Residents get a say at inquiry



THE thick courtroom door should have been replaced with a revolving entry yesterday, as a procession of Tweed residents put their two cents worth in at the inquiry into the Tweed Shire Council.

Commissioner Maurice Daly heard from local resident groups and everyday people passionate about their local towns and council decisions.

Providing plenty of heat and fire first-up was home maker Maria Smart who accused councillors of ignoring reports to okay a controversial application for an aged-care retreat on a hill in Bilambil Heights.

She said the building had isolated the aged and upset neighbours.

"There were a lot of issues there and the opinions of the community were nothing," she said.

"At community access Bob Brinsmead was .?.?. not even listening to us."

It was not the only time Cr Brins- mead came under fire yesterday. Cabarita woman Judith Wagner claimed overhearing him in a cafe telling others council wanted to sell the public land at Cabarita.

"I was thinking 'he's here as a councillor, he should have the welfare of the community in mind'," she said.

Coastal issues dominated the afternoon, with local Vic Winterford raising parking issues in Cabarita and Gary Thorpe building height limits in Hastings Point. Mooball got a mention with Dr Paul Malouf talking about a sewerage plant proposed for the town.

Plenty more residents will again get their say today in another list day predominated by lesser-known locals.



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