Leda's mediator request denied
TWEED Shire Council will not enter into mediation with a major developer in the Tweed who claimed an anti-development bias with council's planning officers.
At the council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted four to three to not enter third-party mediation with Leda Developments on its Cobaki and Kings Forest developments.
Mayor Barry Longland said in the council meeting that Blackadder Consulting, who Leda put forward as independent mediators, was a satisfactory independent mentor.
Councillor Warren Polglase said mediation was a waste of time and money.
"I do not support this recommendation because there is no dollar amount attached to it," Cr Polglase said.
"I don't think as a council we need to go through this and I don't think Leda would want to proceed now that both parties are moving forward.
"I think we should be out there filling more potholes rather than putting money to this."
Councillor Katie Milne said the mediation was important.
"Are we saying that we don't support the council staff that want to have mediation," Cr Milne said.
"It was beneficial for the council staff to respond to those concerns."
Councillors Polglase, Phil Youngblutt, Kevin Skinner and Joan van Lieshout voted against the mediation with the developer.
Leda Developments wrote two confidential dossiers to council claiming anti-development bias from council that sparked the request for mediation.
Leda Developments declined to comment on the council's decision on Tuesday.