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30 September 2016
Tweed winners at NSW Regional Business Awards
Tweed winners at NSW Regional Business Awards

The strength and diversity of the Tweed business sector has been acknowledged with a host of local winners at the recent NSW Regional Business Chamber Awards in Lismore.

The Tweed won seven awards across a range of categories; headlined by Stone and Wood Brewing Co, Murwillumbah which won the prestigious Business of the Year prize as well as awards for Excellence in Sustainability and Employer of Choice.

Stone and Wood will now progress to the NSW Business Chamber State Awards to be held in November.

The Tweed Shire was represented by more than 20 finalists, with the other winners including:

  • Lady Bella, Banora Point - Excellence in Personal Services.

  • Southern Cross Credit Union, Murwillumbah - Excellence in Professional Services.

  • Nathan Day, IC Signs, Tweed Heads - Young Entrepreneur category.

  • Husk Distillers, Tumbulgum - Excellence in Innovation.

Nathan Day and Husk Distillers will join Stone and Wood in representing the Northern Rivers at the State Awards in Sydney.

Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green said the results reflect the region’s strength as a business destination.

“Council is committed to promoting the region as an attractive and desirable place for business and investment where the balance between lifestyle, the environment and work can be achieved.

 “Congratulations to all of our local finalists and winners and best wishes to those businesses who have progressed to the State Awards.

“It’s particularly encouraging to see success in categories of innovation, sustainability and personal services which are all areas of focus for Council.”

For more information on the NSW Regional Business Chambers Awards please visit: http://www.businessannualawards.com.au/Regions/Northern-Rivers/2016-Winners

Winners of the State Awards will be announced at the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney on 25 November 2016.


30 September 2016
Political signage and Tweed Shire election
Political signage and Tweed Shire election

The Tweed Shire Council local government election is on Saturday 29 October and political signage will soon, once again, become part of the Tweed landscape.

 

Candidates and their supporters are reminded they must comply with State and Council regulations when erecting signage.

 

All posters and signage containing electoral material must comply with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 Subdivision 13 - Election signs.

 

No signs are allowed in Council's road reserves, either free-standing pole signs or those affixed to trees or street furniture.

 

Election signs can be affixed to private telegraph poles, however the owner needs to be certain the pole is not owned by an electricity provider as legal action has occurred elsewhere in the State.

 

Council officers will remove signs from public property if they are not standard-sized corflute with appropriate content or if they are in a dangerous location.

 

All signage connected to power poles will be reported to Essential Energy for their attention and action.

 

Signs can be attached to the walls of houses or commercial buildings, as long as they adhere to size limitations in State regulations and are not attached to heritage or draft heritage items.

 

Any signs that do not comply with the above rules may be impounded by Council officers and will attract a Council fee for retrieval.

 

Council officers will undertake a program of compliance and monitoring. 

 

Any signs remaining one week after the election will be removed and impounded.


29 September 2016
76 candidates to contest Tweed Shire Election on 29 October
76 candidates to contest Tweed Shire Election on 29 October

A field of 76 candidates have been confirmed to contest the seven councillor positions available in the Tweed Shire Council election on 29 October 2016.

Candidate nominations closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 28 September with 15 groups and four individuals nominating and being allocated places on the ballot paper by the NSW Electoral Commission. 

“Saturday 29 October provides the 90,000 residents of the Tweed community the opportunity to choose the elected representatives to lead the Tweed for the next four years,” Council General Manager, Troy Green said.

“The size of this field, with 76 candidates, demonstrates the enthusiasm and passion the people of the Tweed have to represent their community.

“Residents should have their say, not just because voting is compulsory, but because this is their chance to elect leaders and decision makers that have an important role in positioning the Tweed as a leader in Northern Rivers NSW for the next four years.

“This year’s election carries some extra significance with an important referendum vote on whether to increase the number of Tweed Shire councillors from seven to nine for future elections.”

The full list of candidates, poll locations, enrolment details and information on where and how to vote is available from the NSW Electoral Commission website at http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/elections/tweed_shire_council_election_29_october_2016 or via links on Council’s website http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Elections

Pre-poll voting will be available from 17 October at the following locations:

  • Returning Officer’s Office, Tweed Heads South

  • Canvas and Kettle Function Room, Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre

  • St Cuthberts Anglican Church Hall, Tweed Heads

  • Sydney pre-poll, NSW Electoral Commission, Kent St, Sydney

Tweed Shire Council Election – key dates:

Monday 17 October – Pre-poll voting opens

Friday 21 October 5:00pm - Registration of electoral material closes

Monday 24 October 5:00pm – Postal vote applications close

Friday 28 October 6:00pm – Pre-poll voting closes

Saturday 29 October 8:00am – 6:00pm – Election Day

Monday 31 October 6:00pm – Return of postal votes closes

Friday 4 November – Declaration of results by Returning Officer                       

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28 September 2016
Beautiful Butterflies bring deeper message
Beautiful Butterflies at Museum media release
Some of the most beautiful butterflies from Australia, Asia and South America will be featured at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah when Greg Newland is the next collector to be showcased in the Museum’s Collector’s Cabinet display.
27 September 2016
Curlews' return hatches new campaign for chick safety
Jack Bayliss Park curlews media release

Kingscliff’s Jack Bayliss Park again has the rare honour of hosting nesting Bush Stone-curlews, renewing calls for responsible dog control around the breeding pairs and its chicks.

 

Two chicks hatched at the Marine Parade park on Friday and Council officers are reminding owners that dogs must be on a lead while in the park.

 

“Bush Stone-Curlews are highly threatened, ground-nesting birds and dogs roaming off-leash are a leading threat to the survival of the chicks,” Natural Resource Management Officer Pamela Gray said.

 

“There is a very real risk the Bush Stone-curlew parents can get over-stressed and abandon the nest people and dogs go too close.

 

“A significant number of dog owners allow their pets to roam off the leash in Jack Bayliss Park, even though it’s not an off-leash area.”

 

She said a temporary barrier has been erected around the nest site and Council Rangers will conduct regular patrols at the park.

 

A more permanent barrier will be erected this week.

 

“It is extremely heartening to see multiple breeding pairs in the Tweed each season, including some regular nesting sites, and communities have embraced the role to look after their local curlews,” she said.

 

“However, we need cooperation from all dogs owners, motorists and other people near the nesting sites to ensure the breeding adults and their chicks remain safe.”

 

For more information about having wildlife friendly pets, visit

www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WildlifeFriendlyPets

26 September 2016
TRAC Kingscliff and Tweed Heads close for maintenance
TRAC maintenance closures media release
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Kingscliff will be closed to the public on Tuesday 4 October and Wednesday 5 October for scheduled maintenance.
26 September 2016
Elanora Avenue in Pottsville closed for a week
Elanora Avenue in Pottsville closed for a week

A section of Elanora Avenue in Pottsville will be closed for approximately one week from Wednesday 28 September as Council continues major upgrades to the drainage and stormwater system.

 

Local residents of the section between Boronia Avenue and Seabrae Court will be allowed entry to their residences via Elanora Avenue; however the majority of traffic will be encouraged to stay on Tweed Coast Road.

 

“This is an important project for Council and aims to increase the stormwater drainage capacity to minimise the chance of property damage from flooding on Elanora Avenue and surrounding areas,” Construction Engineer Cameron Maxwell said.

 

“The closure is to allow for new stormwater drainage pipes to be installed beneath Elanora Avenue.”

 

Council began the drainage upgrade in late April to provide a pathway for surface water to escape the low-lying area when it rains.

 

Progress from Cudgera Creek, through North Pottsville Holiday Park, to Tweed Coast Road has been slower than expected due to the multitude of underground services along the same route.

 

Significant progress has now been made on the project including the resurfacing and new kerb and guttering of Boronia Avenue and new stormwater drainage pipes installed from Cudgera Creek, through North Pottsville Holiday Park (Frangipani Avenue), and across Tweed Coast Road.

 

Council apologises for any inconvenience this road closure may cause.


23 September 2016
Tweed offers greatest selection for garage sale treasures
092316_Secondhand_Saturday

Tweed residents have fully embraced tomorrow’s Second Hand Saturday regional garage sale, as an opportunity to shed unwanted items and make some extra money.

 

More than 800 households and organisations from throughout the NSW North Coast have signed up with the annual event, with 250 sales in the Tweed alone.

 

The North Coast’s biggest garage sale day - being held in the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local council areas – will be a highlight of the year for bargain hunters.

 

“Shoppers can plan their bargain hunt by visiting www.secondhandsaturday.com.au or using the free Second Hand Saturday app, which list the locations and some of the items on offer for all of the 800 garage sales,” North East Waste spokesperson Linda Tohver said.

 

“The Tweed really has led the way with this year’s event, which is a great way to turn pre-loved items into cash, to unearth a bargain and some wonderful treasures and to lead the way in reuse and recycling.”

 

According to a recent Second Hand Economy Report, participants will be part of a $40 billion second-hand economy, with an estimated 84 million goods changing hands last year, Ms Tohver said.

 

“This year’s Second Hand Saturday will have something for everyone, from building materials, to caravans, to scooters, bikes and cars, to household goods, quality antiques and even Elvis costumes,” she said.

 

“We encourage people to shop second hand and take part in this great community event which aims to give goods a second life and reduce landfill.”

 

Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of north coast councils and is funded by the NSW EPA's Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

 

North East Waste has a number of hot tips for Second Hand Saturday shoppers:

  • Plan your expedition at www.secondhandsaturday.com.au. Use the app if you are after something in particular, or visit the map if you want to see what's happening in a particular suburb. Knowing where you want to go and how to get there will save time. Think about necessary products, measurements, sizes, colours and condition.

  • We know you might be super keen but try not to arrive before the advertised start time of 8am for Second Hand Saturday garage sales. It takes time to set up a garage sale and sellers need time to get organised before the big event. If you do arrive early, please wait until the seller is ready.

  • Finding a bargain and bargaining is part of the fun of garage sales but do not expect that all sellers will necessarily want to haggle. Be fair and respectful of the prices they elect, but also don't be shy to ask for a small discount. Don't expect freebies unless offered.

  • Smile and be courteous. Sellers will be very thankful for a smile and a simple ‘hello’. They have probably been up late or super early organising their goodies, so offer them a smile and a courteous ‘thank you’, even if you leave empty handed.

  • BYO Bag - don't forget to bring your own bag to carry your treasures.

  • Money in smaller notes and coins will help make sure the seller doesn’t run out of change.

  • Check your items before you leave, to make sure they are in working order.

  •    Keep hydrated and maintain your sugar levels! Don't forget drinks and snacks to keep you going, and save you time while on the road. It’s best to use reusable drink bottles, travel mugs and snacks in reusable containers.


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23 September 2016
Tweed Regional Gallery is among the ‘best of the best’
092316_Trip_Advisor_2016

The people have spoken - Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is among the best of the best in the world.

 

Just as it did in 2015, the Gallery has taken out a Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award, the American travel website’s highest honour, based on user reviews.

 

The Gallery has maintained its ranking as the fourth best museum in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice ‘Top 10 Museums – Australia’.

 

In an even greater honour, the Gallery was also ranked number nine in the ‘Top 25 Museums - South Pacific’ list in 2016 (it was in eighth spot in 2015). Number one spot in that category was won this year by the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) in Wellington.

 

The top three on TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice ‘Top 10 Museums – Australia’ list were National Anzac Centre, Albany, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Melbourne Museum.

 

Others in the top 10 were: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (five), Questacon, Canberra (six), Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin (seven), National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Newhaven (eight), Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (nine) and Defence of Darwin Experience, Darwin (10).

 

Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the Gallery, for the second year running. It is very exciting. Reviews like this from our visitors, all unsolicited, indicate how many people are visiting our region and helping drive cultural tourism for the Tweed.”

 

“I am thrilled for all involved in making the Gallery the vibrant destination it is – there’s really so much support from our volunteers, member of the Friends and Foundation every day, so this acclaim is a great boost for them too. It’s also terrific recognition of Council’s investment in one of the region’s most significant tourist attractions.”

 

Trip Advisor’s website says the “annual awards reflect ‘the best of the best’ for service, quality, and customer satisfaction, from hotels and accommodations to destinations, attractions, and even brands and products.”

 

“Travelers' Choice award winners are selected annually based on feedback from millions of TripAdvisor members. Travelers' Choice awards single out not just popular choices, but truly exceptional ones that keep travelers coming back.”

 

To view the full lists, visit www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice

 

 


23 September 2016
Swim season safety in the spotlight
092316_pool_safety_reminder

Spring has sprung!  In backyards across the Tweed, long neglected swimming pools are coming back to life - which brings a timely reminder from Council about pool regulations and responsibilities for landlords and tenants.

As of April this year, all properties leased or sold in NSW require a current Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate or a relevant Occupation Certificate, to ensure the pool barrier (fence and gate) is safe.

A copy of the Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate must be provided to tenants or buyers upon entering into any new residential tenancy or purchase agreement.

Team Leader, Building Surveying, Robert Noakes says Council is receiving increasing numbers of enquiries, particularly from tenants, with concerns about swimming pools that may not be safe.

“At this time of year we encourage everyone to make sure their swimming pool fence and gate are safe and well maintained,” Mr Noakes said.

“If tenants find the pool barrier needs repair or maintenance they are encouraged to speak to their real estate agent or the landlord to have these issues rectified immediately.”

“If you have signed a new lease or recently purchased a house with a pool and didn’t get a copy of the Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate you are encouraged to contact Council to report the matter for investigation.”

The property owner is directly responsible for compliance in regards to the Swimming Pools Act which includes:

  • ensuring the swimming pool barrier is kept in a good state of repair
  • ensuring all access points, doors and gates to a swimming pool are kept securely closed when not in use
  • warning Notice (CPR Sign) to be displayed inside the pool area.

A number of useful documents can be viewed on Council’s website, www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/SwimmingPools or to check for current compliance visit www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au

Council’s Swimming Pool Compliance Officers are also available to assist, please contact (02) 6670 2400.

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