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Last 10 Available Media Releases
18 August 2017
Tweed Aboriginal community invited to discuss dam-raising project
Tweed Aboriginal community invited to discuss dam-raising project

Council is inviting Tweed Aboriginal community members with cultural knowledge of the Doon Doon and Commissioners Creek areas, particularly around Clarrie Hall Dam, to help undertake the cultural heritage assessment required to raise the wall of the dam.


In December 2015, Council resolved to begin planning for and buying the land needed to raise the wall of the dam. Its decision followed an extensive assessment of the options available to increase the capacity of the Tweed District Water Supply.


The cultural heritage assessment is one of the early investigations required in the planning phase of the project and Canberra-based Navin Officer Heritage Consultants have been engaged to investigate the potential impact of the proposed dam-raising on Tweed Aboriginal community cultural heritage values.


The consultants are inviting Tweed Aboriginal community members to register their interest in attending a workshop to discuss their proposed methodology for conducting the cultural heritage assessment, including an archaeological ground survey, of the Clarrie Hall Dam area.


The workshop is scheduled to be held on Thursday 7 September. Interested parties will be given more details when they register.


The workshop will cover the proposed ground survey strategy, the recording of cultural heritage sites during the survey and the logistics of the survey program.


“The workshop aims to give the Tweed Aboriginal community information about the proposed project, to start to involve them in the decision-making process for the project and to start to gather from them any information regarding the cultural significance of the project area,” Principal Archaeologist Navin Officer Heritage Consultants Nicola Hayes said.


The workshop is being undertaken as part of the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Consultation Requirements for Proponents 2010.


To register an interest in attending the workshop, Tweed Aboriginal community members are asked to contact Navin Officer Heritage Consultants direct by telephoning (02) 6282 9415 or emailing

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18 August 2017
Cotton continues Ari’s emergence

The list of finalists for the Olive Cotton Award in 2017 features many of the biggest names in Australian portrait photography, but it has also continued the emergence of a talented young local.


In 2014, Ari Messina was a winner in Tweed Regional Gallery’s Les Peterkin prize for portraits for local primary school children.


Fast forward just three years and Messina, now aged 12, has become the youngest finalist for the Olive Cotton Award, which has been touted as Australia’s leading prize in portrait photography.


His piece, Dark Side of a Girl, hangs among the other 71 finalists for 2017, on exhibition in Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 8 October.


Messina said his selection as a finalist was a “really big surprise”.


“I wasn’t expecting it to be a finalist. I was shocked at first but it felt so good,” he said.


“At the time I took it, I didn’t have any intention to entry it in the Olive Cotton Awards but after I looked at it on the computer, my mum and I knew it would be good to enter.”


Messina said he was exposed to photography from a very early age because his grandfather and uncle are both photographers.


“Being immersed in it really got me to enjoy taking photos,” he said.


Messina said he did not have any particularly ambitions with his photography.


“Right now I am just enjoying taking photos and learning how to use my camera.”


17 August 2017
Inspired residents wanted for new Seniors Festival planning group

Community members are needed for a new Seniors Festival Working Group, to plan activities for the April event.


The Tweed Seniors Festival will be held by Council from 4 April to 15 April 2018, with activities to be conducted through the Tweed.


It replaces Seniors Week which has been organised by a community committee for a number of years with support from Council.


“The committee has done a wonderful job with Seniors Week and the expo, and both have grown into valuable and highly anticipated events,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.


“The working group will ensure we continue to have strong community input to the event’s planning.

This contribution is important to help provide events that are valuable and fun for Tweed seniors and other members of our community.”


Nominations for the working group are open until 22 September. Apply online by visiting


Printed copies of the application form are also available at Council’s Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads offices or by contacting Project Officer Kristen Forster on (02) 6670 2527.



16 August 2017
Car park amnesty shot in arm for small business
Car park amnesty shot in arm for small business

Council has voted to provide a shot in the arm for small business in Murwillumbah by granting an amnesty on the provision of, or payment for, up to three car-parking spaces in the town.


The motion to provide an amnesty to stimulate economic growth after the March flood was put forward by Councillor Reece Byrnes and passed five votes to one, with one councillor absent for the vote.


“The intention of this motion is to favour small business, which is the backbone of the Murwillumbah economy,” said Cr Byrne. “We have capped the parking spaces amnesty to three spaces to concentrate the benefit to small business not large corporations that require large numbers of car parks.”


New small businesses wanting to set up in the central business district will not have to provide, or pay their full contribution for, car parking spaces – up to a maximum of three spaces – on development applications submitted before 1 June 2018.


Businesses wanting to set up in Prospero Street, South Murwillumbah, which is not subject to the payment of car-parking contributions, will not have to provide parking spaces for up to three vehicles.


The amnesty, which could amount to a saving of about $50,000, also applies to existing businesses wanting to expand or premises subject to a change of use.


“The floods have cost some businesses a considerable amount and Council has voted to do what it can to assist them in their recovery,” said General Manager Troy Green. “We are very pleased to see the resilience within our business community and that the vast majority of them are still open for business.


“Since the floods, we’ve received three development applications for new industry in South Murwillumbah and one change-of-use application for the CBD.


“We’ve also seen two new cafes set up in town and the refurbishment of three existing business premises.


“In South Murwillumbah, at least one business has closed its doors permanently.


“If this amnesty helps our business community to build a better Murwillumbah, we are happy to support it.”

16 August 2017
Tweed gets $1.6m to improve seven shire roads
Tweed gets $1.6m to improve seven shire roads

Tweed Shire Council has secured $1.6 million from the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme to improve seven roads in the shire this financial year. The grants include:

  • $500,000 for full-depth asphalt pavement replacement on north and southbound carriageways of Darlington Drive between Sexton Hill Drive and Leisure Drive, Banora Point

  • $400,000 to raise Numinbah Road at Pat Smiths causeway, Numinbah, and replace the existing causeway with a box culvert crossing

  • $350,000 to upgrade Gray Street, Tumbulgum, east of Bawden Street by constructing a new stormwater drainage system throughout, installing kerb and gutter on both sides of the road and then rehabilitating the road surface

  • $150,000 to stabilise and reseal the road pavement of the intersection of Fraser Drive and Leisure Drive, Banora Point

  • $101,000 to replace a failed culvert on Blackwoods Road, Nobbys Creek, before rehabilitating and resealing that section of road, and

  • $100,000 to stabilise and reseal the road pavement of Cabarita Road, between Oleander and Poinciana avenues, Bogangar, and

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16 August 2017
Yeldham shares unconventional story of endurance

The unorthodox life journey of artist Joshua Yeldham will be laid bare when he gives a free talk at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah on Sunday 27 August.


The unconventional Sydney-based artist will speak about his exhibition Endurance, on display at the Gallery until 10 December, and his story of a “sensitive boy” who endured bullying, a literacy challenges and an unsympathetic school system to become one of Australia’s most original artists.


Yeldham draws from a deep spiritual affiliation with the land and a love of nature, creating art that entwines narrative and myth, imagination and experience.


Working across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, he has developed a singular aesthetic that combines various mediums such as his pierced and carved photographs, his characteristic oil paintings, and large-scale paper works.


Yeldham is also an enthralling and humorous storyteller and will share his learning journey - from the heart-breaking to the bizarre.


A small boy struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia, he was a boarder at an exclusive Sydney school from the age of eight and was regularly taunted and tormented by his “big-boned” fellow students.


He seized an opportunity to reinvent himself when he was 14, moving with his mother to Switzerland and studying at the prestigious Aiglon College.


Yeldham was inspired by his “mountain men” teachers who were “strong men but they weren’t aggressive” and he threw himself into physical challenges.


It was another chapter in his unorthodox approach to physical and academic challenges and introduced him to skiing, navigation, mountain climbing and caving, throwing him into nature.


A succession of great art teachers throughout his education was also telling and he went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, then became an award-winning film maker.


Endurance is the product of Yeldham’s term at the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio in February, when he was invited to explore the waterways and surrounding scenery of the Northern Rivers.

His free talk will be held in the Withey Family Gallery from 2pm.


For further information, visit or phone (02) 6670 2790.

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15 August 2017
Training ground for talent acknowledged with awards
Training ground for talent acknowledged with awards

Council’s role as a training ground for talented young people has been highlighted with a host of current and former Council trainees and apprentices honoured recently with local, state and national awards through Programmed Skilled Workforce.


Former Council electrical apprentice Corey Goodall was named National Apprentice of the Year and previous Council IT trainee Michael Lever was named National Trainee of the Year.


Now based in Mackay, former Council fitter apprentice Matthew Matulovic was named the NSW Northern Apprentice of the Year while closer to home, current third year horticulture apprentice Cooper Conlan was named the TAFE Parks and Gardens Apprentice of the Year.


“At the moment I’m working down at Lovers Rocks at Duranbah getting to learn very different skills like construction and building as well as my trade as a horticulturalist,” Cooper Conlan said.


“It’s not a bad office view here, yep it’s lovely!


“It can be daunting starting an apprenticeship and starting at a whole new workplace, but Council is a really good place to learn, I’m comfortable here and I’m always asking questions.


“It’s helped me to grow and be a lot more confident about what I’m doing.”


Council’s Director Corporate Services, Liz Collyer, said providing increased employment opportunities for young people is a focus of Council’s Workforce Management Plan.


“We really need to plan for our future workforce needs here at Council and to build on the 13 per cent of employees we currently have who are under the age of 35,” she said.


“Council has trained nearly 140 cadets, apprentices and trainees since 1997, including 28 who have gone on to permanent careers at Council after their training.


“We currently have 18 apprentices and trainees and three cadets across the areas of building surveying, GIS, surveying, mechanical, electrical, carpentry, fitting and turning, metal fabrication and horticulture trades, business administration and aged care traineeships.”


To read more about Council’s four-year Workforce Management Plan visit:


Visit Council’s Facebook page to see Cooper Conlan share his story or for information about careers at Council visit

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14 August 2017
Up Late chat gives insight to Hockney genius
David Hockney Up Late media release
Get a greater insight to the innovations and motivations of David Hockney, the subject of Tweed Regional Gallery’s first international touring exhibition, when the Gallery hosts an Up Late event this Saturday.
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11 August 2017
Home Expo unearths designers of the future
Home Expo school workshops media release
The Tweed’s next crop of sustainability-conscious designers is being fostered by a new schools program for this year’s ‘Living for the Future’ Home Expo.
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10 August 2017
Rail Trail project turns to other funding options
Rail Trail funding media release
Alternative funding options will be sought for the Tweed stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, following a recent announcement the project was not successful in the latest round of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions fund, Council’s Director Engineering, David Oxenham, said.
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