Council calls for Tweed brand on Byron site

WITH the sold out Falls Music & Arts Festival kicking off this week, Tweed Shire Council wants the event venue to change its name to the Tweed Byron Parklands in exchange for a discount on its water.

North Byron Parklands at Yelgun has asked the council to provide it the $3.40 per kilolitre local rate on its bulk water supply instead of the $10.20 out-of-shire fee it currently pays.

Owners argue while the parklands are in Byron Shire, the Tweed Shire is well situated to benefit financially from the site.

But at this month's meeting councillors voted 5-2 to charge the park-lands $6 per kilolitre for the time being, reducing its income from between $13,440 to $20,160.

If however the owners agree to change the site's name, council may consider offering the local fee in the future.

Mayor Barry Longland said while the site was in Byron Shire, the landholding included 200ha in the Tweed Shire which the owners planned to develop.

But Cr Katie Milne questioned why they would offer such a deal to non-locals especially as business discounts had been a bone of contention in the past.

Cr Phil Youngblutt said: "They've given a commitment to promote the Tweed Shire in the long run as well".

Cr Warren Polglase warned that the water contained fluoride while Cr Youngblutt also pointed out it "was non-organic".

Parklands general manager Mat Morris said they were flattered but such a decision would have to go before a meeting of the parkland's board.

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