Border Park sale hurdle

A BID by Gold Coast City Council to buy the Border Park Raceway site for sports fields even though it is just inside Tweed Shire could be scuttled or put on hold because Tweed council has no funds available to help out.

Tweed mayor Warren Polglase yesterday said his council had no money available for the acquisition in the 2009-2010 budget after Gold Coast council revealed it wanted to hold talks with Tweed on “jointly funding purchase of the site”.

Tweed Heads Coursing Club president Harry Pledger this week went public about the negotiations with the Gold Coast council in a bid to reassure the greyhound racing industry and punters that greyhound races would continue at Border Park under any deal.

Cr Polglase said his council was happy to talk with Gold Coast officials but not offer any money - at the moment.

“We have our plate full at present,” said Cr Polglase.

“It's been a very tight budget and we have commitments of our own.”

But Cr Polglase, who earlier this week revealed he would talk about the sale at a planned meeting with Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke next month, added: “If there's a proposal put forward we would listen.

Gold Coast council had resolved late last month to continue negotiations with the club “including options associated with co-location” and canvas the possibility with Tweed council of “the shire jointly funding purchase of the site”.

Cr Polglase has said Tweed council could co-operate in kind, such as providing water for the fields or waiving rates.



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