New plan to be revealed

By PETER CATON

TWEED Shire administrators have axed $15.1 million off their proposed seven-year spending plan but details over what has been cut remained hazy yesterday.

One week after the council administrators trimmed planned spending, watered down proposed rates cuts and voted to officially put a new plan on display, details of the cuts are yet to go public.

However, last Tuesday night the administrators itemised the general areas where the cuts will be made.

The cuts include $5 million from "projects protecting the environment", $3 million from programs "supporting community life", $2.5 million from parks and recreation programs, $2 million from transport and road programs and $500,000 from "leadership and governance".

Programs "supporting community life" in the original draft plan included projects such as a $9.1 million new swimming pool complex and public car park but council officers have previously indicated that was a priority.

Environment programs included $10.9 million for a coastline management plan with a whole range of projects and management which could be trimmed.

Council observers suggest the cuts to road programs could affect plans to replace bridges or bitumen some country roads, however a $1.4 million new bridge over Cudgen Creek is considered a priority.

Footpath replacements could be one area to face cuts.

Parks maintenance has already been cut back following minor budget blow-outs.

However the council has faced calls for more frequent checks on toilets and park areas to ensure discarded drugs syringes don't pose a danger to children.

The proposed new plan was supposed to have been made public along with other proposed budget documents from last Saturday.

Daily News requests for the information since Monday have been unable to be met.



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