Developer defends email

A major developer in the Tweed yesterday defended his aim to discredit former Tweed Shire Council development manager David Broyd to ensure he had no bearing on future decisions in the Tweed.

Alan Powell of Usher Powell developments wrote an email during Mr Broyd's time in council stating that he "must be discredited and be limited from future constraining behaviour on the future of the Tweed Coast".

He told the inquiry into council yesterday he was dissatisfied with the process and decision Mr Broyd had made on a retail centre for Turnock Street at the time.

"He presumed to know what was best for Kingscliff without talking with the community or industry experts," he said.

"The more we looked at his history the more abundantly clear it became that he had an agenda.

"He would be party to the processes that would come up with a conclusion that he would disagree with and write his own report - contrary to what the experts came up with.

"He wasn't a team player."

Mr Powell said Usher Powell had chosen to stop doing business in the Tweed because of the uncertainty of council processes, which made developments "high risk".

"At the eleventh hour you have all these new things thrown up to make the project not viable now or not viable in the near future," he said.

"There were little issues that if not resolved councillors would not back it.

"The assertion there was blind acceptance (by councillors) clearly was not the case."

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