Labor candidate for Tweed Shire elections, Michael Armstrong.
Labor candidate for Tweed Shire elections, Michael Armstrong. John Gass

Candidate calls for open council

A CANDIDATE for the Tweed Council wants great transparency through improving community access to meetings.

Labor candidate Michael Armstrong said he would seek to have the council meetings streamed online, review meeting times so more working people could attend, and seek to have access meeting in other parts of the shire rather than solely at the Tweed Shire chambers.

Mr Armstrong said streaming meeting online would make the council meetings more accessible.

"It's one of the things we have seen work through a number of councils," he said.

"Locals have been telling me that the council needs to be more open, transparent and accessible.

"By failing to explain why they have rejected advice from their own experts and community consultations, locals are left feeling confused as to how our council is doing business."

Tweed mayor Barry Longland said the timing of council and community access meetings was in a motion last year and the majority of councillors voted to have it changed to business hours.

"I do acknowledge that it may be difficult for people who work to make a council meeting," Cr Longland said.

"When we had council meetings that went on into the night there were very few people in the gallery. Particularly after the dinner break at 7.30pm"

Tweed Shire Council elections were planned for September.



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