Calls for Tweed Mayor to resign over hospital boycott threat

Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne is under pressure to step down after she threatened local tradies who planned to work on the construction of the new hospital.

Cr Milne joined more than 130 protesters who blockaded the site on Monday preventing crews from beginning preliminary work.

Ms Milne has proposed a Council black ban on contractors, tradies and businesses that apply for work on the three-year-long build of the hospital.


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She’s also suggesting Council should help with future blockades.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest says the Mayor should now resign.

“The Mayor should not only provide a full apology to the Tweed community, but I believe she has shown her inability to lead an effective council, and therefore should tender her resignation,” he said.

He added Cr Milne doesn’t have the power to ban tradies from taking future jobs with the Council if they work on the hospital build.

“She needs the support of the other councillors, I’m really concerned that she’s put fear into all the tradies out there.”

The Tweed Chamber of Commerce also condemned the Mayor’s actions.

“This is a great overreach of power by the Mayor and a great misuse of ratepayer resources,” Tweed Chamber President Warren Polglase said in a statement.

“We want a strong and vibrant business community which is why Chamber is calling on Clr Milne to abandon her tirade against local businesses.”

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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