New strategy for Tweed MP after voters' polling booth slap
NEWLY returned Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he's put the "ugly side of politics" he witnessed during this election campaign behind him and is full steam ahead to realise his election pledges.
To win back local voters, almost 20% of whom switched to Labor, the MP says he will adopt a strategy of more inclusiveness and transparency.
Meetings with Tweed's lobby groups will now feature senior bureaucrats, with the first cab off the ranks a meeting with the group pushing for a Pottsville High School.
This will now include the Tweed Shire Council and educators, who advised Mr Provest last term a new school was not possible.
"Rather than meeting with individual groups I want to meet with all the groups, so everyone knows what is being proposed," he said.
"I want to do those meetings in an open and transparent way and I have no objection to the public attending."
Meetings with lawyers will be held to review the new multi-million dollar Tweed police station and court house.
Consultation with the Tweed Hospital's Medical Staff Council will increase to monthly.
"I've already had brief discussions with the Health Minister that the money ($48m for the hospital) is there... it's time to get on with it."
As for the cross-border commission, Mr Provest will change his vote to reduce the period of daylight savings so it finishes two weeks earlier in New South Wales.
When it comes to changing our clocks, while he didn't enjoy much success with former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, he said he would try again with the newly elected Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Mr Provest will also attempt to set new terms for an upcoming memorandum of understating between Queensland and NSW so Tweed cabs will be able to pick up from John Flynn Hospital.
Mr Provest said this campaign he could not make his policy on Lot 490 "politically popular". But he won't be changing his stance on it.
"I support the community in its desire for this to remain as open space but until the Aboriginal Land Claim is decided, no promises can be made," he said.