Hot debates expected at tomorrow’s council meeting

The new-look Tweed Shire Council team.
The new-look Tweed Shire Council team.

THIS week's Tweed Shire Council meeting on Thursday comes at a significant time in regard to the future of local government.

With fears of amalgamation and the proposal to seek recognition of local governments in the Australian constitution, Tweed councillors are looking at some ground-breaking debate.

A hot topic will be the mayor's visit to Canberra this week to discuss the referendum in the upcoming federal election.

The referendum will ask simply whether Australians want local government to be recognised as a tier of the Australian government.

Tweed Shire Council has joined the "fight to be recognised."

The feedback from a public meeting on the Kings Forest development being held yesterday will also be discussed.

Another hot topic has the mayor and deputy mayor at loggerheads.

Deputy mayor Michael Armstrong is pushing to put a freeze on the mayor and councillors' remuneration.

But Tweed mayor Barry Longland is pushing for a raise.

Cr Longland pointed out that the rate of inflation was 2.2% and fees should be adjusted accordingly.

The upgrade and repair of Kennedy Drive and the future of the Murwillumbah Railway Station are also on the agenda.

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