Tweed Shire’s Mayor says councils in northern New South Wales need to work together to get more government funding for infrastructure projects.
The population in the Richmond-Tweed area grew by 1.5 per cent last year.
Mayor Warren Polglase says the council is upgrading water and sewage systems but transport is the biggest concern.
“Public transport has become a very important issue and buses and trains as a part of that issue,” he said.
“But there’s got to be a regional approach because its no good just Tweed Shire getting involved, there’s got to be a regional approach to get state and federal governments aware of our transportation issues.”
The State Government says it is committed to providing local councils with the funding they need to deal with future population spikes.
In the next 25 years the population in the Byron Shire is expected to increase by 40 per cent, while on the Tweed coast population growth is expected to rise by almost 60 per cent.
State Planning Minister Tony Kelly says these figures provide some idea of what is needed from all levels of government.
“The NSW Government has recently [given] local infrastructure loans,” he said.
“These were loans of zero interest to allow them to bring forward their infrastructure construction to cater for an increase in population.”