Mayor: Council can't ban boats

Tweed Shire Council say they are studying erosion on Tweed River, but cannot ban power boats.
Tweed Shire Council say they are studying erosion on Tweed River, but cannot ban power boats.

TWEED Shire Council has slammed Tweed River Awareness Committee for spreading misleading information.

The committee has claimed that the Wake on Tweed River Erosion Study will lead to the banning of power boats on the river.

While the group made assumptions about the council banning recreational water sports, jet skis and boats, mayor Barry Longland said the council had no power to do so and that would be up to the NSW Department of Roads and Maritime services.

The wake erosion study was carried out to find solutions to minimise wake erosion and did not make any recommendations to ban powered water craft.

"Tweed Shire Council will use the information generated by the study to plan its own work on riverbank stabilisation, predominantly through structural works, and may make a submission to NSW Maritime about towing and riverbank erosion," Cr Longland said.

"The options discussed in the study seek to balance the demand for recreational boating in the upper estuary against the environmental and economic impacts of vessel wake-generated river bank erosion," he said.

First National Real Estate Tweed City principal Paul Charlton said the biggest concern was decrease in house prices.

Mr Charlton said businesses that use the river were in fear of shutting down and residents are concerned about not being able to use it for recreational activities.

"Places like Fingal, Chinderah and Tumbulgum will be affected (property prices) because the access to the river is a big draw. Let's face it buyers at the moment are somewhat limited," he said.

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