21 October 2016
Mail service origins revealed at Kynnumboon
History enthusiasts have toured the site of the Tweed’s first post office, to celebrate International Archaeology Day.
Bev Fairley, a direct descendant of Tweed settlers Joshua and Gertrude Bray, led a walking tour of their historic property Kynnumboon near Murwillumbah, the site of the first post office in the Tweed.
The tour, on Saturday 15 October, coincided with the start of the Museum’s display Sorted! 150 years of Tweed Mail, which explores the evolution of postal services throughout Tweed Shire.
It examines several themes, including the beginning of postal services in the Tweed.
Joshua Bray arrived on the Tweed in the early 1860s and established his home, Kynnumboon, on the outskirts of Murwillumbah. He was joined by his new wife, Rosalie Gertrude (nee Nixon), soon after and they established the Tweed’s first official post office in 1866.
Joshua was appointed Postmaster and Gertrude performed the role of Postmistress, and a section of their cottage’s verandah was closed in to accommodate what was known as Wollumben Post Office.
The mail slot cut into the cottage wall and the Wollumben Post Office stamp are some of the highlights of the Sorted! display.
It also includes an intriguingly small pencil sketch illustrating the story of Aboriginal man Long Bob, who carried the mail from Kynnumboon to Ballina before the direct mail route from the Tweed to Casino was established.
“Sorted! reveals snippets of the history of postal services through select objects relating to town and village post offices across the shire, from the Museum and private collections,” Tweed Regional Museum’s Acting Director, Kate Gahan, said.
“The display explores the development of different postal services over time and the technology and processes adopted to ensure the speed and security of mail.
“Other display gems include photographs of the present day Murwillumbah Post Office when newly completed in 1955,” she said.
“Strikingly modern in appearance, the first images of the new post office show it contrasted significantly with the town’s federation and inter-war era shops and facades.”
Ms Gahan said the new post office building represented the first significant upgrade of postal services in the town for many decades.
Sorted! is on display at the Museum until early February 2017. For more information, visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au or contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493.
The Museum is located on Queensland Road and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
21 October 2016
Smart solutions with Tweed mapping
Tweed environmental, planning and property information is now available at your fingertips with the re-launch of Council’s smart phone and tablet-friendly mapping applications.
The new cloud-based web mapping tools replace Council’s six-year-old Tweed Maps service and will provide easy to use, access 24 hours a day from a phone, tablet or computer.
Improvements have been made to the mapping websites to provide easy access to property information, planning details, flood zones and community services and facilities.
“These interactive mapping tools are really user-friendly and provide practical information for businesses and the community to access quickly and easily,” Council’s Manager Information Technology, Ken Holdsworth, said.
“At present, our customer contact centre fields a significant number of these enquiries by phone, this online service will help residents and businesses access Council resources 24 hours a day.
“This new section of the Council website allows residents, business operators and community groups to view geographic information, find features and points of interest, and print maps.
"Information such as property boundaries and development details, bushfire and flood zones as well as the locations of community parks and amenities, can all be viewed with the click of a button.
“Planning information such as zoning is also easily accessible, with colour-coded mapping allowing users to view zoning status at a glance,” he said.
The three mapping applications are:
Property Information - property boundaries, imagery and contours, aerial photography.
Planning - visualise and get information about planning constraints, bushfire prone land, flooding and also link to environmental data.
Community Services. - public facilities, council parks, schools, community halls and amenities.
Tweed Maps and a step-by-step user guide can be accessed via www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/mapping
20 October 2016
Award-winning artist in conversation at the Gallery
Michael Cook is an award-winning Brisbane-based photomedia artist of Bidjara heritage. The Tweed Regional Gallery is the first public gallery to host the full suite of Michael Cook’s latest photographic series entitled Mother. This emotionally engaging series explores a universal theme that is crucial to the wellbeing of all. The love or absence of a mother is paramount to the development and future of each child the world over.
20 October 2016
Motorists advised to avoid Kennedy Drive
Motorists are urged to avoid Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, between the bridge over Cobaki Creek and Limosa Road, from 7am on Monday 24 October to 6pm on Monday 7 November as road reconstruction works will be in full swing and there will be frequent and long delays.
This final task will mark the end of five years or roadworks and full delivery of a $9 million upgrade to Kennedy Drive from the bridge to the Pacific Motorway. Ancillary works will continue after this but these works will be off the roadway and have little or no impact on traffic flow.
Weekdays from Monday 24 October through to 6pm on Monday 7 November, stop / slow flagmen will be giving priority to trucks removing and delivering materials to and from the worksite. Truck movements will begin at 7am each weekday, finishing no later than 6pm each evening.
More than 3000 tonne of excavated materials will need to be trucked from the worksite to the nearby Gray Street depot, with trucks forming a continuous loop from 7am to 12 noon each day.
Then, from 12.30pm to no later than 6pm, trucks will be bringing in the same amount of asphalt from the manufacturing plant at Burleigh to rebuild the road and that asphalt has to be applied while still hot. Trucks are expected to be arriving every 15-20 minutes.
While one lane in each direction will remain open throughout this final upgrade task, motorists who cannot clear the worksite between the bridge and Limosa Road by 7am should expect frequent and long delays.
They also can expect to move very slowly through the worksite as they will be travelling close to the heavy machinery, working on the southern half of the road before traffic is switched and the northern lanes are reconstructed.
On Wednesday 26 October, traffic will be further congested as the southern lane of the bridge will be closed to allow a repair of the eastern approach. All traffic will move under the direction of stop / slow flagmen on the northern lane outside peak hours from 10am to 2pm.
“There’s no easy solution to easing the pain for motorists over the next two weeks except to urge them to use the alternate route via Bilambil and Terranora roads if they cannot travel early and clear the roadworks before 7am,” Construction Engineer Bob Hanby said.
19 October 2016
Membership push to transplant community garden
Organisers of a community garden in Murwillumbah are looking for a more permanent site and are calling for assistance from the community.
Passionate members of the Murwillumbah Community Garden Group have been operating on private land in West End Street. They are looking to build on their progress so far by moving to a more permanent location that is closer to the Murwillumbah town centre.
Council has been supportive of the initiative and is assisting the group’s efforts to relocate.
“The group is inspired to create a new community gardening space where all interested people are welcome to garden together,” project coordinator Pam O’Connor said.
“It can be a really fruitful initiative in which participants learn from each other and grow healthy food.
“Our group is hopefully at the beginning of its own growth spurt – we have started a campaign to attract new members and have begun identifying potential sites for a new garden.”
Group members recently met with representatives of Council, Northern NSW Local Health District, The Family Centre and the Murwillumbah Community Centre to consider priorities and requirements for a new site, such as accessibility, safety, area of land, shade, parking, storage, picnic facilities and access to water.
There are already five community gardens in Tweed Shire, bringing residents together to grow and harvest healthy food, share knowledge about different gardening methods and recycling, help save and protect diverse plants and seeds.
“They also connect communities socially,” Council’s Sustainability Program Leader, Deb Firestone, said.
“Council is excited about this campaign to establish a new space that will build community interest and knowledge in gardening and improve the health and wellbeing of our community.”
The Murwillumbah Community Garden Group campaign will include forming a committee to oversee the garden’s development.
“So we’re inviting people with experience working with committees - or just a passion for gardening or giving back to the community – to get involved,” Ms O’Connor said.
The group is also seeking donations to assist with expenses such as public liability insurance.
For further information about the Murwillumbah Community Garden, phone Pam O’Connor on 0401 605 023 or Deb Firestone on (02) 6670 2555.
18 October 2016
Evening work to patch Kingscliff roundabout
Stop / slow flagmen will be in place on the five-way roundabout at the intersection of Pearl, Boomerang, Seaview and Sutherland streets in Kingscliff on Thursday afternoon (20 October) as Council works to patch the road pavement.
The works follow the completion of repairs to the underground water main.
Works will be undertaken on all but the Boomerang Street approach to the roundabout and will occur from 5pm (NSW) onwards to limit delays to traffic.
The work is expected to take about three hours.
Council apologises in advance for any noise and inconvenience to nearby residents.
17 October 2016
Kingscliff Bridge on track
Stop / go flagmen will be managing the flow of pedestrians across the footbridge at the Kingscliff Bridge construction site on Thursday (20 October 2016) as a crane works to lift the new traffic bridge girders into place.
Both pedestrians and cyclists will be held back while the crane is working overhead.
Construction of the $4 million Kingscliff Bridge remains on track for the bridge to be open to traffic before Christmas.
“We are on schedule to have one lane of the new bridge open to traffic controlled by temporary traffic lights before Christmas,” Council’s Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Tim Mackney, said.
For more information on the project, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/CommunityProjects
17 October 2016
TRAC Kingscliff honours latest Games athletes
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Kingscliff’s impressive list of international athletes has been officially expanded, with an unveiling of signs to celebrate its most recent Olympian and Paralympians.
Olympic swimmer Matt Abood, Paralympics swimmer Kate Wilson and paratriathlete Bill Chaffey gathered at TRAC Kingscliff last week, after they were added to the honour roll of name signs featured around the pool complex.
The three Rio Games competitors are now among eight Olympians who have been based at TRAC Kingscliff for their swimming training – joining a celebrated honour roll that also includes former Australian swimming team captain Chris Fydler, Josh Watson, Dyana Calub, Sophie Edington and Lara Davenport.
Abood now lives in Sydney but trained at the Kingscliff pool from when he was eight years old. He returned to Kingscliff last week to celebrate his 30th birthday with family and friends, proudly revealing the bronze medal he won as a member of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay team.
“Kingy pool was always a great place to train because it has such a nice environment,” he said.
“It’s really relaxed here - and the more relaxed you are, the better you float. This is also a beautiful setting; from four of the lanes you can look out across to Cook Island. It might not be the most flashy pool, but building the most modern swimming complex doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have the best place to train.”
Abood said he had always aspired to have his own Olympian sign on display, and had been hopeful he would earn a spot at the London Olympics in 2012 but was not selected.
An Australian representative at the Commonwealth Games and world championships, Abood says he has now achieved everything he set out to do in swimming and will evaluate whether he sets his sights on Tokyo in 2020.
It is a similar story for Chaffey, a relative veteran of elite paratriathlon competition and multiple world champion. The Bilambil Heights resident placed fourth in his category at the Rio Games and, while disappointed he finished outside the medals, was satisfied he gave everything he had in the race.
“The first three men were all incredibly fast on the day,” he said. “At 41 years of age, I’m definitely keen to keep going for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and I’ll then decide whether to have another crack at Tokyo.”
Chaffey said he was always amazed by the large number of Olympians and world championship swimmers who trained at TRAC Kingscliff.
“It’s certainly a great honour having my name among the likes of Chris Fydler.”
Wilson is at the other end of her sporting career. The 18-year-old has been swimming since she was five but the Rio Paralympics were her first international competition.
Not expecting to earn a berth, she had excelled at her qualifying events and went on to impress in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke races for short statured people.
The Kingscliff student was also a finalist as a member of the 4 x 50m freestyle relay team.
17 October 2016
Websites making it easier to use public transport
Transport services in the Tweed, including new websites making it easier to use public transport, will be explained at a community information stall at Tweed City Shopping Centre on Thursday 20 October.
Bus, taxi and community transport operators will combine with Council and social justice organisation, Social Futures, to hold the stall near the Coles Supermarket from 9am – 3pm.
The stall will also launch the www.goingplaces.org.au website, showing how to use the site as an easy tool to plan journeys in the Tweed and throughout the Northern Rivers.
“The new Going Places website has been developed to make it much easy to find information you need about transport options in your area,” Social Futures Development and Innovation Project Officer Alex Lewers said.
“Information and contact details for buses, taxis, community transport, trains, cycleways, airports, fares and concessions and specialist aboriginal and youth services are listed for each town and district, for really easy reference.
“Going Places also features regular updates on transport news around the region, including road closures, events and community engagement on transport issues.”
The site also links to Transport for NSW’s new Trip Planner online service, which enables users to enter their starting point and planned destination and will list options for their journey. It provides estimated travel times and specific service numbers for public transport, with links to booking services.
“It makes planning a journey easier and quicker than ever, whether it’s travelling within a town or a trip across the state,” Mr Lewers said.
“Representatives at Thursday’s stall will be on hand to show people how easy it is to use the Trip Planner and Going Places websites.
“We will also be providing information on bus timetables, concession rates and new transport services.”
17 October 2016
Council closes Elanora Avenue at Pottsville
Council will close Elanora Avenue, between Boronia Avenue and Seabrae Court, Pottsville, for a week from Wednesday 19 October to allow the completion of drainage works.
Residents will be allowed access under the direction of stop / slow flagmen.
During the closure, Council will install drainage pits along Elanora Avenue to allow surface waters to escape the low-lying area more quickly during rains.
The upgrade began in June and works completed to date include:
- Boronia Avenue resurfaced with kerb and guttering in place
- Stormwater drainage pipes installed from Cudgera Creek, through North Pottsville Holiday Park (Frangipani Avenue) and across Tweed Coast Road, and
- Frangipani Avenue reconstructed.
“This upgrade has been more challenging than expected as we have encountered a multitude of services on the stormwater drainage route, which we have had to either work around or relocate,” Construction Engineer Cameron Maxwell said.
“The latest discovery of fibre optic cables put the job on hold for two weeks while our design team resolved the conflict, during which time the crews were redeployed to reduce the cost of the delay.”
All works are expected to be completed in about four weeks’ time.