Tweed Council's cheaper water offer comes with a catch
WITH the sold-out Falls Music & Arts Festival kicking off on Tuesday, Tweed Shire Council wants the venue to change its name to the Tweed Byron Parklands in exchange for a discount on its water.
The managers of North Byron Parklands at Yelgun have asked the council to offer them the $3.40 per kilolitre local rate on their bulk water supply instead of the $10.20 out-of-shire fee they currently pay.
They say while the site is in Byron, the Tweed Shire economy is well situated to benefit financially from the three events held annually at the site.
But at this month's meeting, councillors voted 5-2 to charge the parklands $6 per kilolitre for the time being, reducing its income by $13,440 to $20,160.
However, if the owners agree to change the parklands name, the council may consider offering the local fee in the future.
Cr Longland said while the site was in Byron Shire, the landholding included 200ha in the Tweed Shire, which the owners planned to develop.
But Cr Katie Milne questioned why they would discount for non-locals.
Cr Warren Polglase warned the water contained fluoride while Cr Phil Youngblutt also noted it "was non-organic".
Parklands general manager Mat Morris said they were flattered the council would seek to have their venue renamed but such a decision would have to go before their board.