Greens Party councillor Katie Milne.
Greens Party councillor Katie Milne.

No need for sports centre: Cr Milne

THE Tweed has no "overriding need" for a regional sports centre at Arkinstall Park, Tweed Heads South and attempts to get Federal Government funding for the project should be dropped, says Tweed Shire Greens Party councillor Katie Milne.

Cr Milne this week failed in a bid to have the council seeks government funds for other projects when other councillors decide to resubmit an application for funding the multi-million project which was rejected recently by the Federal government.

The failure of the submission has prompted a war of words between some councillors and Federal Labor Mp for Richmond Justine Elliot who called on the councillors to stand aside if they cannot complete applications which meet the government's criteria.

It is understood Federal public servants shelved Tweed's application along with hundreds of others in favour of dealing with those that strictly met criteria it had set down.

Cr Polglase claimed it was Ms Elliot's because she should have ensured the public servants looking at the applications came back to the council and gave the council the chance to add extra information.

But Cr Mine said the application had clearly failed.

"I query the logic of re-submitting an application that was not successful. Basically they didn't like it," she said.

"It would be insane and madness to try to do it again.

"It's not what I hear on the street that we have an overriding need for a sports centre."

Cr Polglase replied that "over 800 kids and their parents" used Arkinstall Park every weekend and wanted better facilities.

Cr Dot Holdom said she was prepared to resubmit the application 100 times "if I have to".

Ms Elliot claimed the council's previous application was "incomplete and subsequently could not even be assessed against the essential criteria".

"I continually fight for more funds for Tweed Shire Council, but in this case it's impossible to represent their cause when their projects could not be considered due to the poorly completed forms," she said.

"I can't do the council's job for them, it is up to the councillors to fix this urgently and make sure that future applications are at least eligible for consideration."


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