Milne to grill Polglase on park
TWEED mayor Warren Polglase faces scrutiny over his role as manager of a huge mobile home park on the Tweed whose owners want to add another 45 home sites.
Greens Party councillor Katie Milne has given notice of a series of questions she intends to ask about a development application lodged by the company owning the Noble Lakeside Park at Kingscliff, which already has 254 homes.
Cr Polglase manages the park for Baclon Pty Ltd, the company of Keith Noble, son of a former Murwillumbah real estate agent who founded the over-50s residential park.
A development application set to be considered by the controversial, special planning panel appointed by the council and NSW government last year proposes 45 new home sites on the northern side of a lake on the 21.9 hectare property.
Nearby is the old Kingscliff sewage treatment site bought by Gales Holdings, which has been fighting a prolonged court battle with the council to establish a future shopping centre on the land.
Cr Milne has asked whether Cr Polglase, as manager of the park, is aware there have allegedly been “inducements offered and penalties threatened by the owner of Noble Lakeside Estate to residents in regard to making submissions on the current development proposal”.
She has also called on the mayor to advise if he has been part of communications concerning “either rewards or penalties for residents’ submissions”.
On top of that, Cr Mine has called for the council general manager Mike Rayner to report on a series of issues concerning “any native vegetation removal” north of the lake.
She also wants to know if Cr Polglase has had any communication with the council about the development.
Cr Polglase said he had lodged a pecuniary interest declaration with the council when the development application was lodged three months ago. He said he could not comment on any of the matters due to that pecuniary interest.
Mr Noble, speaking from his Sydney office, said he was concerned anything he said could be “twisted around” but added: “All my intentions are completely honourable.”