Chamber snubs Milne

TWEED'S most popular councillor in the recent shire election, Greens party leader Katie Milne, has been left out in the cold by other councillors.

Cr Milne was snubbed repeatedly by her colleagues at Tuesday's council meeting when they refused to second a swag of motions put forward by her.

Most motions involved environmental issues but also included a call for more information to be provided to the public about the council's behind-closed-doors decision to sell a large part of Bay Street in central Tweed Heads to the owners of the adjacent Tweed Centro shopping complex.

The refusal of other councillors to second the motions meant the issues could not be debated.

And it follows anger by some councillors over Cr Milne's release of secret details about the Bay Street sale.

Cr Milne wanted her colleagues to publicly release part of a confidential report on the proposed sale and advertise the dimensions of the land in the council newsletter Tweed Link -- "especially the 21.47m width".

She also wanted the public to be given three months to comment on the sale, two public meetings to be held and a public survey undertaken. No councillor would second that motion.

Her colleagues also refused to second motions on dealing with the findings of a climate change report, establishing a special committee to develop a climate change strategy and providing an urgent public report on the effects of sea-level rise in the Tweed.

Cr Milne also got no support in her bid to remove advertising for next year's World Rally Championship event from the council's website.

With no seconders in sight, she then withdrew two motions. One of those called for an increase in fines to developers of million-dollar-plus projects who breach council conditions in environmentally sensitive areas.

Under the Milne plan, the fines would have increased from $600 a day to $6000 a day.

The other motion sought a reduction in car parking fines "to a maximum of $30".



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