22.8 C
Byron Shire
January 21, 2022

What do the Tweed Council candidates stand for?

Latest News

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

Other News

Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!  How much do you think you know about the Byron Shire? Ross Kendall challenges you to...

BoM tsunami warning for the NSW Coastline

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a tsunami warning as a result of an eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa in the Tongan Islands at 3.10pm AEDT yesterday, Saturday, January 15.

SES issues Minor Flood warning for Lismore

Moderate rainfall across the Wilsons River catchment since Wednesday has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and its tributaries, which has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore late Friday morning.

Astrological gravitas

The Mullum Aeronautics and Space Administration (MASA) will soon launch the Spiders Webb telescope, which will break through to...

The final day of voting for your local Tweed Shire Councill candidates is Saturday 4 December at a venue near you.

Seven Tweed Shire councillors are elected by you the voter; once they have been elected then they elect the Mayor every two years and a Deputy Mayor every 12 months from among the elected councillors.

Currently you have all sitting councillors bar Greens Katie Milne and Independent Ron Cooper seeking re-election.

The previous council broke down into two Conservative councillors in Warren Polglase and Pryce Allsop who were very much behind the traditional approach to more jobs and development with the council imposing minimal restrictions. Liberal James Owen sits right of centre with Labor’s Reece Byrnes at the centre. Independents Ron Cooper and Mayor Chris Cherry both held the centre left with and Greens Katie Milne to the left.

Affordable housing

Key issues for Tweed Shire are around development pressure, affordable housing and short term holiday letting (STHL), like Airbnnb, which are similar issues that other local councils on the North Coast face.

Independent Mayor Chris Cherry did try to bring in a limit below 365 days a year to a max of 180 days similar to the Byron Shire approach for a non-hosted house could be rented out for. However, after some debate this proposal was defeated by Crs Allsop, Byrnes, Ron Cooper, James Owen, and Polglase voting against the motion.

Many of the new council candidates including indigenous candidate Letitia Kelly, Greens Dr Nola Firth, and Independents Bill Fenalon and Peter Cummings support a reduction in the maximum days of rental for non-hosted houses.

You can take a look at the candidate’s positions here

Retiring Councillor Milne pointed out in her final interview with The Echo that it was not just short term holiday letting that was impacting house availability but also land banking. She said there are significant areas rezoned for development that are being held by developers and thus increasing the cost of housing in the area.

Cr Milne is being replaced by Dr Nola Firth at the top of the Greens ticket who are running on a strong environmental premise with opposition to the greyhound track and looking at affordable housing as big future issues.

Some other new faces include indigenous candidate Letitia Kelly who is heading up Group F with a focus on housing and the environment; Bill Fenelon leads group A with a key interest in bringing back the trains and an environmental focus while Peter Cummings who heads up Group C has a background in town planning. He says he’s keen to keep Tweed Shire unique and not like the Gold Coast. He sees a balance between environmental improvements and development as key to moving forward.

Water mining

Water mining, extracting water for bottling and sale, has been a big issue in the Tweed Shire and the current councillors voted unanimously to remove future water extraction from the Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This has left the current approved water mining in place.

Matthew Karlos, Robert Awes, Larry Karlos, and Sue Karlos are running as Independents as Group J. They have put together a ticket calling to ‘Make Tweed Great Again’.

In 2018 Matthew Karlos was reported in the Daily Mail as referring to ‘his family business, Eniflat Pty Ltd’ that was involved in water extraction, he retired as a director of Eniflat in July 2014. Yet Matthew Karlos told The Echo ‘I am not associated with Eniflat’. He also clarified that it is not water mining or water extraction but it ‘water harvesting’ that is conducted. Currently, Sue Karlos and Larry Karlos are listed as the two directors of the company.

On Matthew Karlos’s social media pages he asks ‘are you sick of the Green-Left?’ and puts forward a platform that proposes support for secondary dwellings ‘on rural properties; increasing Dam capacity and Mandatory drug/alcohol testing for councillors and staff’.

Ungrouped candidates

Nathan Jones and James McKenzie are both running as ungrouped candidates – that is they are running as a single, stand alone candidates.

James McKenzie is primarily running on a platform calling out ‘fake Wollumbin, Arakwal and Bundjalung National Parks’ saying he ‘found Bundjalung to be a white man’s fabrication’.

Nathan Jones says his focus is on helping locals buy here in the future. He sees major gains to be had by reducing state and federal duplication of services thus making more money available to projects on the ground.

To vote for either of these candidates you will have to vote below the line.

Leigh Thomas, Group M, is a National Party member but is running as an Independent as the National Party does not endorse candidates in council elections. As such they are often referred to as Conservative councillors. He also has Joshua Szabados, a One Nation member, running on his ticket.

Preferencing will be key in the votes especially if you vote below the line. As you can’t predict which seven candidates will be elected it is considered important to fill in up to about 20 boxes below the line to ensure that your vote doesn’t expire.


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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Left, centre and right? Cut the crap!
    The Tweed has always had, the residents progressive group protecting the Tweeds lifestyle and environment, making it the place we all want to live. “The, don’t destroy what you came to enjoy block”!
    And the opposing LNP “Independent” corporate developer group! “Move in and exploit the Tweed for every buck they can squeeze out of it”.
    They can dismiss the corporate developer group, for “conduct conducive to corruption”, but unbelievably, just enough mugs will vote for us to keep on exploiting them?
    There, fixed it for you?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

Reform needed to deliver electric trucks in Australia

With the aim of getting more electric-powered trucks on Australian roads, the Electric Vehicle Council and the Australian Trucking Association have collaborated to develop the policies necessary to drive Australian trucking into an electric future.

Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.