Platinum support at council despite disagreement

Councillor Gary Bagnall
Councillor Gary Bagnall John Gass

TWEED Shire Council will throw its support behind this year's business awards by becoming a platinum sponsors despite disagreement at last night's council meeting.

At the meeting, Cr Katie Milne and Cr Gary Bagnall tried to halt any monetary funding of more than the silver level, of $1100, but lost out two votes to five.

"Taking this money out of our budget for economic development is a bad move," Cr Bagnall said.

"We have limited funding and that funding is supposed to help the whole of the Tweed with boosting new business and the economic development and I feel that it's just robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Cr Milne tried to amend the proposal suggesting Tweed Shire Council hold its own business awards, but most councillors disagreed with her unpopular view.

Cr Warren Polglase also proposed the combined business chambers to host the event at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre free of charge, as a gesture of good will and support.

Cr Milne did not agree and said the council still charged community groups to use the facility.

"It's not that I don't support the businesses having awards... but there was some advice before saying the businesses had already accumulated $55,000 in sponsorship," Cr Milne said.

Acting general manager Troy Green said supporting the business awards would be excellent public relations for the council.

"I can see some merit in lifting that sponsorship," he said.

Cr Youngblutt said it would be money well spent.

It was decided, five votes to two, to lift the sponsorship to the platinum level of $5500 and to include the civic centre free of charge.

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