News

Councillors face the music over illegal quarry access

Cr Gary Bagnall says he is shocked he may face disciplinary action.
Cr Gary Bagnall says he is shocked he may face disciplinary action. John Gass

TWO Tweed councillors face possible disciplinary action after they allegedly scaled a fence to gain access to a council quarry.

Councillor Gary Bagnall said he and Cr Katie Milne have been charged by Tweed council's general manager David Keenan with jumping a fence to gain access to the quarry and faced an addition charge of not wearing protective clothing while at the site.

The charges were a consequence of CCTV footage of Crs Bagnall and Milne's visit to the quarry and their alleged unauthorised access to the site.

Councillors Bagnall and Milne were responding to a complaint from a neighbour of the quarry, located near Crystal Creek, who raised concerns the quarry had polluted a creek which runs on his property as well as the quarry.

"I was shocked we weren't told about this.

"No one knows that council is a polluter.

"We own this quarry and the creek that runs through it," Cr Bagnall said.

"The creek has a layer of red silt all along the length of it and the stuff coats everything, suffocates everything and kills everything.

"My concern is the contamination of a pristine creek," Cr Bagnall said.

The two councillors now face an investigation by an independent conduct panel which includes a former senior NSW police officer and crime investigator.

Councillor Bagnall said he visited the quarry twice and it was his first visit which took place a couple of weeks ago that started the entire affair.

"I was elected to make sure the council was transparent and to put policies in place that govern sites like this.

"The visit was not only in response to the neighbour's concerns but was also part of my research to help formulate appropriate policies.

"They haven't cleaned it up and need to be held accountable.

"They've done the wrong thing and are hiding this from the shire," Cr Bagnall said.

Once the two accused councillors conclude their interviews with the conduct panel, the panel will make recommendations to the council and councillors will then have the opportunity to accept the recommendations or to come up with their own.

"We could face a suspension from council meetings," Cr Bagnall said.

Tweed council was asked but was unable to comment on alleged breaches of the code of conduct.

Topics:  councillors, illegal, quarry, suspension



Aussies dominate doubles

TENNIS' FUTURE: Australian Lizette Cabrera hits a backhand shot in a tightly-fought doubles match with Olivia Tjandramulia against Monique Adamczak and Olivia Rogowska at the Tweed Tennis International at Arkinstall Park. Adamczak and Rogowska advanced 6-7 (6) 7-5 (10-5).

Tweed Coast Tennis International heating up.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

Local Partners

WATCH: Justin Bieber grabbed in Germany

A video has emerged of singer Justin Bieber being attacked

Why The Wrong Girl is right for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais and Ian Meadows in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

ACTOR makes the sometimes awkward character her own in new comedy.

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.