Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]No Place for Byron in Tweed'; NO WAY: Mayor Skinner Pours Cold Water on Amalgamation

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]No Place for Byron in Tweed'; NO WAY: Mayor Skinner Pours Cold Water on Amalgamation

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

TWEED is better off without parts of Byron Shire being added to the council area, Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner said.

Cr Skinner yesterday declared the Tweed would not be interested in taking over parts of Byron Shire, such as Ocean Shores or Brunswick Heads, because the shire was already abig enougha and self-contained.

His comments should come as good news to a number of Byron residents, whose Greens Party mayor Jan Barham claimed a NSW Coalition government would sack Byron council and amalgamate it with another council. Ms Barham, who is running as a Greens Party candidate for the upper house and has been warning against the chance that the Coalition might control both houses of Parliament, said Byron was a small shire with financial difficulties, but wanted to stand alone.

aThere are a lot of concerns within the community at the moment with a possible changing government,a she said this week.

aPeople are saying that the council will be sacked, that we'll be forced to amalgamate. …

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