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28 June 2017
Moving portraits and building bricks

Learn to create a compelling portrait or bring LEGO® to life during school holiday workshops at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.


On Friday 7 July, high school-aged kids can create a ‘Magnificent Monochrome Portrait’ under the guidance of artist Sharon Muir.  Students will learn the basics of painting tonally and leave the class with a convincing painted likeness of a face.  Students can bring A4 or A3-sized black and white photocopies of a clearly viewable face of themselves or a chosen subject.  Alternatively, a face can be chosen from the tutor’s folio. 10am - 2.30pm, cost $47.  Students should bring lunch and a drink, and a fine mist spray bottle (if you have one). For bookings, phone the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790, pop in or visit


Kids will use fascinating and challenging LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions and machines at the Remote Control Mania LEGO® Workshop on Thursday 13 July.  Making them move is the name of the game and participants will set their creations in motion using LEGO® wireless remote controls, during the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® event.  Suitable for ages 6 years and up and all kids take home a B4K cap, tee or other item. 9am - 3.30pm, cost $79. For bookings, go to and see ‘School Holiday Programs’.


To complement the current Portraits: Margaret Olley exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, tutor Carleen Joy’s workshops on Friday 14 July look at techniques to build your own portrait or self-portrait.  Children aged 5-8 years can ‘Print It’ from 10am to noon. Draw and print a portrait of someone special – from memory or bring a photograph.  Start with a line drawing, make a printed portrait, then add features using coloured oil pastels.  Cost $23, or $20 if booking more than one child or class.  Kids aged 7 to 13 years can ‘Mix It Up’ from 1pm - 3.30pm, focusing on line, texture and colour to create a self-portrait in a favourite landscape.  This might be the beach, bushland, your bedroom or wherever your imagination takes you. Start with printmaking, then explore adding charcoal, ink and oil pastels to build idea in layers.  Cost $27, or $23 if booking more than one child or class.  To book, please phone the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790, pop in or visit the website for more information.  Kids should bring morning or afternoon tea and a drink.


Young visitors to the Gallery can also pick up a free drawing activity for families in the Foyer, explore with a copy of the Margaret Olley Art Centre Kid’s Guide or listen to a symphony on headphones while creating a digital artwork on the iPads.


Tweed Regional Gallery is located at 2 Mistral Road, South Murwillumbah and is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am - 5pm. Admission to the Gallery is free.


28 June 2017
Extraordinary Meeting of Tweed Coast Reserves Trust
Extraordinary Meeting of Tweed Coast Reserves Trust

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Tweed Coast Reserves Trust will be held on Friday 30 June 2017, commencing at 11:00am, at the Council Chambers in Murwillumbah.


The item to be considered is Hastings Point Warner Bros filming.


Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne called the Extraordinary Meeting to consider a matter of urgency and the request was supported by Councillor Ron Cooper.


The agenda will be available Thursday afternoon via

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27 June 2017
NSW Planning Minister visits the Tweed to discuss local issues

Tweed Shire Councillors, senior Council staff and planning staff met with NSW Planning Minister and Minister for Housing Anthony Roberts, his Chief of Staff and advisors at Tweed Heads yesterday in relation to planning challenges and opportunities in the Tweed.


Agenda items discussed included: industrial flood mitigation for Murwillumbah, the need to increase social and affordable housing, and the various constraints and opportunities that greenfield development sites each present.


Consideration was given to an urban growth/Landcom style government development corporation to lead quality development projects in either the Tweed Heads CBD or greenfield sites, which would provide social inclusion, open space, links to transport and community amenity with good environmental and built design.


Also discussed were strategies which would align with Council’s Rural Lands Strategy and complement primary production income and the growth industry of tourism.


Talks were held on recent submissions Council had made in relation to development applications being managed by the Department of Planning and Environment.


Today, the Minister will be travelling throughout the Shire with senior Council staff, planning staff and local State Member Geoff Provest to visit some of the sites discussed at yesterday’s briefing.

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27 June 2017
Last link on coastal walkway/cycleway set to be completed

Council has welcomed $520,000 in State funding to complete a missing link in the coastal cycleway/walkway network, located on the northern side of Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff.


Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts made the funding announcement on site at Cudgen Creek this morning, alongside the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest and a number of Tweed Shire Councillors.


A suspended concrete boardwalk and concrete path would replace the current old timber boardwalk section and asphalt path.


Once work on the 125-metre section is completed, the cycleway/walkway will extend unbroken from Pottsville to the border, improving opportunities for both healthy lifestyles and tourism.


“The funding of this missing link and the revamp of the cycleway/walkway is more great news for our community,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said.


“It will provide major public access and health benefits by allowing people to more safely and easily walk and ride from one end of the coast to the other.”


The boardwalk project is expected to be completed in the 2017/2018 financial year.


Funding was also announced for a number of pedestrian improvement facilities at a variety of locations in Tweed Heads and Kingscliff.  Council will provide 50-50 funding with the NSW Government for these pedestrian projects.

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26 June 2017
Funding announced for new Anchorage Boardwalk

Council has welcomed NSW Government funding to replace the ageing timber boardwalk on the northern side of Anchorage Island in Tweed Heads.


On Saturday, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced funding of $685,000 from the NSW Government’s Walking and Cycling Program (Cycling Infrastructure Fund).


The 200-metre boardwalk - which was built in the early 1990s - has been closed for some time due to safety concerns as several sections have reached the end of their lifespan.


Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne attended the on-site announcement, along with Deputy Mayor Chris Cherry, Councillors Warren Polglase and Pryce Allsop and a number of Anchorage residents and community members.


“Council welcomes this fantastic news, which means we’ll be able to restore this wonderful environmental asset. The community has really shown how much they appreciate this magnificent waterway,” Councillor Milne said.


“Thank you to Mr Provest and Council staff, and well done to the community for their concerted campaign to save this boardwalk for the whole Shire.  When communities face losing precious environments they really realise how much they value them.”


Richard Murray from the Save Our Boardwalk group also welcomed the news.


“It’s going to allow the education of this community who can come to a place where they can enjoy a mangrove and natural environmental experience,” Mr Murray said.


“For many people who walk from the entrance of the Tweed River, it is part of a circuit roundabout planned by Tweed Shire Council and the late Bruce Chick and conservationist Harry Butler.”


A tender for design and construction will go out in the next few months, with Council seeking best practice solutions for the longest life for the new structure, as well as environmental benefits.


Construction of the new boardwalk should start by the end of the year.


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23 June 2017
Muriel’s dress steals spotlight in Tweed on Film exhibition

What do Muriel Heslop – lead character of PJ Hogan’s classic film Muriel’s Wedding  -  and Pirates of the Caribbean anti-hero Captain Jack Sparrow have in common?


Both have strong connections to the Tweed and feature in the Tweed Regional Museum’s upcoming exhibition Tweed on Film, opening on Tuesday 4 July.


Muriel’s wedding dress, on loan from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, will be a centrepiece of the exhibition and feature alongside rare surviving film props from Pirates of the Caribbean V: Dead Men Tell no Tales.


“Replica whale bones, now part of the Museum’s permanent collection, will be on display for the first time since they formed part of the skeleton filmed on location at Hastings Point. They’re so real they even smell like the ocean,” exhibition curator Erika Taylor said.


“Muriel’s wedding dress is definitely a fashion statement, and a coup for us to have on display.  It is probably the most recognisable costume from this very memorable film - some would say on par with the white satin jump suit Muriel wore to such effect in her performance of ABBA’s famous hit Waterloo.”


PJ Hogan grew up in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads and attended Mt St Patrick College and Tweed River High School. Son of a local farmer turned councillor, PJ has spoken about how much he drew upon family experiences when writing and directing both Muriel’s Wedding and the more recent Mental.


A recognised classic of Australian film, Muriel’s Wedding has been adapted by PJ Hogan as Muriel’s Wedding The Musical,  currently in rehearsal by the Sydney Theatre Company.


Museum Director Judy Kean said the Tweed had been the inspiration and location for many films, TV series and documentaries, and continued to be a very popular film location.


“That’s the story we’re featuring in Tweed on Film,” Ms Kean said.


“The list of productions that use the Tweed as a location or have their inspiration in local connections is long and travels the gamut from cult classic to blockbuster.  I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Camp, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Terra Nova, Sisters of War, Cubby House, Taylor Made and Murwillumbah Swamp Beer are just some we’ve identified.”


To complement the exhibition, the Museum will host a range of public programs, including a Movie Magic location bus tour on Saturday 5 August, as well as events in collaboration with ABC North Coast and Screenworks Northern Rivers NSW.


For full details and updates on events as part of Tweed on Film, visit the Museum website or phone (02) 6670 2493.


Tweed on Film is on display at the Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah until 25 November.

22 June 2017
Roadworks to close one lane on Tweed Coast Road
Roadworks to close one lane on Tweed Coast Road

Motorists using Tweed Coast Road are advised that this road, from 190m north of Cudgen Road intersection to 400m south of Crescent Street, will be reduced to one-lane flow for at least four days in July for roadworks.


Council urges motorists to find an alternate route on Friday 7 July through to the end of Sunday 9 July, and again on Sunday 16 July to avoid long delays.


In the first three-day lane closure, Council contractors will stabilise the sub-structure of the road before returning the following Sunday to re-asphalt.


The traffic lights at the intersection of Tweed Coast Road and Cudgen Road will remain operational but stop / slow flagmen will be in place to manage any southbound traffic build-up if it occurs.


Signage advising of the roadworks will be posted in advance of the one-lane closure.


“A lot of traffic uses this road so we strongly urge motorists to find an alternate route as flow through this section will be slow during these works,” said Council Engineer Cameron Maxwell.


Ahead of the work on Tweed Coast Road, stabilisation works will be undertaken on Darlington Drive, Banora Point, with one lane closed for two weeks from next Monday, 26 June 2017.


Motorists should expect short delays through the roadworks between Augusta Place and Birnam Avenue.





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21 June 2017
Fire destroys Council sports change room in Murwillumbah

2017 is proving to be a shocker of a year for three local sports clubs, who have now lost their facilities and equipment, on top of substantial losses in the April flood.

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19 June 2017
Green bin roll-out nears completion for new service
Green bin roll-out media release
Preparations are nearing completion for the Tweed’s new 3 Bin System, including delivery of new green bins, changing lids on existing green bins and delivery of about 25,000 kitchen caddies.
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19 June 2017
Purr-fect time to get involved
Cat survey media release
Tweed cat owners have one more week to share their experiences of living with their furry companions, by participating in a Tweed Shire Council survey.
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