Frustration over youth centre plan
By PETER CATON
TWEED Shire Council has been accused of blocking attempts to give Pottsville a youth centre even though $640,000 has been promised by the NSW government.
Long-time fighter for a youth centre in the coastal township Victor Cusack yesterday said the council had halted progress on the facility even though two potential sites had been identified and building plans drawn up.
His fury over the delay comes on top of community alarm about local youths, following a riot by about 300 who turned up at a private party in Pottsville just over a week ago.
Since then several youths have claimed the Tweed Coast lacks entertainment facilities or places for them to go.
Mr Cusack, who has been pushing for the youth centre for years, agrees.
"Youth here has absolutely no facilities whatsoever for night-time activity, no supervised meeting place, no night bus system," he said.
Mr Cusack said Tweed MP Neville Newell MP had promised $640,000 of state government funds "subject to Tweed Shire Council approving a site".
But the council had refused to respond to requests to give "in-principle approval" for two sites:
One on the Tweed Coast Road north of the town centre and south of the school, the other on land ceded to the council by Pottsville Waters developer Peter Krekelberg for community purposes, between Elizabeth Street and Royal Drive.
The council's acting environment and community services director Gary Corbett said investigation of the first site was proving be time-consuming and expensive because its previous use meant it had to be checked for contamination.