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Last 10 Available Media Releases
24 April 2017
Flood clean-up will not bring huge water bills
Flood clean-up will not bring huge water bills

Residents who used water to clean their properties after the floods should not fear getting a huge water bill.


“Our records of previous floods show that cleaning up after floodwaters recede does not result in a massive spike in residential water use or cost,” said Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham.


Following the floods of January 2008 in Tumbulgum, Council investigated the effect of flood clean-up on residential water bills and found only one in eight properties used more water than normal and that the excess use equated to 5000 litres and cost approximately $6.


An investigation was also carried out after the January 2013 flood with similar results.


“We fully expect a similar result from the floods of the past few weeks but invite any property owner who does receive an abnormally high bill to contact us and we will consider offering relief on its merits.


“To administer an across-the-board reduction in water bills following the floods would cost more than is saved by the community.


“The Fire Brigade, which assisted in washing down roads, footpaths and public areas, tapped into Council hydrants. But if there are instances where they used water from private property, please bring that to our attention,” said Mr Burnham.


Council has continued reading water meters throughout the recent emergency situation but had halted sending accounts. But, next week, the first of those post-flood accounts will be in the mail.

24 April 2017
Flood Recovery Update
Flood Recovery Update
As Council begins the recovery phase of the aftermath of the flood that followed Cyclone Debbie, Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne provides this overview of activities. All quotes should be contributed to the Mayor of Tweed.
21 April 2017
Changes to funding of emergency services

During the 2017 floods, the importance of emergency services was clear to see with Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service personnel providing critical assistance for thousands of Tweed residents.

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21 April 2017
Road damage bill $20m with 1200 repairs identified
Road damage bill $20m with 1200 repairs identified

Council has identified 1200 works items across the shire’s road network that need to be repaired or remediated following the flood of 1 April. The estimated damages bill to date is approaching $20 million.


Council is on track to have a temporary one-lane timber bridge across Byrrill Creek by mid May to replace the bridge washed away until a permanent bridge can be designed, funded and constructed.


Last week Council crews and contractors were working on priority landslips and washouts on roads including: Tyalgum Creek, Lone Pine, Rowlands Creek, Hopkins Creek, Urliup, Numinbah, Glencoe, Nobbys Creek and Kyogle roads and Tweed Valley Way.


By the end of the week they were expected to also have started work on bypassing the missing section of Manns Road; fixing the scours and table drains of Commissioners Creek Road; removing large tree debris from Byrrill Creek and Upper Burringbar roads to allow the rubbish truck access; removing silt from Tweed Valley Way and Kyogle Road; and, unblocking a causeway on Urliup Road.


Council is working to schedule a restart to the Blackspot Programme of realigning a section of Clothiers Creek Road and picking up the work it had started on Moolau Avenue, Tweed Heads, prior to the flood.

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21 April 2017
Living with ability - Museum project shares inspiring stories
Living with ability - Museum project shares inspiring stories

A new major exhibition at the Tweed Museum will share the moving and inspiring personal stories of eleven ‘ordinary’ people whose rich life experiences include living with disability.

The exhibition, Untold Stories: living with ability, is part of a larger project being undertaken by Tweed Regional Museum called Contemporary Voices, which captures diverse stories of people living in the Tweed.

Participants in Untold Stories have generously allowed the Museum to record and share their stories through audio, video and text, complimented by objects emblematic of their personal journeys.

The exhibition opened at the Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah in late March and continues until 24 June.

“It is no small thing to allow large parts of your life story to be recorded and used as the basis for a public exhibition,” Museum Director Judy Kean said.

“To do so in the community in which you live, so others can have a ‘window’ of understanding into experiences and issues they would otherwise be unaware of is especially generous.”

Tracy Barrell, Una Cowdroy, Jan Cronly, Suzy Hudson, Bev Larsson, Ally Page, Nicole Randolph, Tim Thomas, Anne-Gabrielle Thompson and Bill and Yvonne Trenear have each participated in an 18 month project which documents many aspects of their lives, including individual experiences of living with disability.

“One of the most striking aspects of the project for me, has been that while each person’s experience of disability is significant and sometimes life changing, it’s just one part of much bigger richer stories characterised by survival, adventure, academic and sporting achievement, love, advocacy, spirituality, generosity, tenacity, and much more,” Judy Kean said.

“The exhibition is inspiring and moving for many different reasons, and offers visitors different ways of appreciating these stories.”

Museum staff worked with Karen Collins, Council’s Community Development Officer, Aging and Disability and with members of Council’s Equal Access committee, and project participants on the project.

A program of activities during the exhibition includes: verbal imaging tours of the Untold Stories exhibition and the Museum for those with vision impairment; interactive story telling sessions for children by Bev Larsson in May and June, based on Bev’s book Along Came Henry; AUSLAN interpreted tours on Saturday 22 April and Saturday 20 May, and more.

The Museum will host the launch of the 2017 Access and Inclusion Awards in May.

Untold Stories: living with ability is supported by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

For more details about the exhibition and program of activities contact the Museum on (02) 66702493 or visit the website The Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah is open Tues to Sat 10am - 4pm, entry is free.

20 April 2017
Shire-wide flying-fox camp management plan preparation underway
Shire-wide flying-fox camp management plan preparation underway

Council has commenced preparation of a management plan for the sixteen active flying-fox camps in the Shire and is seeking input from interested members of the community.


Council’s Senior Program Leader – Biodiversity, Scott Hetherington said “The intent of the consultation is to listen to people who have information about flying-fox camps.  This will mean that we are best placed to develop management strategies for camps throughout the Shire”.


As flying-foxes are known to establish camps in close proximity to urban areas, the plan will identify management strategies to reduce impacts from the camps on residents, whilst ensuring that flying-foxes and their habitat are conserved.


“Flying-foxes are unique animals and play a critical role in the health of forests in the Tweed.  As nocturnal foragers that can cover 30km a night, they are essential for the pollination and health of native forests,” Mr Hetherington said.


The NSW State Government has provided financial support for preparation of the plan through the Flying-foxes Grants Program.  Ecological consultants, Ecosure have been appointed to prepare the plan and have extensive experience in the development of plans for local governments throughout the east coast of Australia.


Through developing and implementing flying-fox plans, Ecosure have guided the management of more than 100 camps to minimise impacts on the community, whilst also ensuring conservation of these critical native species.  Ecosure’s expertise was recognised by the Federal Government with an invitation to present at the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Management of Flying-foxes in the Eastern States of Australia.


All camps will be assessed and management strategies developed to address any identified risks. Analysis will also be completed to identify potential camp habitat in low risk locations.  The plan will also be prepared in accordance with the NSW Camp Management Policy, which will enable more efficient response to situations where there are impacts to residents from flying-fox camps.


Anyone wishing to provide input to the plan can make an appointment with Ecosure for one of the sessions detailed below.  Appointments are 45 minutes and bookings can be made by contacting Ecosure at 07 5508 2046 or clicking on the links below. Bookings are essential.


Monday 8 May 2017, Kingscliff Community Hall from 2.00pm.


Wednesday 10 May 2017, Uki Hall from 2.00pm.

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20 April 2017
Temporary traffic lights to manage flow through slip area
Temporary traffic lights to manage flow through slip area

Temporary traffic lights have been placed on a section of Clothiers Creek Road reduced to one lane by a landslip in the 1 April flood.


The section, between Farrants Road and Norths Lane, also has been placed under a 4.5-tonne vehicle weight limit after a geotechnical assessment indicated that heavy vehicle usage through the slip area should be limited to essential services.  School buses and garbage trucks will be exempt from the weight limit.


Council will install more signage on the section over coming weeks to further advise of the weight limit.


Heavy vehicle operators are advised to use alternate routes between Bogangar and Nunderi, avoiding Clothiers Creek Road.


The temporary traffic lights will remain in place until rehabilitation works on the section can be undertaken. While these works will be prioritised, as yet no start date has been set.

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19 April 2017
State honour for Council’s approach to community engagement
State honour for Council’s approach to community engagement

Tweed Shire Council’s organisation-wide approach to community engagement has been honoured with a major state award.


Council’s Community Engagement Network was named the winner of the ‘Excellence in Innovative Leadership and Management’ category at the NSW Local Government Professionals state awards in Sydney recently.


The Community Engagement Network or CEN is a group of more than 20 Council employees, from across office and field-based roles, who take part in a range of community engagement activities and aim to build relationships between Council and local residents. 


Council’s Director of Corporate Services, Liz Collyer said the award is an acknowledgement of the efforts of all the CEN team members.


“The Community Engagement Network represents a real shift in the way we seek input from Tweed residents about Council projects,” she said.


“Over the past 18 months, our CEN members have been out and about at public events, markets and shopping centres and have had hundreds of conversations with community members on Council projects and initiatives.


“The best feedback we receive is that Council cares about what the community has to say and we are there to listen and have genuine conversations about how and why we do things, and what the community wants from its Council.”


The Local Government Professionals award recognises innovative projects and the use of superior management and leadership skills to achieve outstanding benefits for the organisation and the community.


Tweed Shire Council will now represent NSW at the National Local Government Professionals awards to be held in Hobart in late May.

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18 April 2017
Creative Workshops for Kids
Creative Workshops for Kids

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

If the chocolate buzz has died down and the kids need something new to distract them, check out these great workshops at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah.


On Thursday 20 April join in a space themed LEGO®workshop with BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Currumbin. Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™ the workshop uses LEGO® bricks and models to teach about real-life space exploration.  Children will build models related to the NASA space program LEGO® Star Wars™ themed models.  Kids can come for a half day, 9am-12pm or 12.30pm-3.30pm, for $45 or the full day, 9.00am-3.30pm for $79.  Children attending for the full day take home a B4K pencil case or high bounce ball.  For further information and bookings visit the website School Holiday Programs.


On Friday 21 April children aged 9 to 12 years can join artist, Sharon Muir, to explore “Fantastical” Bugs.  Using opaque watercolour (gouache), participants will create their own fantasy bugs inspired by the natural world.  The class will experiment with different ways of applying the paint to the paper and learn a variety of interesting techniques to mimic the markings and textures of bugs.  Choose from a morning or afternoon class for $34 per class (or only $29 per child if booking two or more children).  Class times are 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm.


If you are visiting the Gallery, check out the free drop in activities for families in the foyer and in the Margaret Olley Art Centre.  Take inspiration from Slipstitch, an exhibition of contemporary embroidery, and use your pencil as a thread to draw stitches to make a picture that looks like sewing.  Copy the fancy stitches or create your own design.  Draw your favourite artwork in a gilded frame or pick up a copy of the MOAC Kid’s Guide and learn about Margaret Olley while completing the suggested activities.  Down in the Margaret Olley Art Centre, listen to a symphony on headphones while you create a digital artwork on the iPads.


Tweed Regional Gallery is located at 2 Mistral Road, South Murwillumbah and is open, Wednesdays – Sundays from 10.00am - 5.00pm and admission to the Gallery is free.

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18 April 2017
Artist David Fairbairn is drawn to print
Artist David Fairbairn is drawn to print

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present the exhibition David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print from Friday 21 April to Sunday 18 June 2017.  This dynamic exhibition of drawings and prints, by the renowned Australian portraitist David Fairbairn, showcases drawings from the period 2010 – 2016 and etchings of the same sitters created from 2015 – 2017.


Although Fairbairn is well known for his large, colourful mixed media drawings, in 2015 he made the decision to work almost exclusively on large scale etchings.


Fairbairn says, “It is important to me that these new etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing.  Now working predominantly in black and white, without the added complexities of colour, I am able to reinforce the formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”

Informed by the traditional processes of portraiture, Fairbairn works directly from a model in his studio, often for up to 16 months at a time.  The decision to work directly with a sitter is fundamental to his art making practice; the ritual of sharing the studio with his sitters is a direct catalyst for the highly dynamic and visceral works that result.


He says, “My portraits represent the transience of life itself… the passing of time both in life and in the studio.  Each work represents a period of time that has passed during the sitting; you cannot capture that in a photograph.”


Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman says, “I am certain that this display will enthral gallery visitors.  The dynamic scale, expressive line and individual detail in Fairbairn’s drawn and printed portraits, is a spectacular example of the power of portraiture.”


David Fairbairn has received many awards and prizes including the Dobell Drawing Prize from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1999, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2002, and more recently the Mosman Art Prize in 2012.  He has held over 30 solo shows since 1981, and is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Fairbairn has been a finalist in both the Archibald Prize and Dobell Drawing Prize on many occasions.  David Fairbairn is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney and Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.


All are warmly invited to attend the exhibition opening celebrations on Friday 21 April 2017At 5.15pm David Fairbairn will present an Exhibition Preview floor talk, followed by refreshments.

At 6.00pm (for 6.30pm) the artist will deliver an opening address.


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