“BRING ON THE GASFIELDS” SAYS TWEED BUSINESS CHAMBER
Lock the Tweed spokesperson Michael McNamara has challenged the Tweed Business Chamber to declare their position on Coal Seam Gas (or unconventional gas) mining in Tweed Shire after they came out in opposition to Tweed Shire Council’s plans to sign post the Tweed as Gasfield Free.
“The Tweed Business Chamber recently wrote to Council opposing the proposal to add signage designating the Tweed Shire as Gasfield Free at various entry points to the Shire and at local communities that have already declared themselves Gasfield Free” he said.
“Are they really saying to the Council, and the broader Tweed Shire community, that the members of the Tweed Business Chamber want Gasfields in the Tweed Shire?”
“I find this hard to believe when their Vice-President, Warren Polglase, as a Councillor actually moved the resolution at Council in 2011 for a moratorium”
“All this proposal of the Council does is to advertise the position that the Council has taken, at the urging of Cr Polglase”
“I hope he is not ashamed or embarrassed about actually taking a position that sits well with the community”
“I have to wonder whether this decision to oppose the signage taken at a general meeting of the Chamber?”
“They claim that this will put off business investors”
“This proposal by the Council actually supports the tourism and business development plans for Tweed Shire, given that all this planning is based on us being ‘clean and green’ and welcoming of innovation rather than more of the same old tired business models”
“The Tweed Business Chamber have just got this thing so wrong it is unbelievable that the decision was passed at a general meeting”
“Every time the Tweed Shire community have been asked they have nominated environmental protection as their top priority”
“If the Tweed Business Chamber want to have any credibility they need to ensure that they are reflecting the priorities and views, not just of their members, but also, of the community they serve”
“I have to question, based on the position they have taken on this issue, whether they are doing either”