Logo sparks council spat

A PUSH by Tweed Shire Council senior officers to dump a 10-year-old council logo has sparked a major row among councillors.

Some are furious at Greens councillor Katie Milne for revealing that a Brisbane company was likely to get the contract designing a new logo.

Tweed Mayor Joan van Lieshout said Cr Milne may have even breached certain confidentiality provisions by revealing what she said was discussed in a briefing session.

But Cr Milne argued she simply wanted the Tweed public to have some say on any future logo.

The old logo features colourful squiggles that represent the Tweed River, Mt Warning and the sun.

But according to Cr van Lieshout, the design should be replaced because it no longer portrayed the true image of the Tweed.

Cr Milne is angry that her colleagues and the council officers want to spend $40,000 on a new “branding program” for the council's corporate image.

Pushing for local artists to have input, she said the community had been excluded because senior officers labelled it a “corporate matter”.

“I've tried to advocate that the community be involved in the logo development,” Cr Milne said.

“We have one of the highest populations of artists in Australia in the Tweed area.

“This new branding is to be contracted to a Brisbane-based consultancy firm.

“I begged councillors and staff to at least source the design work from the community via a logo competition.”

In addition to having a large artistic community, the Tweed had an excellent graphic art course at Kingscliff TAFE and arts courses at Murwillumbah TAFE, Cr Milne said.

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