Dossier prompts meeting

TWEED councillors will meet behind closed doors tomorrow to discuss the controversial dossier compiled by major developer Leda which accused the council's planning department of anti-development bias.

But the private "workshop" session will offer no avenue for most people who have had allegations made against them in the dossier to have their say, including some council staff and environmentalists.

Mayor Barry Longland said the meeting would deal with "what our response will be" to the dossier prepared by Leda, the company behind the proposed townships at Cobaki west of Tweed Heads and Kings Forest south of Kingscliff.

Cr Longland said the session would also deal with "the responsibilities and obligations of councillors".

But he said the report was a confidential document and would not be publicly released, despite media leaks.

Cr Katie Milne, while not commenting directly about the report, criticised Leda, which relied on a substantial number of documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws to compile the dossier.

"There is only one trained environmental officer in council's whole planning department. She has to cope with all of these massive developments while under the scrutiny of relentless FOI requests from Leda Developments," Cr Milne wrote in a letter to the Daily News.



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