Reece Byrnes, speaking with Richmond MP Justine Elliot, will again seek public election, this time as part of a Labor Tweed Shire Council ticket.
Reece Byrnes, speaking with Richmond MP Justine Elliot, will again seek public election, this time as part of a Labor Tweed Shire Council ticket. Blainey Woodham

Labor reveals council ticket

THE Labor Party has announced four Tweed locals will contest the Tweed Shire Council elections in September 2012.

Former solicitor Michael Armstrong, failed state Labor candidate Reece Byrnes, and residents Marion Gardner and Fred Hewison have vowed to improve services in the shire.

In a statement released this morning, Mr Armstrong accused the current councillors of being out of touch with the needs of the community.

"Locals tell me that our council needs to provide the services that they need and to provide greater assistance to promote local business," Mr Armstrong said.

"We need councillors who understand the real issues locals are facing and we need a council which will take steps to deliver real solutions."

Mr Byrnes attempted to throw Nationals MP Geoff Provest out of his safe seat in the last state election, but received just 21.4% of the primary vote compared to Mr Provest's 62.1%.

In two-party preferred terms Mr Provest came out on top 71.7% to 28.3%.

Mr Armstrong said the experience taught the young university student the importance of getting in and having a go.

"As a local I know the strength of our community and I'll fight for the issues that are important to us, like better services and a strong safe community," Mr Byrnes said.

Federal Labor MP Justine Elliot said the team wanted to get the council "back to basics" and protect the Tweed "way of life."

State Labor MP Walt Secord said the team would focus on council services like garbage collection, library services and fixing local roads.

"Make no mistake, this is a Tweed team through and through," Mr Secord said.



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