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May 16, 2021

Broken promises

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We were not surprised that Allsop fobbed off this request suggesting that it was up to members of the community and not the Council to carry out this work and he might arrange some cleaning equipment for us. This coming from a Councillor who was elected on a platform ‘to resurrect and beautify Murwillumbah CBD’. Yet more broken promises from Allsop who in ten monthshas only voted for scrapping any hope of a Murwillumbah rail service, the demise of coastal koalas, approval of an industrial complex in an endangered koala corridor (Black Rocks), support for commercial water mining, support for high rise development at Kingscliff and the list goes on from the ‘development at any cost’ Council faction member. What ever happened to his election promise to support ‘eco-tourism’ and the environment?

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  1. A.Bennett, Murwillumbah. Agree whole heartedly! Just another ‘one of the crowd’ but not ‘the peoples’ crowd or as you say, what he said in his campaign speeches! So much for standing & doing, for the community – just for ‘whoever is in the shadows directing’ methinks. Jillian Spring

  2. Were there any shadows directing Cr Alsopp in his decision making on the rail trail? Perhaps he can read. Perhaps he read the Feasibility Study and accepted it was good value for money. Perhaps too he had read the Tweed Shire Transport Plan and its cogent arguments that outline why the rail service to Murwillumbah would not provide good public transport. What a shame the Tweed mayor – who appears never to have read her shire’s Transport Plan – has been unable to put forward any sensible explanation as to why the State government should waste money on a rail service, and has never told us what new or existing bus services she would propose be cut to pay for it, or alternatively how many hundred dollars of increased rates per quarter she would seek to pay for it. She is in good company – Toots and its supporters have similarly never told us whose buses they would cut to provide themselves with a train service.

    • Peter Hatfield, Perhaps Cr Allsop should have read very carefully truths in information when received detailed information re the rail trail & said he was a man for the people but this he apparently was not & he accepted the Nationals backflip on train travel but yes, there are ‘directions coming from the shadows’ shall we say – ‘the shadows’ cover the situation quite well I reckon and myself & a lot of other people have taken notice, so respect for their ‘words & actions’ are way down. They work for ‘the party’, not people they are supposed to represent. This includes the Labor & Liberal Crs who very definitely put what they were aligned with. Jillian Spring


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