other community activities (skate rink or community pantry)! The level of aggression against anyone suggesting an alternate site is deeply disturbing and raises questions as to true motives. Disenfranchising men who seek to ensure the Shed is sited in the best possible location is unacceptable conduct and unfair to the entire community, and particularly to Shed funders (taxpayers and donors).

    Congratulations to Ron Cooper for his responsible motion. Let’s hope common sense and ethics continue to prevail over aggressive demands for indulgence of a selfish but very vocal minority.


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