Our leaders: Dot Holdom, Kevin Skinner, Mike Rayner, Joan Van Lieshout, Warren Polglase, Barry Longland, Phil Youngblutt and Katie Milne.
Our leaders: Dot Holdom, Kevin Skinner, Mike Rayner, Joan Van Lieshout, Warren Polglase, Barry Longland, Phil Youngblutt and Katie Milne.

Mayor says no donations were made

MAYOR Kevin Skinner is the only elected Tweed councillor claiming he received no donations whatsoever to help in his 2008 election campaign.

Others have told the NSW Election Funding Authority they received thousands of dollars.

Liberal Party candidate Joan van Lieshout was given a cheque for $12,425 to pay her campaign expenses – although that was from her millionaire husband Peter.

Cr Phil Youngblutt, who ran on a ticket with Burringbar Real Estate agent Stuart Cahill, farmer Col Brooks and former Murwillumbah Business Chamber director Erroll Goulding, was substantially backed by the National Party.

He declared he received $5000 from the Tweed Heads South office of the National Party with another $5250 contributed to the campaign by members of the group – although they described their affiliation as “independent” on election papers.

Returns lodged with the NSW Election Funding Authority require candidates to list “reportable political donations that are $1000 or more each or multiple donations from the same source in one financial year that total $1000 or more”.

Cr Warren Polglase earlier this week was forced to defend himself against allegations he did not declare a number of donations from developer Godfrey Mantle.

But the allegations were unfounded because the donations were clearly listed on returns lodged for his election group.

Cr Skinner, who ran on a ticket with four others, said in his return his campaign was “self-funded” to the tune of $6577.

Cr Dot Holdom said her group provided its own funding of $16,441 although it did receive one “small political donation” of $100.

Cr Barry Longland said his Tweed Community First group provided $3650 of its own funding.

It also received a donation of $3000 from Anthony Longland of Tamarama, a beachside Sydney suburb, 22 small political donations amounting to $1792 and $1730 from the group’s campaign fundraising event.

Greens Party candidate Katie Milne’s group received $6000 from the Tweed Greens and two small donations totalling $70.

A cheque for $12,425 to Cr Joan van Lieshout for election costs came from her millionaire husband.



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