Community Centre plans on hold
PLANS for the long-awaited Community Centre for Murwillumbah have been put on hold after the project failed to win a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Government.
The loss of the money and the shelving of the project were yesterday slammed by Tweed Shire councillor and Liberal candidate for the Federal seat of Richmond, Joan van Lieshout, sparking a war of words with sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot.
Ms Elliot said it was disappointing the council's application was unsuccessful, but if it was up to the Liberal and the National parties, the council would not have received any funding.
“This is devastating for the community,” said Cr van Lieshout, adding that Murwillumbah Lions Club had raised $300,000 for the building and the council had committed up to $800,000.
Cr van Lieshout said, on average, Ballina Shire had received $47.13 per person from similar funding, Kyogle $122.15, Lismore $60.25 but the Tweed received zero.
Ms Elliot said the applications under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program were subject to a rigorous assessment process.
She said the Tweed had received $1.8 million for various projects, including the Tweed Heads Visitor Centre, stage two of the Tweed Heads Skate Park, CCTV in Murwillumbah, upgrades to Ambrose Brown Parkand the Burringbar-Mooball Cycleway.
She said Liberal and National Party politicians had voted against the funding scheme not just once, but on multiple occasions.