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24 May 2016
Practical actions at World Environment Day workshops

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and learn some easy ways to make your home and lifestyle more environmentally-friendly, when Council hosts a series of workshops at this year’s World Environment Day Festival in Murwillumbah on Sunday 5 June.


Hands-on activities at the Knox Park event will explain ways to make great compost and maintain a thriving worm farm for healthier, more productive gardens.


Participants can also catch up on tips for choosing the best plants for wildlife friendly Tweed backyards, learn how to make their home water efficient, or become an expert recycler.


“Council will have two tents for workshops, running the free, 25-minute workshops back-to-back between 10am and 2pm,” Council’s Sustainability Program Leader, Deb Firestone, said.


“Each workshop will be repeated, to give people more opportunity to get involved, while enjoying the other festival attractions that interest them.


“These practical workshops - with day-to-day initiatives that people can implement at home – will be a great complement to the festival’s fantastic array of speakers and displays about the latest issues and advances in environmental protection.”


The annual festival, being held from 10am to 3pm, will also feature a number of entertainers, including Gabriel and Cecilia, the Broadfoot and the Pitts Family Circus.


Electric car and bicycle demonstrations will be on display alongside environmental and sustainable business stalls, a composting demonstration, kids activities and food stalls.


The event is hosted by the Caldera Environment Centre and supported by Tweed Shire Council.  For more information, visit



20 May 2016
IPART approves special rate increase for Cobaki Lakes development

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority (IPART) has approved a permanent special rate variation of 0.97 per cent for the Cobaki Lakes residential development, beginning in 2016/17.


The increase above the rate peg would be paid by future property owners in Cobaki when development occurs in the area.


A special variation allows councils to increase general income - which mainly comprises income from rates - above the rate peg. The rate peg has been set by IPART at 1.8 per cent for 2016/17.


The special rate variation at Cobaki is a levy on residents of the new urban release area to protect bushland within and around the development, which is located on a 605-hectare site west of Tweed Heads.


The developer, LEDA Manorstead, will begin payments on 1 July 2016 until such time as the levy can be paid by individual property owners.


“The local environment is of great significance to the people living in Tweed Shire. It is the reason many have moved here over the last 170 years,” Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said.


“This special rate is welcomed by all.  It will ensure that the endangered ecological communities, the bushland and the wildlife will be cared for forever.  For those that make Cobaki their new home they will have a sense of ownership and pride in the surrounding environmental areas.  It is also a great milestone passed for the developers to move forward.  


“The new rates are a winner for animals, plants and people, great outcome,” he said.

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18 May 2016
Power from the people

The Northern Rivers is set to be home to Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer and one of its founders will be a key speaker at World Environment Day celebrations in Murwillumbah.


Enova Energy Chief Executive Officer, Steve Harris, will tell the ground-breaking public company’s story at the 2016 World Environment Day Festival, being held by the Caldera Environment Centre, with support from Council, at Knox Park on Sunday 5 June from 10am to 3pm.


Enova conducted a successful community campaign late last year to raise funds for the venture and has begun a test of its retail systems and other processes, as its gets closer to taking on its first customers.


Mr Harris, a 40-year veteran of the energy industry, will speak at the festival about setting up a community-owned renewable energy retailer in the Northern Rivers and its goal to foster renewable energy in the region.


"We want to support the development of local renewable energy and we will work with new initiatives to make this happen,” he said.


“Enova is preparing a call for expressions of interest from the community and other organisations to build local renewable generation facilities.”


World Environment Day Festival organiser Ari Ehrlich said it was exciting to have Enova’s CEO speaking at this year’s event, with the pioneering energy retailer so close to starting full operations.


“Enova’s establishment here and its goal to supply all its customers with energy generated entirely by renewable sources further entrenches this region as an epicentre of renewable energy,” Mr Ehrlich said.


“The Northern Rivers has one of Australia’s highest uptakes of home solar power systems, with more than 5000 Tweed households preparing for the end of the 60-cent solar feed-in tariff at the end of the year. And we’re home to the Tyalgum Energy Project to take Tyalgum off the grid.


“Steve is a great inclusion on a list of wonderful speakers who will keep Tweed residents up to date with some of the most exciting green energy initiatives in the country, happening right here.


The festival speakers, stalls and workshops will provide lots of ideas on how people can make their households and lives more sustainable, lower their energy costs and give the environment a helping hand along the way.


Council will conduct a series of hands-on workshops at the festival, giving people a chance to roll up their sleeves and get practical experience in ways they can live more sustainably.


The annual celebration will also feature a number of entertainers, including Gabriel and Cecilia, the Andrea Kirwin Band and the Pitts Family Circus.


Electric car and bicycle demonstrations will be on display alongside environmental and sustainable business stalls, a composting demonstration, kids activities and food stalls.


Details about the festival are available at For more information about Enova email


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17 May 2016
Get involved in Fatality Free Friday

Australia’s largest community-based road safety campaign will soon arrive at Tweed City Shopping Centre in a bid to encourage residents and visitors to make a pledge to drive safely.


The Fatality Free Friday stall will be outside Coles on Friday 27 May between 10am and 1pm. Shoppers will be asked to make a pledge to stay focused on the road, keep a safe distance and drive to suit the conditions by signing a giant inflatable car.


Council Road Safety Officer Alana Brooks said 130,000 people already had taken the pledge online.


“This year’s campaign theme is ‘the key to road safety is in your hands’,” Ms Brooks said.


“We can all take simple actions to prevent road trauma by obeying speed limits and driving to suit the prevailing road and weather conditions.


“Speed is still the biggest contributor to crashes on roads in the Tweed,” she said.


“Motorists are reminded that speed limits are a maximum and not a target, and that a suitable and safe speed often is well below the posted limit.”


By making a pledge in writing, it is hoped the road safety message sticks to the driver making the pledge as well as to the inflatable car.


“While the target is to have a Fatality Free Friday, we are aiming for a longer-term community change and safer roads,” Ms Brooks said.


A variety of road safety information and giveaways will be available, including an opportunity to brush up on the most misunderstood road rules.


The car will also be ‘parked’ at the top of the steps outside the Murwillumbah Tweed Shire Council offices on Thursday 26 May for anyone who would like to make their pledge early.


Those unable to make it to Tweed City on the day can take the pledge online at  This website features a memorial wall for those who have lost loved ones in road accidents to remember their relatives and friends.

16 May 2016
Remembering Razorback

Razorback and its significance to two Tweed residents will be the focus of an International Museum Day presentation in Murwillumbah this week.


Aboriginal performer and cultural educator Kyle Slabb and historian Joan Smith will speak about the iconic Tweed Heads landmark during a free talk at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah on Wednesday 18 May at 5.30pm for 6pm.


Razorback offers panoramic views of much of the Tweed coastline and hinterland and, as a result, is a popular location for the rituals and celebrations of many people.


It is a place of significance for local Aboriginal people and inspires strong memories for many residents.


Kyle Slabb is from the Bundjalung people, who are the original custodians of the northern coastal areas of NSW, including Fingal Head where he has lived all his life.


Joan Smith grew up at Tweed Heads, played around Razorback as a child, and has a lifelong passion for the area’s history and heritage.


Each will share their memories, knowledge and stories about Razorback and why it has significance for so many people.


Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean said it was a very relevant topic for 2016 International Museum Day, which will be celebrated worldwide on Wednesday.


“This year’s theme is Museums and Cultural Landscapes, and Razorback is a very powerful example of how landscapes carry cultural significance – and how this significance may be shared, and different,” she said.


“Razorback features in many photographs and postcards in the Museum collection, as a popular lookout point, and many Tweed residents and visitors have strong and precious memories of visiting Razorback.


“It also holds significant cultural importance for Aboriginal people. We’re delighted that both Joan and Kyle have agreed to come along and share their knowledge of this important place.”


The event will include a display of Razorback-related images in the Tweed Regional Museum collection.


Where: Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah, 2 Queensland Road


When: Wednesday 18 May, 5.30pm for 6pm sharp


Cost: Free


For more information: (02) 6670 2493 or

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16 May 2016
Enduring group in step with better health

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15 May 2016
Labor promises $1 million for Kingscliff sports complex

Funding has been promised for Stage One of the Kingscliff Sport and Recreation Complex Master Plan Implementation if the Australian Labor Party is elected into office at the upcoming Federal election.


The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, made the announcement at the Walter Peate Field at Kingscliff this afternoon, promising $1 million in Federal funds, with Tweed Shire Council promising another $322,000 if the project goes ahead.


Accompanied by Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot MP and a large national and local media contingent, Mr Shorten chatted with local supporters and children and parents from local sports clubs.


Council General Manager, Troy Green, attended the announcement, along with Councillors Carolyn Byrne and Barry Longland.


“On behalf of the community, I thank Mr Shorten and our local Member, Justine Elliot, for this opportunity to improve the lives of our current and future Tweed Coast residents through a commitment of $1 million funding under a Shorten Government for Stage One of the Kingscliff Sport and Recreation Complex Masterplan Implementation,” Mr Green said.


“The well-loved Kingscliff Sport and Recreation Complex currently plays host to a range of sports – rugby league, football, Oztag, cricket, Little Athletics and hockey.   There is an opportunity to significantly enhance the capacity of this facility to meet the needs of the sporting community and also the recreational needs of nearby residents and visitors.


“Consultation with the sports clubs and the community for a Master Plan for the Kingscliff Sport and Recreation Complex confirmed that the facilities and layout are inadequate, don’t cater for future sports needs and contribute to creating conflict between sports.


“Following adoption of the Master Plan by Council in March last year, we’re all in agreement as a community about what needs to be done – we just don’t have the funds to do it.


“Today’s announcement is great news for the host of sporting clubs who use these facilities, those who play the sport and the mums and dads who support their kids each game or get out themselves to stay fit and active,” he said.


Mark Suhor from the Kingscliff District Football Club said soccer in Kingscliff was growing more quickly than the current facilities could cater for – up 20 per cent this year - and he was forced to turn people away.


“These funds would mean more capacity as we could centralise into one area and not have to cross the road,” Mr Suhor said.

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13 May 2016
Scenic storybook shines light on Tweed jewels

Coastal headlands along the Tweed coast are among the most valuable scenic landscapes in the district, according to public submissions into a new Council study.


The headlands at Fingal Head, Cabarita Beach and Hastings Point have all been raised as particularly valuable locations to protect and enjoy, in community feedback for Council’s Scenic Landscape Strategy.


Residents are sharing their favourite locations on the Scenic Landscape Strategy page of Council’s Your Say Tweed engagement webpage, including a What’s My Scene – Share Your Scenic Landscape storybook.


“Participants on the webpage have also told us the Tweed has just as many jewels inland, such as the Doughboy rock formation at Doon Doon and the views from Stotts Island,” the Director of Planning  and Regulation, Vince Connell, said.


“Urliup and other popular locations for hiking and cycling have also been raised.


“We’re keen to hear from more community members about their favourite places to visit or the locations that help make the Tweed home for them.”


Mr Connell said the Scenic Landscapes Strategy aimed to go beyond the Tweed’s iconic attractions - Mt Warning, the Tweed River and beaches – to identify the lesser-known attractions that resonate at a personal or more localised community level.


“We’re inviting everyone to share their photos and stories about the locations and views that mean the most to them,” he said.


“This input will be invaluable in planning and managing growth and change in Tweed Shire.


“The Tweed, like many coastal regions, faces ongoing pressures for new areas to be developed and for changes to locations already developed.”


Mr Connell said the strategy was needed to identify treasured scenic locations and landscapes and understand their value.


“That will then guide the measures needed to protect them,” he said.


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11 May 2016
Smith family finds comfort in Mother’s Day memorial service

Murwillumbah’s Smith family gives a lot to the Tweed’s church communities, but last week’s special Mother’s Day memorial service at Eviron was a chance to receive some comfort in return.


Several members of the dedicated family were still involved in numerous roles at the combined memorial service – held annually by Murwillumbah Churches Together and Tweed Shire Council – with several of the siblings playing in a band assembled for the service.


However, mother Tina said the family also took a great deal from the Mother’s Day service, including a chance to remember her own parents.


 “It’s been over 10 years since I lost my parents but this is still an emotional time to remember everything they did for me,” she said.


“This service is particularly personal, focusing on the relationships we shared with those people we’ve lost and remembering all their hard work for us.


“It connects you with other people in similar situations and helps each of us get through whatever it is we’re dealing with,” she said.


“For some people, the grief is still fresh, while others have been dealing with it for a while. But all of us take something valuable from the service.”


Approximately 50 people attended the historic chapel at Tweed Valley Cemetery for last Friday’s service.


One of the event’s coordinators, Pastor Rob Stuttle from the Living Waters Church Tumbulgum, said it was rewarding to see it continue a steady rise in participation at the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day services since they were launched in 2013.



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11 May 2016
Exclusive performance by the legendary Terence Clarke AM

On Saturday 25 June, Tweed Regional Gallery will host the legendary theatre director, composer and actor Terence Clarke AM for an exclusive performance of ‘An Evening with Donald Friend’.


This enthralling one-man show captures the essence of Donald Friend, the man and the artist, and reveals incidents of Friend's exotic and colourful life.


Donald Friend (1915–1989) was a rare artist.  He was a painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, decorator and writer.  This play, devised by art historian, publisher and friend of the artist Lou Klepac OAM, narrates stories selected from the 44 extraordinary diaries written by Donald Friend and now held in the National Library’s collection.


The diaries represent the personal vision of an important Australian artist, and also document Australian culture from the 1930s to the 1980s through his eyes.  His writing is humorous, caustic and incisive.


President of the Friends of the Gallery, Lyn Stewart, said: “it’s a coup to welcome this renowned thespian to the Tweed, we are thrilled to be hosting this event and it’s the first time we’ve held a play in the Gallery.”


‘An Evening with Donald Friend’ is being presented to coincide with the exhibition The Mystery of Things: Margaret Olley & David Strachan, on display in the Margaret Olley Art Centre until 7 August 2016.  


Donald Friend was a contemporary and dear friend to both Margaret Olley and David Strachan.


Don’t miss this exclusive event – one night only – presented as a special fundraiser by the Friends of Tweeed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.


Event:            An Evening with Donald Friend by Terence Clarke AM


When:            Saturday 25 June 2016, 6pm – 8pm


Tickets:         Strictly limited. On sale now. Wed – Sun, 10am – 4.30pm, phone (02) 6670 2790


Cost:  $50 per person, $45 Friend of the Gallery or Gallery Foundation Member


Light refreshments will be served from 6pm until 6.25pm


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