Community Centre to proceed
COUNCIL plans to build a three-million dollar community centre in a flood-prone part of Murwillumbah look certain to proceed with an original opponent Cr Kevin Skinner now accepting the decision of fellow councillors.
The Murwillumbah Ratepayers and Residents Association this week raised concerns about the location of the new centre in flood-prone Knox Park.
Tweed Shire Council officers responded saying it would be built on an 800mm high mound and, in a flood, equipment could be raised.
Last month Cr Skinner called for the centre to be located in the current council headquarters building with council offices relocated possibly to Tweed Heads.
Cr Skinner said he now accepted he had lost that battle and millions would be spent on new Murwillumbah facilities.
He said senior council staff had assured him the planned community centre would be protected by the Murwillumbah flood levee and would not be “in a ponding area as such”.
“But I still believe we need to relocate our council chambers,” Cr Skinner said.
“We need to go where the population will be.”