Potholes on Kennedy Dr, Tweed Heads West.
Potholes on Kennedy Dr, Tweed Heads West. John Gass

Council’s $2.8 million pothole in road repair budget

TWEED residents will be waiting a long time for pothole riddled Kennedy Dr to be fixed, despite Tweed Shire Council announcing a commitment of $1 million toward the repairs.

The council still falls $2.8million short of the $7 million price tag for the completed upgrade.

A report detailing the monetary contributions needed to complete the upgrade was tabled Thursday night's ordinary council meeting.

Cr Warren Polglase, in a two part motion, proposed the council seek the commitment from the potential Federal Election candidates for the seat of Richmond, for $7 million to complete the upgrade and repair.

The proposal was shut down by opposing councillors Katie Milne, Gary Bagnall and Mayor Barry Longland.

Cr Longland said he sat in council "gob smacked" years ago when priorities for Kennedy Dr were moved to make way for Kirkwood Rd.

"[Tweed Shire Council is the] only regional council in the state that's got to build a highway interchange," he said.

"And you know $13 million the figure is so far, we've bankrupted the Tweed Roads Contribution Plan to achieve that."

Cr Polglase wasn't impressed.

"You know Mr Mayor I've never seen such a weak-kneed reaction to try to get fund from state of federal government," he said.

"There's no real hurry or commitment, there's no action moving forward.

"If we wait for years to come we probably won't have enough funds for 10 years."

Cr Milne said it wasn't the Federal Government's responsibility.

"I think it's a bit disingenuous of Councillor Polglase to neglect the heat of the diversion of funds that was for Kennedy Dr that was diverted toward Kirkwood Rd," she said.

"Of course we'd all like 7 million dollars out of the Federal Government but to do it this way...I don't think it's appropriate."

Cr Youngblutt disagreed and said if council we did not ask, they would not get.

"And its all part of the Commonwealth...we need the funds and we haven't got them," he said.

"If we've got any possibility of getting it why not ask?"

Cr Caroline Byrne agreed before telling the councillors to stop their in house bickering.

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