Mayor Barry Longland is Tweed Shire Council’s ‘wild card’ who has publically committed to ‘protect our environment’ yet often makes key decisions to the contrary.
Of the seven councillors, three consistently vote pro-environment (Cr Milne, Cr Bagnall, Cr Armstrong – although occasionally Cr Armstrong votes the other way) and three consistently vote anti-environment (Cr Polglase, Cr Youngblutt, Cr Byrne – with occasional votes the other way). Mayor Longland’s vote, therefore, can be a critical factor in whether or not an environmentally oriented motion gets through.
The following is a list of council meetings demonstrating his failure to protect our precious area. In red are motions where his vote tipped the scales for/against the environment. We rejoice when he votes in favour of an environmentally friendly motion! Unfortunately it’s never reliably so.
You can find Council Minutes at http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au click on ‘Council Meetings’ and then scroll down to the month and underneath the Items are the Minutes which you can download and read.