Hospital splits community
Mayor’s stance ‘riddled with holes’, says councillor
TWEED Shire councillor Pryce Allsop has criticised Mayor Katie Milne over plans to “blackmail” businesses involved in the Tweed Valley Hospital build, saying she needs to stop “dividing our community over and over”.
Cr Milne controversially agreed to back a motion to blacklist local contractors and businesses involved in the hospital build during a protest against the site on Monday.
But she later backtracked after protesters retracted their call for the boycott.
However, Cr Milne has not backed down on the idea and said in a statement this week the boycott would have helped prevent “even worse economic and social impacts” from the hospital.
Cr Allsop said in a Facebook post that he disagreed with “blackmailing businesses to boycott construction” and the council could be “legally challenged through any open tender processes”.
“It could mean that on occasions we would be unable to accept any tenders, companies would be asked to provide a disclose on their part in the hospital’s works or input into the facilitation of construction or the supply of products to the hospital,” he said.
“If this was somehow overlooked or a new company was formed to evade the disclosure, again another considerable issue. We would possibly see a situation not unlike insider trading whereas a company might find they are the only business eligible for tendering, then placing tenders well above the competitive price.
“It is ridiculous. The intent of the mayor’s scheme is riddled with holes. Not sure if the mayor understands that dividing our community over and over isn’t healthy particularly over extended periods, things can become nasty, we see this time and time again.
“I would love to see our mayor being the type of person that shares the information that is shared with her.”