21 June 2016
Extraordinary meeting of Council on Thursday 23 June
An Extraordinary Meeting of Council will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016 to consider a Notice of Rescission on legal action on a 20-lot subdivision at 40 Creek Street, Hastings Point.
The meeting will consider a Notice of Rescission of a resolution from its meeting of 6 August 2015:
“That Council engages its solicitors, and suitable consultants, if required, to defend the deemed refusal appeal for DA15/0201.
17 June 2016
Campaign to reduce drink driving on local roads
Drink driving on local roads is being targeted in a local government road safety campaign underway in the Tweed for the next fortnight.
Over the coming weeks, Tweed residents will be reminded to not drink and drive, by using their Plan B. The campaign focuses on roads where statistics show alcohol is a factor in a high number of crashes.
“If no-one got behind the wheel of a car after drinking, the number of fatal crashes in the Tweed could be reduced by up to 24 per cent,” Council’s Road Safety Officer, Alana Brooks, said.
“If you're going to drink, plan not to drive. Organise how you are going to get home safely before you go out.”
While police regularly patrol Tweed Valley Way and Terranora Road, this campaign will also focus on areas surrounding Murwillumbah and Mooball.
On high risk roads, motorists will notice increased mobile random breath tests by police and variable message boards to encourage motorists to think about their Plan B.
“Your plan B might be having a designated driver, catching a taxi, staying at a friend’s house or using a venue’s courtesy bus,” Ms Brooks said.
Police will be supporting the campaign by targeting surrounding areas to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crashes.
Senior Sergeant Chad George of Northern Rivers Highway Patrol said police were appealing to all drivers to not drink and drive.
“Even a couple of drinks can impair your ability to make decisions and to react in different situations,” he said.
“The decisions that you make behind the wheel of a car can have lifelong consequences for not only you but family, friends, and others if you are involved in a crash.”
16 June 2016
Fauna workshop wraps up popular Land for Wildlife workshop series
The final instalment in the free Land for Wildlife workshop series - to be delivered on Saturday 25 June - will focus on vertebrate fauna, frogs, birds and pest management.
Land for Wildlife, launched in November 2014, is a voluntary property registration scheme that helps private landholders manage wildlife habitat on their property. Funded by a National Parks and Wildlife Foundation grant with additional funding by Council, the series focuses on practical elements of biodiversity conservation for private landholders.
“With 217 people having already attended, it has been a popular series confirming local landholders are eager to learn about and manage native habitat,” Council’s Project Officer - Biodiversity, Michael Corke, said.
Workshops have helped landholders identify and propagate native plants, identify and control weeds, re-establish rainforest on cleared land, assess and manage soil health and better appreciate the Tweed’s Aboriginal cultural heritage.
“The final workshop will showcase the Shire’s amazing faunal biodiversity,” Mr Corke said.
“We will examine some of our iconic vertebrate fauna and explore current measures to protect our coastal koala population. A session describing frogs and frog ecology including a colourful static display will provide tips to help landholders create frog habitat.”
“This will also be a great workshop if you are interested in birds,” Mr Corke said.
“We will examine our amazing birdlife and steps landholders can take to enhance bird habitat. There will be a quiz to hone bird identification skills and participants are invited to bring their bird lists to help compile a consolidated species list. Also, representatives from Birdlife Northern Rivers will be available to discuss how landholders can become more actively involved in birdwatching.”
“Since feral animals have a devastating impact on native fauna, we will examine some of Council’s pest management strategies and measures to protect the Endangered Bush Stone Curlew from foxes will be used as a case study.”
“The workshop will be practical, lots of fun and a great networking opportunity. Participants will receive free posters and other material and various standard texts and other resources will be on hand,” Mr Corke said.
The free workshop will be held at the Autumn Club, 16 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, 25 June 2016. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Bookings are essential to Michael Corke on (02) 6670 2592 or email@example.com.
15 June 2016
New library and civic centre entrance officially opens
The attractive new entrance to the Murwillumbah branch of the Richmond-Tweed Library and Murwillumbah Council offices was officially opened today.
Members of St Joseph’s Primary School’s Garden Club released Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish into the revamped pond feature as part of the celebrations. The students learnt more about the much-loved pond’s native aquatic life through a talk from Council’s Environmental Scientist, Sally Cooper and also had a chance to check out the Seed Library collection.
The precinct was upgraded over the last few months to make the area safer, more attractive and functional. The upgrade addressed water damage to the building from the previous pond as well as community concerns about the safety of an open pond at the entrance to the library.
An additional outdoor library space has also been created, with extra seating and landscaping.
“It’s a place where library patrons or passersbys can enjoy reading, have lunch or use the free wifi in an outside setting,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.
“The area has received many compliments from library users and members of the public and is certainly being well patronised, which is great to see.
“It’s also fantastic that the pond has been enhanced and retained. We have our Councillors to thank for their insistence that the original designs be changed to incorporate the community’s love of the pond and its aquatic life.
“The pond is being restocked with local native species of fish. Signage has been installed to provide educational information about the species featured in the pond,” she said.
A fenced and shaded outdoor area, with access from inside the library, has been created on the northern side of the library building. It provides much needed additional space for library activities, seating and wifi access.
“Thank you to the Cancer Institute of NSW for the $25,000 for the shade sails over the outdoor area and thanks also to Member for Lismore, Thomas George, who assisted with securing this funding,” Ms Stinson said.
A new chute has been installed for out-of-hours returns of books and other borrowed library resources. The chute has been designed for better accessibility, particularly for people in wheelchairs.
10 June 2016
Council supports local organisations
Ten community groups will share in $13,750 in through the second round of funding for 2015/2016from Council’s Community Sponsorship Policy.
Recipients include Dragons Abreast Mt Warning, who encourage people to participate in health activities after treatment for cancer and need assistance with advertising and portable toilets for an event.
Team Koala will deliver workshops to four local schools to reduce koala mortality, while Tweed Palliative Support will be able to acquire a power adjustable hospital bed.
The Tumbulgum Community Association will use their funds to help construct a monument at Bluey Hill Park to recognise 150 years at Tweed Junction/Tumbulgum.
Here is the full list of recipients:
Beachside Communicare $2,000
10 June 2016
Hear about rugby league’s origins in the Tweed
It’s State of Origin season and rugby league fans and followers are eagerly anticipating game two on 22 June.
Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean said some might not be aware that the Tweed has a very rich rugby league history going back more than 100 years.
Past Secretary of Tweed District Rugby League for more than 20 years, Bill Carroll, will give a talk at the Museum in Murwillumbah on Wednesday 15 June about the game’s history.
“Bill’s talk in the lead up to Origin 2 is a great opportunity to learn more about the game’s history in the Tweed and a final chance to view our current display featuring Tweed Heads All Blacks blazer worn by Alex Itong,” she said.
“In early 1914 an historic meeting held at Murwillumbah resolved that rugby league - and not union - be played on the Tweed,” Ms Kean said.
“Apparently way back in 1914 Tweed clubs were not happy with the rules of union. According to reports at the time, the decision to change to league came as no surprise. It may or may not have been influenced by the fact that it was easier to find 13 players for a league team, rather than the 15 needed for union.”
“Two precious blazers which belonged to Alex Itong - who was associated with the local Kangaroos and Tweed All Blacks teams – are currently on display at the Museum, as part of our What’s New exhibition.”
The Tweed Heads All Blacks team was founded in 1930 when other local clubs excluded players of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. The All Blacks went on to build a reputation for exciting play, based on speed and agility. The 1930s team was considered the best club on the North Coast at the time. The All Blacks won the Anthony Shield in 1958 and became the Tweed competition Premiers in that season.
The Anthony Shield and the Ambulance Shield were two of a number of competitions involving Tweed teams.
“The passion and commitment for the game remains strong in the region, and no doubt gets an extra boost when we’re in the middle of an Origin series.”
Join Bill Carroll at the Tweed Regional Museum for the free talk at 6pm on Wednesday 15 June.
What’s New? a display featuring Alex Itong’s blazers closes on Friday 24 June.
10 June 2016
Free disposal at Stotts Creek for storm waste until 19 June
Tweed residents will be able to dispose of storm damaged goods and waste at no charge at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre from tomorrow until Sunday 19 June 2016.
The NSW Minister for the Environment, Mark Speakman, has advised Council that Tweed Shire is one of 34 storm-affected local government areas to be exempt from having to pay the Waste levy component of the waste charges, for waste disposed of at the Stotts Creek facility.
The Waste Levy currently makes up about 43 per cent of the mixed waste disposal charge and applies to all material that is disposed of at the Tweed landfill.
Council has decided to exempt Tweed Shire residents from having to pay any general waste charges on waste that has been generated as a direct result of the storms on the weekend of 4 and 5 June, for the period until19 June 2016.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gary Bagnall, welcomed the Minister’s announcement.
“This is good news for residents affected by last weekend’s rain who have storm-damaged waste they need to get rid of,” Councillor Bagnall said.
“I’d like to thank the local members, Geoff Provest and Thomas George, for their advocacy on behalf of the Tweed.
“Although there will be a cost to Council, this is something that can be absorbed during this time to assist the community, particularly those most affected by last weekend’s events,” he said.
The exemption will not apply to hazardous waste, is not retrospective and loads may be inspected on entry.
Residents wishing to drop off waste under this exemption will need to tell the weighbridge that the waste is storm damage, and will need to show proof of residency such as a licence.
There will be no kerbside collection of storm waste and residents will need to transport eligible waste themselves to the Stotts Creek facility.
The Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre is located on Leddays Creek Road, Stotts Creek, off Tweed Valley Way. The facility is open from 7am to 3.45pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3.45pm on weekends and public holidays. For directions visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WasteDepots
9 June 2016
Do you want to be a councillor?
Are you thinking about standing as a candidate in Tweed for the local government elections on Saturday 10 September?
All prospective councillors are invited to attend one of three candidate briefing sessions at the end
9 June 2016
Kingscliff Bridge closes 27 June for rebuild
Preliminary work will begin on the replacement of the Kingscliff Bridge over Cudgen Creek this week, with a full bridge closure in place from Monday 27 June until late December, 2016.
The project is expected to cost between $3 million and $4 million and is funded by Council's Bridge Replacement Program.
The replacement of the existing timber structure will reduce ongoing maintenance costs as the new concrete bridge will have a full 80-100 year life and will provide many benefits such as improved approaches for vehicles, wider lanes, a raised bridge deck (aligned to the pedestrian walkway), compliant traffic barriers and increased fish movement.
“With the ongoing maintenance issues and costs associated with the current timber structure, it is important to ensure we have the correct infrastructure in place now to avoid future problems,” Council’s Senior Engineer, Nigel Dobson, said.
“We understand there is an impact to commuters and residents for six months, but the long term gains are very beneficial to the area”.
With the bridge being closed at both Sutherland Street and Casuarina Way at Cudgen Creek from Monday 27 June, there will be changes in place for motorists and bus commuters over the project duration. However, the pedestrian bridge will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.
Traffic will be diverted via Turnock Street, Cudgen Road and Tweed Coast Road. The detour will add 11 minutes (8.5km) to a trip from Marine Parade to Casuarina Way, Salt Village. Key locations will have signage displayed clearly advising commuters of detours and access roads.
Surfside buses that travel this route will also follow the detour. The shopping centre at Casuarina Way will become a transfer point for a shuttle service that will see Surfside commuters continue their journey up to Point Break Circuit / Elliston Way, Kingscliff. This shuttle service will coordinate its timetable with the current bus service to provide minimal disruption to commuters. School bus services will see only minor changes to services. Surfside will provide notification to bus users and affected schools ahead of the changeover.
Tweed Shire Council is working with the Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce on a range of strategies to provide support to local businesses. These are designed to not only be part of the bridge project but will carry on throughout the Kingsclifff Foreshore Revitalisation project.
A ‘shop local’ campaign will alert the community that Kingscliff is still very much open for business.
Council will encourage locals, commuters and holiday makers to sign up to an sms/ email service that will advertise local business’ “bridge deal of the week”, as well as provide status updates to the bridge construction.
For more information on the bridge project, see the fact sheet at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/CommunityProjects
7 June 2016
Council welcomes funding for weekend’s flood
Council has welcomed today’s announcement that Council will be eligible for funding assistance to help with the costs of the weekend’s flood.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird announced disaster assistance has been activated for communities affected by NSW storms.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and is designed to help ease the financial burden that communities bear as a result of natural disasters.
Tweed is one of the 37 local government areas eligible for assistance.
“We welcome this announcement from the Prime Minister and the Premier that Tweed Shire Council will be able to access funding to assist with the costs of the clean up and restoring damaged assets, such as roads and culverts,” Council’s General Manager, Troy Green, said.
This saves ratepayers from having to foot the entire bill – which in the Tweed is expected to be around $500,000 - although there will be some costs that are not eligible under this program.
“It’s also great news that assistance with be available to affected and eligible homeowners, businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit groups in the Tweed.”
The assistance includes:
Assistance to help eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, and who meet an assets and income test
Assistance to help councils in the affected local government areas with the costs associated with cleaning up and restoring damaged public assets
Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations; freight subsidies for primary producers
Grants to not-for-profit organisations.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.
To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
Information on this disaster assistance is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.