Ques­tions over wa­ter

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

ON BE­HALF of thou­sands of Tweed ratepay­ers I chal­lenge the gen­eral man­ager of Tweed Shire Coun­cil to can­cel the ex­cess wa­ter bills cov­er­ing the months of Au­gust and Septem­ber for all house­holds and busi­nesses as some mea­gre com­pen­sa­tion for coun­cil’s cat­a­strophic in­abil­ity to han­dle the salt wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion of Bray Park Weir.

It is in­ex­cus­able that in this age of so­phis­ti­cated weather, tidal and river-flow mon­i­tor­ing, coun­cil could not have an­tic­i­pated an event which dam­aged thou­sands of plants and do­mes­tic gar­dens due to non-ex­is­tent pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures and late and in­suf­fi­cient ad­vice.

Whether or not an ex­emp­tion is granted, the four ma­jor­ity coun­cil­lors should im­me­di­ately de­mand an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the con­tam­i­na­tion with those di­rectly re­spon­si­ble stood aside un­til the mat­ter is fully in­ves­ti­gated.

Yet again, TSC has demon­strated it has barely reg­is­tered the dawn of the 20th cen­tury, let alone the 21st.

The SES sent SMS evac­u­a­tion no­tices to those af­fected dur­ing the re­cent floods; has no­body in coun­cil

the nous to do the same when the most im­por­tant

sta­ple of life is at stake? Shame.

— Jeremy Corn­ford, Kingscliff


SALT WA­TER: Res­i­dents in the Tweed re­gion have turned to drink­ing bot­tled wa­ter af­ter salty tidal wa­ter in­un­dated the coun­cil’s Bray Park Weir.

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