Warren vows action
TWEED'S “recycled” mayor Warren Polglase was yesterday back at his mayoral desk, once again focused on encouraging development that he says is vital for keeping locals in work.
Cr Polglase was forced to vacate the desk four years ago when the council was sacked by the NSW Labor Government for allegedly being too close to developers.
The controversial dismissal followed a council election campaign for pro-development councillors, which was heavily funded by a war-chest topped up by development companies.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cr Polglase won back the mayor- alty in a lucky draw following a tied vote with Cr Barry Longland.
Cr Polglase yesterday unashamedly listed his priorities as development. They range from the council's redevelopment and beautification of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour to two new townships proposed at Kings Forest, west of Casuarina Beach, and Cobaki Lakes, west of the Gold Coast Airport.
“Those two major projects will be moving towards sales in the next 12 to 14 months,” he said.
“That is going to be the future growth area.
“Council needs to take a lead role to push things along to make that happen.
“A lot of young guys in their 30s and 40s with families rely on jobs in the construction industry.
“ All that sort of activity is one of the main drivers of jobs in the Tweed.
“Where we sit as councillors, we can make these things happen quicker.”
Cr Polglase said he expected work on the Jack Evans Boat Harbour project to finally get under way soon, after more than a decade of the council talking about it.
“When I first came on to council in the early '90s, it was on the agenda then. It has been through so many processes,” he said.
“Now we have got the additional funding (from a Federal Government employment stimulus grant) we are going ahead. We do need more funding and one of my priorities will be to sit down with the minister (Federal MP and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot) to move things along.
“I've always had a good relationship with Justine ever since she went into politics.”
Cr Polglase's priorities also include trying to convince the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority to modify its plans for traffic leaving the long-awaited Sexton Hill Pacific Highway upgrade and entering Minjungbal Drive at South Tweed Heads.
He said the current plan would provide just one lane of traffic.
As well, South Tweed businesses and their customers desperately needed a new access from the highway along Kirkwood Road.
State MP for Tweed Geoff Provest yesterday welcomed the return of his National Party colleague to the mayor's desk.
“I look forward to working with Warren. I had a fair amount of experience with him previously and I find him a straight shooter,” Mr Provest said. “He has the spirit of the Tweed behind him”.“A lot of young guys in their 30s and 40s with families rely on jobs in the construction industry. All that sort of activity is one of the main drivers of jobs in the Tweed.”