Grants to local tourism and economic development groups will be reviewed by the Tweed Shire Council today.
Tweed Tourism and the Tweed Economic Development Corporation currently receive grants totalling about 900-thousand dollars from the council each year.
The shire’s mayor, Warren Polglase says recent legal advice indicates all local government grants of 150-thousand dollars or more should go to tender.
He says he’s concerned that commercial interests could potentially ruin the goodwill built up by local volunteers.
“The Tweed runs on volunteer organisations and I would not like to see that put at risk because it’s very hard, it’s taken a long time to generate that support, we now have it there we’re moving forward with it and I have great concerns about going from community-based organisations to a commercial-based activity,” Cr Polglase said.
“When commercialism comes in the dollar value appears and all of a sudden maybe the delivery of services could drop off,” he said.