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Last 10 Available Media Releases
21 March 2017
Expressions of interest open for community market operators
Expressions of interest open for community market operators

Council is seeking expressions of interest from any person or group interested in operating any of the Tweed’s seven community markets for a period of three years from 1 July 2017, at Kingscliff, Tweed Heads, Pottsville, Murwillumbah and Salt.

 

An information session for existing and interested operators will be held at the Council’s Murwillumbah Civic Centre at 10.30-11:30am on Monday 3 April. This session will explain the new guidelines and what Council is looking for as part of the Markets Policy and EOI evaluation process.

 

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said markets are really important community and business hubs for the Tweed.

 

“Our new market guidelines encourage our market operators to provide even more opportunities for cultural and community experiences, and to become showcases for sustainable practices to further enhance their reputational appeal,” she said.

 

“Our markets are much loved community and tourism assets that greatly assist our local micro-businesses. With enhanced support for arts, entertainment and sustainable practices we feel that the markets will become even more popular.

 

“Council would love to see markets include a strong focus on live entertainers and buskers, spaces for the community to relax and mingle, and even more opportunities for local goods, services, arts, crafts, organic products, and sustainability.

 

“Council’s Market Management Guidelines are available to assist with submissions and contain new provisions on sale of food, waste avoidance/sustainability and enhancing community experiences.

 

“Council also has on exhibition amendments to its Market Policy which should be considered by interested parties in their EOI submissions.”

 

Interested parties can make a submission for one or more of the existing markets at Pottsville, Kingscliff (day and night) and Recreation Street, Tweed Head; and new markets at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Knox Park Murwillumbah, and Salt Park. Existing operators are encouraged to apply.

 

For information on Council’s Draft Markets Policy, please visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/OnExhibition

 

Expressions of interest close on Tuesday 18 April and all enquiries may be directed to Council’s Environmental Health Section via (02) 6670 2400 or TSC@tweed.nsw.gov.au


15 March 2017
Roads and water top the list in Council services survey
Roads and water top priorities in Council services survey
Service Planning Survey Results Summary

Council’s recent survey into the delivery of key services across the shire has highlighted the value of quality roads and water infrastructure to the Tweed community.

Road services (including traffic, footpaths and cycleways) were rated a priority by almost two thirds of Tweed residents, followed by Water Supply and Parks and Gardens.

The survey also measured community satisfaction with the delivery of 34 Council services and showed, on average, residents were ‘very satisfied’ with the services they used with an overall satisfaction rating of almost 85 per cent.

Cemeteries, the Art Gallery and Aquatic Centres were among the top rating services in terms of satisfaction while Roads had the lowest satisfaction score of 67 per cent.

Council General Manager Troy Green said almost 1700 responses to the survey were received from 82 different localities across Tweed Shire.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this survey,” he said.

“This survey has been really important in helping Council to understand the priorities of the community and areas where we need to improve.

“The survey also gave residents a chance to share their vision for the Tweed of the future. The clear theme from the responses for Council were about listening to the community and finding the balance between supporting community growth and protection of the environment.

“That theme has been carried strongly through Council’s new community strategic plan and other key planning documents.”

Liz Collyer, Council’s Director of Corporate Services said providing opportunities for community members to have a say is a priority for Council.

“It was great to see hundreds of Tweed residents joining the conversation and completing surveys in person with Council’s Community Engagement Network team at public events, community locations, shopping centres and markets across the Tweed,” she said.

“The survey was distributed to households late last year via a special edition of the Tweed Link and was available online and at Council offices.

“I encourage local residents to visit www.YourSayTweed.com.au/ttfio to see how the survey results have been incorporated in our new Draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 and Council’s four-year Delivery Program which will is soon to go on public exhibition..

 

Click here for a summary of survey results

 

The full detail and background can be viewed at www.yoursaytweed.com.au/ttfio


14 March 2017
3 Bin roadshow at a shopping centre near you
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A 3 Bin System roadshow will be visiting shopping centres and community markets in late March and early April, to provide information and answer questions about changes to Tweed residential bin services from 1 July 2017.

 

The roadshow will begin at Tweed City Shopping Centre on Tuesday 21 March and will include information stalls at centres and markets throughout Tweed Shire, including Murwillumbah, Bogangar, Casuarina, Tweed Heads, Banora Point and Pottsville.

 

See next week’s Tweed Link for a detailed list of locations, dates and times.

 

“The 3 Bin System will bring a number of changes to collection services for urban households from 1 July and there’s a lot of interest among residents,” Council’s Coordinator Waste Services, Rod Dawson, said.

 

“The roadshow is just one of the ways Council will be getting the message out to residents during the next few months.

 

“The new bin service, incorporating a new green-bin Organics service for food and garden waste, will bring major improvements in reusing and recycling much of our waste to keep it out of landfill.

 

“It’s important residents are well informed about the changes, including what goes into each bin and how frequently each bin will be collected, to ensure the new service is as effective as possible.”

 

Key points to be highlighted by the roadshow include:

  • Households that already receive a green-lid service are unlikely to have an increase in their waste service fees. Urban residents that don’t currently have a green-lid bin will have a small increase in waste costs.

  • The 3 Bin System is a necessary step to achieving a State Government target for all NSW councils to save at least 70 per cent of waste from going to landfill by 2022.

  • The Tweed community is currently only diverting 42 per cent with our current bin system and waste behaviours. By processing 50 per cent of the waste we currently put in our red-lid bins and converting it into useful compost, we will get much closer to this target.

  • The 3 Bin System will bring us in line with the 28 other NSW councils that are already providing a food and garden waste organics service, including five of the seven Northern Rivers councils.

  • With food waste now going to the Organics service, the green-lid bin will be emptied weekly, while the red and yellow-lid bins will be collected fortnightly on alternating weeks.

  • A facility will be constructed at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre to process the organic waste to produce high-quality, nutrient-rich compost for use by local farmers and households.

  • The 3 Bin Service will bring cost benefits for the community and ratepayers because organics and recycling services are cheaper to operate than sending waste to landfill.

  • Multi-unit developments larger than two units and rural residents will remain on the current Multi Bin System at this time. Council is considering options for these properties.

 

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the Waste Levy. For more information visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/BinServices


7 March 2017
Get connected on Neighbour Day
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Happy neighbours also tend to be healthier neighbours and Tweed residents are being encouraged a hold a gathering to meet the people who live nearby.

 

Sunday 26 March is Neighbour Day, an annual initiative by Relationships Australia, to encourage and assist people to meet and build stronger connections to the people in their neighbourhood.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, urged the community to give this initiative a try.

“This is a lovely and simple way for the community to get to know each other. Even if you don’t have time to socialise with your neighbours on a regular basis, it’s very reassuring to know there’s someone close that has got your back and will look out for you,” Cr Milne said.

“Tweed is still small enough to have that lovely community feel but if we take it for granted it could slip away as we get more and more development.  This is just the sort of thing that makes strong communities. And, you never know, magic may happen.  How great would it be to find a new friend, or someone that shares your passion, so conveniently close?” 

Invitations, posters and everything else needed to promote and host a Neighbour Day gathering can be downloaded from www.neighbourday.org and packs are available from Council’s Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah offices.

 

Council is going to get the Neighbour Day ball rolling in 2017 by hosting a morning tea at the South Tweed Community Centre on Friday 17 March from 10.30am.

 

“Representatives from some of the groups that help to keep our community vibrant and connected – such as residents association members, Neighbourhood Watch, seniors activities and the Country Women’s Association – have been invited for an early celebration to help spread the word about Neighbour Day,” Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

 

“We’re also extending an open invitation to members of the community to come along to share some light refreshments and get to know some of the active groups in their area.”

                                                              

People living in neighbourhoods that are highly connected generally enjoy higher levels of physical and mental health.

 

“Social connection makes us feel better because it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. When you connect with the people who live nearby, you’re showing you care about what happens locally and are directly supporting safe, friendly and resilient neighbourhoods,” Ms Stinson said.

 

Neighbour Day activities can be as big or small as you’d like. Organise an event on your own or work with a group of neighbours to host an event. It could be BYO-everything gathering, a game of cricket in the local park, afternoon tea in the back paddock or an outdoor movie – just to name a few. Visit www.neighbourday.org for a number of event ideas.

 

“Whether it’s a cuppa, a picnic in the park or a message of support, Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when needed,” she said.

 

“Everyone is encouraged to contact Neighbour Day through their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to share their neighbourhood stories and exciting plans. You can download a Neighbour Day sign from the Neighbour Day website for selfies and post neighbourly pics on your favourite social media platform.”

 

Neighbour Day is held by Relationships Australia, a national not-for-profit organisation working to improve relationships in all their forms. Visit www.relationships.org.au for more information.  

7 March 2017
Join a woody weeds workshop
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Learn how to control large woody vine weeds by attending a workshop at Eungella on Saturday 18 March.

 

Rous County Council officer Kim Curtis and ecology consultant David Milledge will explain the threats posed by land and aquatic weeds and how they can be controlled.

 

Tweed Landcare, Council and Local Land Services are working together to provide the workshop for local landholders and other interested people.

 

The event will be limited to 25 participants, who will learn how to identify and control weeds, prevent their re-emergence, and to restore native plants.

 

The workshop will be held at the New Govardhana Farm, 525 Tyalgum Road, from 9.30am to 1pm. A light lunch will be served and bookings are essential by emailing landcareofficer@tweed.nsw.gov.au or by phoning Jude Mason on (02) 6670 2199.

 

Participants should wear covered shoes, sun safe apparel and bring water.

 

The workshop is part of a mid Oxley River riparian restoration and connectivity project, funded by an Environmental Trust restoration and rehabilitation grant.

 


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6 March 2017
Youth event to encourage Les Burger upgrade feedback
Les Burger feedback stall media release
A feedback stand and youth activities evening will be held at Bogangar’s Les Burger Fields this Friday, to encourage community input on a planned youth space upgrade.
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3 March 2017
A stitch in modern times
030317 slipstitch media release
A modern Australian take on the ancient art of embroidery will be featured in a new Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre exhibition starting this Friday.
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3 March 2017
Horanai finds form in power of nature
Continuity of Life media release
Japanese-born artist Maki Horanai celebrates the resilience of life with her exhibition, the continuity of life: the art of Maki Horanai, on display at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre from 3 March to 16 April.
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2 March 2017
Discover the Tweed's hidden gems
Thunder Eggs media release
Thunder eggs found in the Tweed are the envy of collectors around the world.
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1 March 2017
Designs released for Les Burger Fields youth space upgrade
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A youth hub on the Tweed Coast is set for expansion, with concept designs to upgrade Les Burger Fields in Bogangar now on exhibition for public comment.

 

The plans include construction of a multi-function half basketball court area, as well as additional seating and landscaping, to accompany the existing skate park.

 

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, urged the young people of the coast to check out the plan and for the schools to get involved.

 

“It’s really important that we get the plan right and make this youth space as fun, friendly and as safe as possible,” Cr Milne said.

 

Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said: “The new facilities will ensure the Les Burger Fields youth recreation space caters to a wide range of users, including families with young children.

 

“An expansion of the youth space is also needed to cater for the Tweed Coast’s growing population.

Les Burger Fields is an important recreational facility, because it is centrally located on the Tweed Coast between Kingscliff and Pottsville. So Council is keen to hear what locals think about the upgrade concept plans.”

 

Visit yoursaytweed.com.au/LesBurger or www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ParksAndGardens to see the concept plans and further details about the Les Burger Fields upgrade.

 

The upgrade and expansion follows on from recommendations in Council’s Youth Strategy and Action Plan adopted in 2013.

 

Since late 2015, Council officers have been meeting with representatives from a range of groups, including Tweed Coast Raiders Junior Rugby League Sport Club, Cabarita Bogangar Residents Association, Cabarita Youth Service, and the Lions Club of Cabarita Beach and Pottsville Beach to develop the concept plan.

 

“The skate park and other existing facilities at Les Burger Field are well utilised and these improvements will make it even more of a focal point for young people and their families,” Ms Stinson said.

 


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