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Residents put their faith in mayor to stop development

Tweed mayor Barry Longland with Oasis Community Association president John Wray. Behind them is the proposed site of the storage facility.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland with Oasis Community Association president John Wray. Behind them is the proposed site of the storage facility. Contributed

TWEED mayor Barry Longland has been dubbed a saviour by Oasis Community Association president John Wray.

Cr Longland visited the Oasis community in Tweed Heads South this morning to discuss residents' concerns about a proposed elevated shipping container storage facility, which would be located next to the community if it is approved.

Oasis Community Association president John Wray hopes the DA13/0202 development application for the elevated 62 container facility would not pass the planning stage.

Mr Wray claimed councillors Carolyn Byrne, Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt had not responded to communications regarding the facility, while deputy mayor Michael Armstrong, Gary Bagnall and Katie Milne had shown some interest in the resident's plight.

He thinks Cr Longland could have the deciding vote if the facility passes the planning stage and goes before council.

"I think Barry is our saviour," he said.

"I said to Barry that if I wake up in the morning this is what I will see.

"You get a better idea of the elevation of the site when you visit here."

Mr Wray also said he would be speaking at a community consultation meeting taking place at the council chambers in Murwillumbah this afternoon at 4.45pm.

Cr Longland said he merely visited the Oasis to get a better idea of the location of the facility and to hear residents concerns.

"The application is still being assessed," he said.

"I've received a bit of representation from people from the Oasis.

"I was able to go there to hear their concerns."

But Cr Longland was clear he preferred to remain unbiased at this stage.

"I'm not sure of the decision of planning staff," he said.

"If it is being recommended with approval, council will have to see what's involved."

Topics:  barry longland tweed shire council



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