Candidate warns of recession

TWEED Shire councillors were late yesterday urged by federal Liberal candidate Joan van Lieshout to take extra care in awarding contracts for promoting tourism and economic development because Australia could face recession.

“We could have a double-dip recession coming up,” Cr van Lieshout told a special meeting of councillors called to consider awarding the contracts worth about $1 million.

“Our decisions we make here for the future of the Tweed are vital,” she warned.

Cr van Lieshout, who is contesting the seat of Richmond for the Liberals, later explained she believed economic problems in the United States, Greece and Spain could create a global “double-dip” recession by 2012.

“I'm hoping Australia will be able to hold out,” she said, adding that she believed candidates in the federal election should “be careful what we promise people”.

The councillors voted to decline all tenders for four of five contracts, but enter into further negotiations with two tenderers, while awarding the fifth contract, for monitoring statistics on economic development, to Melbourne-based company ID Consulting.

Greens Party councillor Katie Milne failed in a last-minute bid to re-advertise tenders because she argued the process should have attracted more companies.

She criticised the proposed negotiations to be held with the previously council-funded organisations, Tweed Tourism and the Tweed Economic Development Corporation (TEDC).

“I would have liked to have seen a lot more submissions,” Cr Milne said. “We are missing out on getting new blood.”

Mayor Warren Polglase excused himself from the meeting because he is a director of TEDC.



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