Councillors down to business at last

TWEED Shire's new councillors will decide the make-up of a number of committees at their first ordinary meeting in Murwillumbah tomorrow.

There could be some argy-bargy as councillors vie for their preferred positions, but with 19 committees plus a spot on the Far North Coast County Council to share between the seven councillors, there are plenty of jobs to go around.

Deputy Mayor Barry Longland said he was looking forward to the meeting.

"Very much so, it will be good to get down to the real work," Mr Longland said.

"Now we have worked out the team, like most of council, I am keen to get into it."

Only Dot Holdom, former mayor Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt have been elected before, so it will be the first ordinary meeting for Katie Milne, Kevin Skinner, Mr Longland and new mayor Joan van Lieshout.

Mr Longland said he did not think there would be too much argument over who got what position.

"There are more than enough to go round," Mr Longland said.

"(The committees) are a good way for councillors to get a bit closer to community opinion."

He said having to join two or more committees was something he had no problems with.

"I've never been under any illusions about the solid work load," Mr Longland said.

The new council is also expected to approve new pool safety guidelines for the shire, which were amended following changes to the Australian Standards for swimming pools.



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