Advert timing blasted by MP

THE advertising period over the Christmas break for a major proposal to include a hotel in the redevelopment of the old Club Watersports site at Tweed Heads South has raised the ire of Tweed MP Neville Newell.

Tweed Shire Council's newsletter of December 21 advertised the proposed modification for the inclusion of a hotel in the Dry Dock Road tourist-resort project of 271 units, which went on public display from December 22 until January 10.

But Mr Newell said that putting the "quite large" modification proposal on exhibition over the Christmas break was "appalling".

"Talk about 'the pot calling the kettle black' with the uproar that the six-pack pro-development councillors have attempted to make on the public exhibition of ABLP's lobster farm proposal ... calling it 'inappropriate' over the Christmas break," he said.

"Residents in Fraser Drive and Dry Dock Road and those backing onto this proposed development have every right to feel this Council is treating them like mugs".

Mayor Warren Polglase said he was unaware of the detail of the proposal or when the exhibition period was, but he knew the developer was seeking to make amendments.

"From our point of view if people want an extension of time we'll automatically give it, no problem, we don't have to organise rallies to get extensions of time," Cr Polglase said.

"In the past we've always given an extension if there's a perception that we haven't given enough time - an example of this is Pandanus Parade which was an enormous issue and we allowed extra time.

"If there's a concern there and people want extra time we'll give an extension of time, no dramas," he said.

"Our track record is that if people have requested an extension we'll give them two weeks."

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