THE director of a company with major landholdings around Kingscliff has entered the controversy over donations to candidates in Tweed Shire Council elections, casting a cloud on the development approvals process.
Stephen Segal, a director of Gales Holdings, says his company has never contributed to any candidates, adding "Gales has never had any plan approved".
Gales Holdings recently lodged a development application for a new shopping centre with a Woolworths Supermarket at Kingscliff after previous failed attempts to get approval.
Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase rejected Mr Segal's comment, describing it as a "smart remark" and defending the council decision-making process.
"I can assure anybody this council is not going to make decisions on how councillors were supported in becoming elected," he said.
"The process is straightforward. Total transparency is there all the time."
Cr Polglase said Mr Segal and other developers often had certain expectations which "don't always always meet the policy of the council or the expectations of the community".
Meanwhile Mr Segal has begun talks with council officers to provide a new, possibly "grand" entrance to Kingscliff from the Tweed Coast Road, which he believes could take the form of an attractive avenue.