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16 January 2017
Journalist and humanitarian named Australia Day Ambassador
Journalist and humanitarian named Australia Day Ambassador

An award-winning journalist, author, story-teller and humanitarian has been named as the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2017.

Iain Finlay has spent more than 50 years in the media as a reporter, producer, director and host of national and international radio and television programs and documentaries including ‘This Day Tonight’ and the ground-breaking science and technology series ‘Beyond 2000’.

A Tumbulgum resident for the past 15 years, Mr Finlay was an acclaimed foreign correspondent and has travelled and worked on every continent with a particular interest in South East Asia.

More recently, Mr Finlay and his wife Trish Clark have been central to humanitarian and education initiatives in Asia including building a primary school in a rural village in Laos with funds partly raised in the Tweed.

“Anyone who has travelled in Asia, Africa and South America and has seen poverty and the lack of opportunity there realises we have so much going for us in this country, and Australia Day is a chance to reflect on that,” Mr Finlay said.

“Donald Horne’s description of Australia as ‘the lucky country’ could not be more apt; for the most part we are truly amongst the most fortunate people in the world. However, for those Australians at the bottom of the barrel, in particular many in our own indigenous communities, the phrase still rings very hollow.

“Those of us who have a roof over our heads, a job and a bit of affluence and security, have an obligation to at least think about and perhaps do something for those people in our own country, and elsewhere, who are not as lucky as we are.

Mr Finlay will deliver the Australia Day address on 26 January at the Tweed Shire event to be held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads.

The Tweed will welcome 50 new citizens from 16 different countries, Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will also be presented including Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Australia Day events will also be held at Tyalgum, Crabbes Creek, Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Cabarita, and Pottsville.

Official proceedings at Twin Towns start at 11:00am (AEDT/NSW time) for further information please visit


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13 January 2017
Mobile library makes first of many visits to Tweed Heads
Mobile library at Tweed media release
The Richmond-Tweed Regional Mobile Library made its first stop in Tweed Heads on Monday, one of many fortnightly visits while the Tweed Heads Library undergoes a major transformation.
11 January 2017
Temporary closure of Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
Murwillumbah Museum closure media release
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is temporarily closed to the public this week as a safety precaution during repairs to the building’s air conditioning system.
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10 January 2017
Holidays workshops for super sculptures

Create your own superhero at two school holiday sculpture workshops at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre next week.


With The Phantom Art Show current on display at the Gallery, two superhero sculpture workshops for school-aged children will be held on Wednesday 18 January.


Participants will use supplied wire frames and art-quality plasticine to create a detailed figurative sculptures.


“They can make their own Phantom, Batman or Wonder Woman, a sculpture of their best friend of favourite movie character,” the Gallery’s Education and Audience Development Officer, Jodi Ferrari, said.


“Alternatively, they can design and make a brand new superhero.


“Bring along a photo or representative object to help spark some added creativity.”


Award-winning sculptor and arts educator Leonie Rhodes will teach traditional sculptural techniques, as well as some clever tricks for working with modern materials.


She will lead a morning session, from 10.30am to noon, for children aged six to 12, followed by a workshop at 1pm to 3.30pm for participants aged 13 and over.


“There will be an incredible array of colours available, so participants will be able to let their imaginations run wild,” Ms Ferrari said.


Bookings are essential by calling (02) 6670 2790 or completing an enrolment form at the Gallery.

It will cost $20 per participant for the morning workshop and $25 for the afternoon session. Visitors making two or more bookings will receive a discount of $5 per child per class.


For more information about Leonie and her work, visit





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10 January 2017
More options for recycling for Tweed residents

The new Tweed Community Recycling Centre (CRC) was officially opened today, allowing householders to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free.


North East Waste received a $70,250 grant to help Tweed Shire Council establish the new centre under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.


“Establishing this recycling facility will greatly assist Council and the NSW Government in their efforts to keep problem wastes out of landfill,” the State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said. “We want to encourage communities to recycle these problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”


Mr Provest said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.


“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has dedicated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the community recycling centre network under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative,” he said.


Karen Rudkin, CRC Project Officer for North East Waste (NEW) said “the Tweed CRC is part of a network of eight across the region, that NEW has secured funding for. In combination with our Hazardous Waste Stores they will provide residents of the region with a free, safe and environmentally sound way of disposing of their household problem wastes.”


Waste Less, Recycle More is a NSW Government initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.


Tweed Shire Council contributed $33,000 towards establishing the Community Recycling Centre, as well as the facility’s ongoing management. This is one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.


“The Waste Recovery Centre is looking much better and is so easy to use, with great opening hours until 3.45pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.


“Tweed residents can drop off household quantities – up to 20 litres or 20 kilograms - of paints, batteries, light bulbs, oils, smoke detectors, gas bottles and e-waste such as computers and TVs at the CRC for free. In addition, household chemicals including pesticides and herbicides can be dropped at the Hazardous Waste Store.”


Cr Milne encouraged community members to “visit the upgraded facility, do some shopping at the tip shop and, for people who are thinking of adding a new pet to their household, to visit the pound next door”.


The Tweed Community Recycling Centre is located at the Stotts Creeks Resource Recovery Centre at Leddays Road, Stotts Creek. It is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3.45pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 3.45pm.


The Tweed CRC accepts the following problem wastes for free:

  • water-based and oil-based paints

  • used motor oils and other oils

  • lead-acid and hand-held batteries

  • gas cylinders and fire extinguishers

  • conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps

  • smoke detectors


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5 January 2017
‘Living and Loving the Tweed’

‘Living and Loving the Tweed’ is the theme of Council’s Draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 which went on public exhibition this week for community comment.

The primary purpose of the plan is to document the community’s priorities for the next decade and to define Council’s related goals, strategies and targets.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said a comprehensive community engagement process over the 58 days of public exhibition will provide a variety of ways for people to learn more about this important Community Strategic Plan and provide further input.

“This plan aims to set out the community’s vision and Council’s commitment for the Tweed for the next 10 years,” she said.

“A lot of people are doing it tough and our environment is suffering too. The most effective strategies need to be identified so we can all flourish with our limited resources.

“We must urgently progress the opportunities of a better, fairer and more creative, clean, green future that is essential now more than ever with climate change. It's imperative we get our priorities right so our future communities benefit rather than be left more vulnerable.

“The draft plan has been shaped by thousands of initial contributions and conversations from the community; through our shire-wide survey and many community engagement events.

“It’s important the whole spectrum of the community is represented in this plan and particularly in this final public exhibition period, so please have your say,” she said.

A series of community engagement events will be held across the Tweed in January and February to take the discussion out into the community.

A final version of the Community Strategic Plan will be adopted in mid-2017, accompanied by a delivery program which outlines the projects to be undertaken to achieve the plan’s broader visions.

To view the Draft Community Strategic Plan and for information on making a submission please visit

For further background on the project, community engagement activities and the related ‘Tweed the Future is Ours’ initiative, please visit:


22 December 2016
Don’t fur-get to register your pet
With the holiday season in full swing, Council is calling on Tweed pet owners to check their registration details are up to date and to avoid a fine in the New Year by making sure dogs and cats are lifetime registered.
22 December 2016
Major upgrade to Tweed Heads Library gets underway next month
Tweed Heads Library Upgrade

A $2.5 million upgrade of Tweed Heads Library will begin next month to create a bigger, more versatile and user-friendly community facility.


The project will increase the library floor space from 619 square metres to 1054 square metres and will allow greater flexibility in how the building is used, including new areas to accommodate programs and user groups.

Last week, Council resolved to engage contractor J.M. Kelly Builders for the project, which is estimated to take eight months (to September 2017).


To complete the project as quickly and cost effectively as possible, the library will be temporarily closed during

Construction, Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.


However, a number of measures will be taken to ensure residents will still have access to much of the collection and services during this period. This includes an alternative reservations pick-up, return and collection browsing area within the civic centre building, along with a computer and newspaper reading area in the neighbouring Council Tweed Heads Administration Centre.


Home library services, an extended mobile library service and the provision of activities and children’s library materials from Council’s Community Centre (next to Tweed Heads South Aquatic Centre) at Tweed South are among other steps being implemented to bring continuity of services.


All three Tweed libraries will close on Christmas Eve at noon for their usual closure during the festive period.

While the Kingscliff and Murwillumbah libraries will reopen on Tuesday 3 January and will provide full services and collections during the Tweed Library upgrade, the Tweed Heads Library will remain closed until September 2017.

The alternative sites and services will become available from 16 January, once a transition of library collection and infrastructure from the closed building to the temporary sites is finished.


Ms Stinson said a staged approach to construction, to keep sections of the library building open during the project, was considered but would add too much to the cost and timeframe for construction, while raising issues about safety for staff and the public.


There will be some inconvenience for Tweed Heads library users with access to a reduced collection during the works, she said.


But Council and Richmond Tweed Regional Library staff are working together to ensure any disruptions are minimised and to make sure our users have various avenues to access the services and materials they require and value.


“A temporary closure is the best option while we create a library building that meets the needs of a growing Tweed community with increasingly sophisticated requirements from its local library.  The improvements also include a more user-friendly service desk and better Borrower Assisted Loan Stations, improved accessibility and a larger computer area with more PCs,” she said.


In addition, the upgraded building will be more energy efficient and provide a more comfortable environment for users.  For more information and updates about the upgrade, visit

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20 December 2016
Many attractions to make Gallery a holiday highlight
Gallery Christmas hours media release
New exhibitions, special children’s activities and plenty of masterstrokes for Christmas gift ideas will ensure Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is a popular place to visit during the festive period.
15 December 2016
Bringing community ideas to life in public art

Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from artists to bring community ideas to life in the form of gateway public artworks for Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.

Through a series of public engagement events this year, and the ‘Love Letters to your Town’ initiative, community members put forward hundreds of ideas for themes they wanted to see represented in art.

Now it’s the turn of the creatives. Expressions of Interest open today (15 December 2016). Iinterested artists are asked to submit designs that respond to themes in an artistic brief, developed from the community consultation.

The project is open to artists, arts collectives or public art design teams throughout Australia.

The proposed sites for the installation of public art are the Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street roundabout at Murwillumbah and Kingscliff’s freeway underpass on Wommin Bay Road.

“These are really important projects as the artworks are key gateways to our towns and will play a role in encouraging tourism and economic development ,” Council’s General Manager, Troy Green said.

“The strong responses to these projects show the community really values these artworks and cares about the stories they represent.

“The key themes from the community that came through for Kingscliff focused on representing coastal life and heritage while Murwillumbah’s ideas were about a vibrant art town and creative people.

“There were also strong environmental and indigenous heritage themes put forward for both locations.”

The Expression of Interest documentation and budgets for each of the two Public Art Projects is available from Council's eTender website at after completion of a short registration process. Submissions close at 4pm (NSW) 25 January 2017.

For more information please visit

Submissions will be assessed by Council’s Public Art Reference Group, in accordance with Council's Placemaking and Public Art Policy; shortlisted proposals will be put to a public vote before being endorsed by Council.                                                                                                         

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