Tweed Shire Council general manager Mike Rayner has called for a mature debate on the issue of population growth.
Tweed Shire Council general manager Mike Rayner has called for a mature debate on the issue of population growth. Daily News

Tweed, we need to talk

RETIRING Tweed Shire Council general manager Mike Rayner has called for a mature debate on the future management of population growth.

Speaking before the Tweed District Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning, Mr Rayner said the issue of population growth in the region had been a topic of conflict and intense debate for decades.

He said a lot of criticism around the population debate had centred on greenfield property development sites such as Kings Forest and Cobaki Lakes, but he made the point new greenfield sites had not been earmarked for development beyond the next 10-15 years.

"Beyond that we need to be looking at urban consolidation as the future of the Tweed," he said. "If we want to live in a sustainable environment we need to have a much more sensible conversation about urban consolidation. What is wrong, for example, with two- or three-storey residential developments over, for example, Tweed City (Shopping Centre)?"



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