Tweed Council Offers Olive Branch to Business

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In a move to mend bridges with the business community the council has decided to join the NSW Business Chamber.

The business sector publicly criticised the council over its recent decision to sack the council’s pro-business General Manager.

Mayor Barry Longland said he understood people were upset but the council was within its rights to do so.

A state government investigation backed up the Mayor’s view.

But Cr Longland said the negative mood was an indication that business wasn’t happy and the council is doing what it can to help.

“There was a bit of angst around and I guess these measures are an indication that business community and the wider community that economic development and job creation and local economic development are at the top of our agenda,” Cr Longland said.

The Tweed Shire Council also won’t be going ahead with plans for paid parking.

“A number of councillors were seduced by the idea that it could be a revenue raising measure but since the announcement of a study that council looked at, the community opposition to this has been enormous,” Cr Longland said.

“I think it was time for that to be put back to the council so that we could reassess and I am pleased to support there’s been a unanimous decision to abandon the whole idea,” he said.

The mayor rejects claims that the move is an attempt to appease the business community.
Source: ABC News

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