Inquiry fails to make impact



DESPITE major local and national media coverage, the announcement of a public inquiry into the Tweed Shire Council has failed to make an impression on many Tweed residents.

Yesterday a street poll of locals in Murwillumbah and along the Tweed Coast found many residents who had not even heard such an inquiry had been announced.

For those who had, their reaction was spirited and mostly supportive of the royal commission-style inquiry into the decisions and dealings of the council.

Business and community groups also had mixed reactions to the inquiry announcement.

Many residents, including Murwillumbah's Brigitte Pritchard, said it was essential for local government to be transparent and for inquiries to ensure they were.

"They are working in our communities. As ratepayers they should show us they are the first step in transparency in government," she said.

However, Banora Point resident Sue Scorrano was able to offer an opposing viewpoint, expressing concern at the cost of such an inquiry.

"I think it will be a waste of taxpayers' money. It should be done more in-house in a way, because it will just drag on for so long," she said.



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