Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Heart-Starter for Mur'bah; BRAVE MOVE: Council Backs Developer

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Heart-Starter for Mur'bah; BRAVE MOVE: Council Backs Developer

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Byline: Peter Caton peter.caton@tweednews.com.au

STALLED redevelopment in the "dead heart" of South Murwillum-bah could take more personal involvement by councillors in planning issues and a change of attitude on flood issues from NSW State Emergency Services.

That's according to Cr Phil Youngblutt, a past president of the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber, who along with Cr Warren Polglase has "called up" one development application, a proposal for a reception and conference centre, after it stalled with council planners.

The proposal, put forward by Murwillumbah businessman Craig Dudgeon, is due to be debated at the December council meeting after some staff and at least one councillor tried to convince Mr Dudgeon that dealing with the issues was so complicated he should withdraw his development application.

"Council planners were refusing to accept what he put up," said Cr Youngblutt.

"But there are always two sides to a story so we called it up to make a decision. …

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