Mayor demands delivery on promises
TWEED Mayor Warren Polglase yesterday put federal election candidates for the seat of Richmond on notice that the council would be demanding action on promises immediately after the August 21 poll.
Cr Polglase said he had also begun asking candidates to put their promises for infrastructure spending in the Tweed in writing to the council.
In the week after the election he said Tweed Shire Council would write to the successful candidate asking for promised funding.
Cr Polglase said he had already put staff for sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot on notice that he wants a promise, in writing, for the $1.5 million Ms Elliot and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese earlier this week said would be provided for a new Murwillumbah Community Centre.
He said he intended to seek a similar written promise from National party candidate Alan Hunter who has vowed to provide $150,000 for CCTV cameras in the Banora Point Shopping Centre to improve security and crack down on antisocial behaviour.
“A lot of people make these verbal promises. Sometimes they get elected and then don't come up with the money,” said Cr Polglase.
“The community centre at Murwillumbah is shovel ready. But we can't go to tender unless we have the funds identified and available.
“We need a formal response from the minister saying these funds are available. That enables us to go to public tender.”
Cr Polglase said he was “sick and tired” of promises being made during election campaigns which later were not delivered.
For that reason he would seek commitments from candidates in writing.
“If someone makes political promises we will be on their back after the election asking where the money is,” he said.
“I would expect a letter back within a week.
“We will communicate with the Daily News on how we are going.”