Tweed Shire Council at a glance
Yes to booze
MAYOR Katie Milne’s motion to ban booze at council meetings has failed. “I feel embarrassed about it, it will be cheaper and better for us if we put a stop to this,” she said. Cr Phil Youngblutt said the motion “should include drug testing”, before it was lost 3:2.
A $750,860 proposal to begin consultancy work on the Clarrie Hall Dam upgrade was halted after Cr Milne used her casting vote against the plan, concerned the cost was too high to not go to public tender. She said not all options for securing the Tweed’s water supply were considered.
CR GARY Bagnall and Cr Milne failed to stop stabilising works at Clarrie Purnell Park, Condong. Cr Bagnall said patches of rocks and plastic “were not a good look”, while Cr Milne called for a workshop on more aesthetically appealing options. Their bid failed 2:3.
THE October music event at Murwillumbah Showgrounds was unanimously approved. Staff said the organiser was very experienced and the event only had two complaints last year. Up to 3000 patrons a day are expected.
Battle on the Border
THREE-YEAR funding of the Battle on the Border Cycling Festival will mean ratepayers will fork out $10,000, $7500 and $5000, respectively, on the condition QSM Sports gives annual reports on council’s return on investment.
CR CAROLYN Byrne’s motion that residents be able to buy personalised tiles for walls at refurbished Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah libraries won, while Cr Milne’s bid for council staff to instead report on crowd-funding, fundraising dinners, or councillor workshops, was lost.
COUNCIL will ask Leda Holdings to increase the size of the main culvert planned for wildlife movements through the Cobaki mega-development near Piggabeen. A total of 5000 homes are planned to be built at the site over the next 20 years.
COUNCILLORS voted to support Mayor Katie Milne in a motion to write to state MPs over concerns of widespread discrimination against disadvantaged residents seeking affordable rental accommodation.
The case of an Aboriginal woman forced to live in a tent with her children on the river bank, recently featured in the Tweed Daily News, was raised by Cr Milne who said the woman had eventually been forced to hitchhike out of town.
Council will write to MPs Thomas George and Geoff Provest, calling for more help in affordable rentals.
Naming of trees
Councilors unanimously supported for a report on the cost of displaying the names of native trees at two parks, at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.