FORMER Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was at Banora Point today to help launch the Labor Party's bid to get representation on the Tweed Shire Council.

Michael Armstrong and Reece Byrnes are the Labor candidates for the Tweed Shire Council elections in September.

Mr Rudd said the candidates were Tweed people and had strong connections with the community.

"What I do know for any council to function effectively you need balance," Mr Rudd said.

"We need mainstream community representation.

"They have learnt lots under the tutelage of Justine (Elliot)."

Mr Rudd said these were "two good blokes".

Mr Armstrong used the opportunity of a full room at The Salvation Army Tweed Centre to attack the council.

"We need a council who understands the challenges of the future," Mr Armstrong said.

"If we are elected we will get back to the basics."

"We will make sure locals will get real value for their rates."

Tweed Shire mayor Barry Longland was at the campaign launch as an invited guest because of his position with the council.

He said it was not his place to comment on the launch of Labor's campaign.

"There has been debate in the community about having politicians as representatives in council.

Cr Longland said he was not prepared to announce whether he would be a candidate in September.

"I guess I have a bit of a job to do from today," Cr Longland said.



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