Tweed council pushes for takeover

TWEED councillors have called on the NSW Government to take over $300 million worth of arterial road projects following its decision to limit the amount the council can charge developers for infrastructure.

In a protest at the government's $20,000 cap on fees the council charges developers for each new block of land, councillors last night voted to “negotiate” with the government to hand over the responsibility of building arterial roads required for urban growth areas.

Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase recommended the councillors push for the takeover as an alternative to raising rates which he said would be necessary because of the cap on developer fees.

Under the plan the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority would be given responsibility for the planned Cobaki Parkway, Boyd Street interchange and Cobaki Creek Bridge serving the proposed new township at Cobaki Lakes, duplication of the Tweed Coast Road, upgrading Kennedy Drive and building other new roads and bridges.

Cr Polglase said a precedent had been set because the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority had generously funded arterial roads needed for urban growth in Sydney and the Central Coast.



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