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Last 10 Available Media Releases
21 July 2016
Tweed Heads intersection closed for a week

The intersection of Wharf and Brett streets at Tweed Heads will be closed for about a week, from tomorrow (22 July), to allow Council to replace a failing water main and upgrade a section of Brett Street.


The intersection will be closed during working hours, from 7am to 5pm.


In the lead-up to closing the intersection, Council closed the northbound shoulder and left traffic lane of Wharf Street from near Sharp Honda Tweed (opposite Monastery Lane) to install the new water main.


Tomorrow (22 July), the installation will be nearing the intersection, requiring it to be closed to allow workers to install the water main under Brett Street.


Water supply is expected to be disrupted for a few hours this Sunday (24 July) to allow Council to cutover to the new main without affecting businesses in the area, which include the Tweed Day Surgery.


Once the water main installation is complete, Council will take advantage of the intersection closure to mill off the existing road surface in Brett Street, apply a cement layer to strengthen the road substructure and then apply a new asphalt surface.


This work will require the intersection to remain closed until next Thursday (28 July) and again for one day in early August, weather permitting.



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21 July 2016
Come and join National Tree Day events at Uki and Tumbulgum

Organisers are digging in and expecting a great turnout for Australia's largest nature care event, being held again this year on the Tweed River in Uki and at Tumbulgum.

Site preparation is underway for the Uki National Tree Day planting, which will take place on Sunday 31 July from 9am to 1pm on the community land adjacent to Cudgenbil Hole, opposite Braeside Drive, in Uki.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne urged all residents to get involved to make this event bigger than ever. 

“This is a great day out in the sun, doing something healthy for you and the planet, and having fun with lots of other really lovely people.  There is nothing more therapeutic than getting your hands in the soil and knowing that you are planting for the future,” Councillor Milne said.

Council's Project Officer - Waterways, Matthew Bloor, said this is the ninth year Uki has hosted National Tree Day planting events.

“A large community workforce always turns up and supports these tree planting days in the Uki area. We are expecting 100 people again this year to help plant the banks of the Tweed River,” Mr Bloor said.

Tweed Landcare Inc and Council have been preparing the site for the past six months, removing weeds and freeing up native plants along the river bank.

More than 1000 trees will be planted on the day. Holes will be pre-dug and participants are encouraged to bring a hat, gloves, drinking water, morning tea to share and a bucket or container to help mulch the trees.

“This year, the Govinda Dham Hare Krishna temple, next door to the site, has kindly offered to prepare a free lunch for tree planting volunteers from 1pm,” Mr Bloor said.

Tea and coffee will be provided on the day by Tweed Landcare and Uki Residents Association.

Meanwhile, Tumbulgum is turning 150 and residents can have their own lasting memento of the celebration by participating in a community tree planting day on Sunday 31 July.

The National Tree Day event, at North Tumbulgum’s Bluey Hill Park from 10am, will launch Tumbulgum’s 150 Years Celebrations, which will feature a number of activities this year.

Bluey Hill Park, on Dulguigan Road opposite the Seventh Day Adventist Church, is located in an area significant in the history of Tumbulgum, which began as a settlement known as Tweed Junction.

The park restoration plans include a monument installation funded through a grant from Tweed Shire Council.

For more information on either of the events, contact Council's Project Officer - Waterways, Matthew Bloor, on

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20 July 2016
Museum hosts past and future Banana Festival Queens
Banana Festival display at Tweed Regional Museum

Entrants in this year’s Banana Festival Queen competition are tipping their tiaras to the event’s past, as the 2016 contenders prepare to begin their campaigns.


As part of their orientation program, the entrants paid a visit last Sunday to Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah, which is hosting a new Banana Festival display.


This Saturday at 11am, the Murwillumbah Museum will also host a talk featuring the story of past Banana Festival Queen, chaperone and Tweed Citizen of the Year, Clair Woodham (nee Richards).


Clair will reflect on her experience as a Banana Festival Queen and Chaperone. She was Miss Stokers Siding in 1973 and went on to be crowned the Banana Festival Queen in 1976. During that time, Clair was completing her nursing training and went on to a successful nursing career, while raising twin boys and taking on many volunteer roles which contributed to her being named Tweed Citizen of the Year in 1991.


Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, gave credit to the Banana Festival and all the Banana Festival Queens over the years for their great contributions to the community.


“This festival is an important celebration of this beautiful land that feeds us, and all the farming families that make it happen,” Cr Milne said.


Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean said Clair’s presentation and the new display followed a major exhibition at the Museum in 2015, which celebrated 60 years of the Festival and unearthed many interesting stories.


“The 60th anniversary exhibition was all about trying to capture and document as many examples of Festival memorabilia and the history of the Festival as we could,” Ms Kean said.


“We were also delighted to host many of the past Festival Queens at an event at the Museum.


“In talking to many of the past Queens about their experience, we were struck by how consistently important entry in the competition had been for entrants - no matter whether their experience was during the 1950s or the 1980s.


“The experience was a formative one, not only at the time, but also in developing confidence and a sense of what many of these young women felt they could go on to achieve.  In many cases their experience also fostered a strong commitment to remaining active contributors to the community,” she said.


This year’s Banana Festival will feature events from 19 August until 27 August, while the Museum display will continue until the end of October.


Clair Woodham’s talk at the Museum: Saturday 23 July 11am, FREE

Tweed Regional Museum, 2 Queensland Road Murwillumbah, open 10am - 4pm

Contact the Museum office (02) 6670 2493 for details or visit

18 July 2016
Have your say on revised Business Investment Policy

Tweed Shire Council’s Business Investment Policy has been comprehensively revised and Council and is seeking input from the community during the exhibition period. 


The revised policy has been developed to support all levels of business investment and reinvestment in the Tweed. The policy encourages diversification and investment in the economy that would not occur otherwise. 


The redrafting of the existing Business Incentive Policy incorporates a range of solutions to deal with developer charges and contributions arising from the development process.  This range of incentives allows for all size of businesses to take advantage of the policy. 


“Council supports business and has refined this policy to offer a range of incentives to encourage new businesses at all levels, whether they are new businesses or an expansion of existing businesses,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.


“This policy is aimed at facilitating the development of businesses as they go through the difficult development phase.”


Council adopted the original Business Investment Policy (Version 1) on 16 May 2013.  This policy has proven successful since its adoption, assisting in attracting businesses such as Stone & Wood Brewery to the Tweed.


“There is an opportunity to review the policy to bring all of Council's business incentives and discounts into a central document, to simplify and streamline the application process for business.  The review has also clearly estimated those discounts applicable to different business tiers, with the greatest incentives for small business,” she said.


The revised policy has been broken into four major areas, each tailored towards a specific size and capacity of business:


  • Employment Generating Incentive (offering discount on road contributions)

  • Eligible Business Enterprise - Small Business Incentive (offering exemption for small business renting their premises)

  • High Consumption Charge Incentive (offering ongoing payments rather than upfront for water and sewer)

  • Deferred Payments Incentives (offering deferred payments for all contributions)


The policy provides the strategic context and governance platform to support Council’s economic development strategies as outlined in the Tweed Economic Development Strategy and the Tweed Community Strategic Plan 2013/2023.


The Draft Business Investment Policy is on exhibition until 25 July 2016, with submissions received until 9 August 2016. To view the document, visit


Submissions can be made in writing to: The General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484 or by email to by the above date.

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13 July 2016
Friendly rivalry at State border for tonight’s State of Origin

Tonight marks the third game in the 2016 State of Origin rugby league series and to celebrate the occasion, the prominent border marker sculpture at Tweed Heads/Coolangatta has been lit up with blue and maroon lights.


The revamp was the suggestion of Banora Point resident Alan Rolph, who felt the marker was looking a little drab and wrote to his local member, Geoff Provest.


With the cooperation of his Queensland counterpart, Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey and Gold Coast and Tweed Shire councils, the border marker is now lit from below with blue and maroon lights, making a striking display as the sun goes down.


Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said Tweed Shire Council maintains the border marker and the land surrounding it.


“We were happy to be involved in this cross-border collaboration, which highlights our friendship with our Queensland neighbours.” Councillor Milne said.


“It's great to be putting some colour into the NSW/QLD border and at the same time making our lighting more sustainable."


 “The border marker is already a tourist attraction and lighting it with the blue and maroon lights in time for State of Origin 3 is going to create more interest and some friendly rivalry.


“In time, we will install environmentally-friendly LED lighting and colour combinations for other special events, such as green and Gold for the Commonwealth Games, red, black and yellow for NAIDOC Week or pink for breast cancer awareness,” she said.


Mr Rolph was at an informal ceremony as the lights turned on for the first time last night and was impressed.


 “The idea came to me when I was sitting with friends at Twin Towns Services Club looking at the colour all around at night – except for the border marker, which looked dark and drab,” Mr Rolph said.


“My visitors always love to come down here to take photos – it’s very popular with tourists and will be even more so now.”


The border marker sculpture was erected in 2001 to mark the centenary of Federation.


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12 July 2016
Regional printmakers celebrated in Local Provenance

A new exhibition title Local Provenance, curated by Susi Muddiman OAM and Jan Davis will open at the Tweed Regional Gallery on 15 July 2016. Local Provenance includes the original artist prints produced by 12 printmakers from this region. The exhibition also forms part of the nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia (PCA).

The title Local Provenance is a botanical term which describes plants grown from locally collected seed. The exhibition presents the work of talented printmakers who reside and continue their arts practice in the Lismore, Tweed, Byron, Kyogle and Grafton regions. The development of these artist’s careers from their local seeding to their current status as artists of national significance is aptly described in these terms.

The curators thought of the printmaking studios of Southern Cross University in Lismore as a kind of ‘hothouse’ for growing printmakers, and the local institutions such as the Lismore, Grafton and Tweed regional galleries as elaborate trellises that have supported these artists as their careers grew.  The prints in the exhibition include those purchased from the artists early in their careers and now loaned by the local regional galleries and the University, alongside more recent works by each artist.


In selecting this group of artists, the curators considered those who have also benefited from the support provided by the PCA through their annual print commission.


“Jan Davis and I have both enjoyed our association over the years in contributing to the national management committee of the PCA, and it seemed apt to celebrate the PCA’s significant birthday locally with an exhibition of printmakers of our region,” Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said.


The artists included in Local Provenance are Darren Bryant, Jan Davis, Sarah Harvey, Gary Jolley, Jenny Kitchener, Leonie Lane, Shelagh Morgan, Travis Paterson, Rochelle Summerfield, Scott Trevelyan, Samuel Tupou and Christine Willcocks.


“These artists have been selected for the quality of their prints and the way they have built their professional careers through continued exhibition and publication of their practice, critical review and further study,” Jan Davis said.


“Their works have been shown throughout Australia, some have exhibited internationally, many have been commissioned artists of the PCA and all of them are in some way continuing to contribute to the local arts community.”


All are welcome to attend the official opening of Local Provenance by Dr. Stephen Garrett, Coordinator Visual Arts, Southern Cross University on Friday 15 July at 6pm.


A range of public programs have been developed to complement Local Provenance. See the artists demonstrating their work in the Gallery on Sunday 14 and 28 August, and Sunday 11 September from 11am – 2pm.


Continuing the Gallery’s collaboration with the Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e., join us for Art in the Pub: The Printmakers  on Monday 17 October at 6pm (for 6.30pm) at the Courthouse Hotel, Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby.


The exhibition continues at the Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 4 December 2016.

12 July 2016
Auslan tours provide increased access to Gallery and Museum

Tweed Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah will offer Auslan (Australian Sign Language) guided tours later this month for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.


Visitors can join an Auslan-interpreted tour introducing local history and collection highlights at the Museum in the morning and then meet again in the afternoon to tour the Margaret Olley Art Centre and gain insight into the Gallery’s current exhibitions.


Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said that the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre had offered interpreted tours in the past that were very popular.


“We hope that people will make a day of it in Murwillumbah. People will be able to plan a visit to take in these two wonderful facilities. They could lunch along Murwillumbah’s Main Street or take in the view from the Gallery Café in between the morning and afternoon Auslan tours. Plus we have some fantastic exhibitions on display right now,” Ms Muddiman said.


Museum Director Judy Kean said participants in previous tours of the Museum have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss some displays in detail and the opportunity to visit both the Museum and Gallery in the one day.


The next tours will take place on Saturday 16 July with another scheduled for 3 September 2016, with different exhibitions on display each time.


The Museum tour will run from 10am to 11am and the Gallery tour from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on these dates. Auslan interpreted tours are free but bookings are essential. To book contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493 (this phone number also receives text messages) or email


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11 July 2016
Food for Thought Forum
Food for Thought program

International food industry speakers will head up an event next month focusing on untapped opportunities in the region’s growing food sector.


An initiative of Tweed Shire Council, the ‘Food for Thought Forum – Feeding the appetite for regional collaborations’ will be held at Mantra on Salt Beach at Kingscliff on 11 and 12 August 2016.


Forum facilitator, Council’s Director Corporate Services, Liz Collyer, said the purpose of the interactive forum was to ensure our region is making the most of the opportunities we have on offer.


“This region - and the Tweed in particular - offers some of the greatest food industry opportunities in Australia,” Ms Collyer said.


 “Collaboration is essential to grasping that opportunity and at the forum we’ll be hearing about some of the great ideas out there and exploring how we can work together to make the most of these opportunities.


“We will share lessons from local food initiatives, showcase local food success stories from a number of states, explore possibilities on a way forward to boost the local food economy, as well as showcasing local food, agricultural industries, food tourism and sustainable economic and community initiatives.”


The major speakers are:


  • Anthony Flaccavento, President, SCALE (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies) – food hubs in the United States


  • Kathryn Scharf, Chief Operating Officer, Community Food Centres Canada – Canadian food centre models


  • Dr Nick Rose, William Angliss Institute, Melbourne - Nick is a specialist in the emerging field of sustainable food systems and the related fields of food sovereignty and food security.


“We’ll be looking at regional food strategies, local food business stories, and how to collaborate to build success in the food industry.


“We’ll also hear brief presentations from a number of local food industry experiences, including the Murwillumbah Farmers Markets, Lindisfarne Grammar School and North Coast TAFE.”


“The forum will be of interest to people across the food spectrum, including farmers and local producers, tourism and event organisers and operators and many others,” she said.


There will be site tours to local food businesses, Stone and Wood Brewery, Tropical Fruit World, Madura Tea and local farm businesses, Bucks Farm at Chillingham and Paddock to Plates at Nobbys Creek.


Costs have been kept to a minimum to allow a broad audience to attend. Registration for the two days is just $250 per delegate, which includes access to all speaker sessions, site tours, presentation packs and morning and afternoon tea and lunch for the two days.


For more information or to register, visit

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11 July 2016
Love your local at Kingscliff
Love Your Local at Kingscliff

A new ‘shop local’ campaign has been launched in Kingscliff, to show that the town is very much open for business while a number of infrastructure projects are underway.

‘Love Your Local at Kingscliff’ is the slogan which will be prominently displayed in local shops and on shopping bags, stickers, badges and websites throughout the campaign. The initiative is a collaboration between Council and the Kingscliff and District Business Chamber.

A friendly competition between Kingscliff traders to come up with a catchy slogan was won by Lisa Smith of Amcal Chempro Chemist, whose idea ‘Love Your Local at Kingscliff’ was selected by the Kingscliff and District Business Chamber.

“As a small community it is important to help each other out, even if it means travelling a little further. It is vital that we don’t change our shopping habits and continue to Love Your Local,” Ms Smith said.

Chamber President, Don Neale, urged all Kingscliff residents - north and south – to support Kingscliff over the next two years.

“As traders, we need to offer customer friendly service more than ever at Kingscliff to encourage residents to stay loyal,” Mr Neale said.

The Kingscliff Bridge over Cudgen Creek will be closed until December 2016, adding a further 11 minutes to the trip from Casuarina Way, Salt Village to Marine Parade, Kingscliff. 

Work on the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation project along Marine Parade is set to start early in 2017, with the closure of the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park for upgrading and the commencement of construction of a seawall.  For more information on this project see

The ‘Love Your Local at Kingscliff’ campaign will be officially launched to the community at an event at Ed Parker Rotary Park (near the bridge) on Sunday 31 July from 10am – 1pm, hosted by Council and Kingscliff and District Chamber.

Come along for a free sausage sizzle by Kingscliff Rotary, ice cream and activities for the kids.

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8 July 2016
Ritual and regalia

Freemasonry has a long history, sometimes shrouded in mystery and often associated with rituals and practices not widely known and understood.


The Tweed Regional Museum collection includes aprons, cuffs, collars and jewels donated by the families of prominent local Freemasons.


A number of these, together with items associated with the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows, and the Order of the Eastern Star, are currently on display as part of the Museum’s continuing series of What’s New exhibitions. 


The third display in the What’s New series opened on 5 July and is titled Ritual and Regalia.


“We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to work closely with current and past members of local Masonic Lodges to better understand the history and significance of items in the Museum’s collection,” Museum Director, Judy Kean, said.


“Freemasonry on the Tweed dates back to 1885.  Many of the practices have passed down through the generations and remain very much alive for those still involved, but rather mysterious to the rest of us. The associated regalia is understandably significant and precious.”


The Freemasons played an important part in the development of the Tweed, both socially and economically. The Lodges were also important for returning servicemen from both World Wars. Many soldiers found it difficult to return to civilian life; the Masons, along with other organisations, offered a place to build social and business networks and also provided a strong sense of community.


“Worshipful Brother (W. Bro.) Michael Zuschke, a member of Lodge Dawn No. 511, has agreed to give a public talk about the history of Freemasonry on the Tweed, and about some of the important practices observed by members.”


“It’s a rare opportunity to learn more and to ask some of those questions you’ve always wanted to ask,” she said.


When: Wednesday 13 July at 6pm


Where: Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah, 2 Queensland Road


The talk is free. 


Contact the Museum for more details on (02) 6670 2493 or visit 


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