Tweed mayor Barry Longland.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland. John Gass

Barry Longland is up for it and ready to go again

BARRY Longland has confirmed he will recontest the mayoralty at this month's Tweed Shire Council meeting.

The vote for mayor and deputy mayor, which only councillors participate in, will happen at the start of the September 19 meeting.

Cr Longland said it had been a difficult year in some respects, including the decision to sack former general manager David Keenan in March.

But he said he had a lot of unfinished business, including shaping economic development and the council's response to the local government review and reforms to the NSW Planning Act

"I want to see these things through," he said.

Cr Longland said the amount of flack he copped over the sacking of the GM was unjustified.

He said it had been a difficult year in some respects, including the decision to sack former general manager David Keenan in March.

"My view was that my actions in that David Keenan issue was in the best interests of the shire."

He said serving as mayor had been a privilege and honour.

Cr Warren Polglase, who served five terms as mayor, said he had not decided whether he would stand again.

"I'm tossing up the idea," he said.

He initially declined to comment on Cr Longland's performance as mayor.

But he later admitted the GM shock sacking, which he opposed, had been a disappointment.

Cr Polglase said to this day he had not received a credible reason for it and the issue had been an unnecessary disruption.

Who should elect the mayor of Tweed Shire?

This poll ended on 11 September 2013.

Current Results

The people of the Tweed at election time.

78%

The councillors should choose.

21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"We haven't achieved as much as I thought we should have achieved," he said.

Deputy Mayor Michael Armstrong, a first-term councillor, said he would serve in any capacity other councillors saw fit.

He said a lot of good initiatives had been started, including planning for population growth over the next 20 years.



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