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Last 10 Available Media Releases
23 February 2018
Koala survey aimed at helping North Coast conservation efforts
Koala survey aimed at helping North Coast conservation efforts
Tweed residents are being asked to participate in a new online survey which will provide valuable information about some of Australia’s most significant and vulnerable koala populations.
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23 February 2018
Work set to commence on Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp
Work set to commence on Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp
Council is preparing to undertake works at the Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp over the next three weeks.
23 February 2018
Work set to commence on Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp
Work set to commence on Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp
Council is preparing to undertake works at the Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp over the next three weeks.
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22 February 2018
Join us in tackling mozzies together – and you might win an ipad
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How many mozzies could be breeding in your backyard, courtyard or balcony?
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21 February 2018
Major new exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery for 2018
Major new exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery for 2018
All are welcome to attend the opening celebrations of three exciting new exhibitions opening concurrently at Tweed Regional Gallery on Friday 2 March 2018 at 6pm: Abstraction: celebrating Australian women artists, Nicola Hooper: Zoonoses, and Rob Olver: Of Rivers and Floods.
19 February 2018
Clothiers Creek Road slip repair contract awarded
Clothiers Creek Road slip repair contract awarded

Council last week awarded the first bundle of major-sized flood repair road packages and the last of the minor to medium-sized repair packages to two contractors for the price of about $1.9 million.

 

Australian Marine and Civil Pty Ltd has been contracted to undertake Design and Construction of repairs at major slips on Clothiers Creek Road, Nunderi; two sites on Kyogle Road, Kunghur; two sites on Urliup Road, Urliup; and, on Numinbah Road, Numinbah.

 

All works require slope stabilisation repairs using soil nail or other anchor technology and have been grouped based on type of work to maximise gearing-up efficiencies.

 

Works will also include repairs to items damaged at the same site, such as guardrails, road surfaces and stormwater drainage. 

 

Clothiers Creek Road is the priority site for this bundle but detailed design work will take about two months before on-the-ground repairs can start.  So far, geotechnical investigations have been completed, options analysed, concepts prepared and Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) funds secured.

 

Meanwhile, the fourth and final contract for minor to medium-sized repairs was awarded to Coastal Works.

 

This package of work has been mostly bundled according to location to maximise travel efficiencies. This package comprises repairs on 26 roads in Back Creek, Mebbin, Mount Burrell, Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon, Burringbar, Brays Creek, Kunghur Creek, Fernside, Tyalgum, Limpinwood, Rowlands Creek, Uki, Numinbah, Cudgera Creek and Upper Crystal Creek. It contains more than 65 damage items and is worth about $1.13 million.

 

Coastal Works is expected to mobilise within weeks to begin repairs.

 

More major road repair contracts are expected to be awarded at the March Council meeting, including Cudgera Creek Road, Cudgera.

 

Meanwhile, work to permanently repair the catastrophic failure of Tweed Valley Way at Blacks Drain, South Murwillumbah, is nearing completion.

 

The contractor, Skeen Constructions Pty Ltd, has advised Council to expect that the road will reopen by the end of next week. Then, the temporary sidetrack and traffic lights will be removed. Ancillary works will continue to the end of March.

 

The March flood caused approximately $28.9 million of damage to roads and bridges. To date, more than 1100 minor road and bridge damage items have been repaired.

 

To recover road damage costs under NDRRA and grant funding, Council cannot use its own workforce but must engage third-party contractors.


19 February 2018
Council improves wastewater treatment controls
Council improves wastewater treatment controls

The NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a penalty infringement notice to Tweed Shire Council for an alleged failure by the Council to comply with the conditions of its environmental protection licence (EPL) that relates to the Council’s operation of the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

 

Council holds an EPL that allows the release of treated wastewater into Terranora Creek.  Due to infrastructure control issues, partially treated wastewater that exceeded limits prescribed by Council’s EPL was discharged to the waterway between 5 – 8 November 2017.

 

As soon as our staff became aware of this issue, they worked immediately to limit the release of effluent and implemented an emergency response. The Council also undertook significant operational works to ensure that all subsequent effluent released was compliant with licence requirements,” Director Engineering David Oxenham said.

 

Subsequent to the event, Council has undertaken an incident cause analysis and has implemented key findings to reduce the risks of a similar event in the future.  

 

“We have made improvements to our mechanical and electrical controls at the site as well as delivered additional training to operational staff.”

 

Council operates eight wastewater treatment plants across the shire, treating approximately 7800 million litres of wastewater each year.   

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16 February 2018
Kingscliff foreshore park named for fallen Digger
Kingscliff foreshore park named for fallen Digger
The new central foreshore park in Kingscliff has been named in honour of a former local surf life saver who lost his life serving in Afghanistan.
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16 February 2018
National Gallery Tour of abstract women artists comes to Gallery
National Gallery Tour of abstract women artists comes to Gallery
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is delighted to present the national touring group exhibition Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists which opens 2 March.
16 February 2018
Tweed Valley Rail Trail on track
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Tweed Shire Council has resolved to accept the offer of $6.5 million in Federal grant funding to construct the 24-kilometre long Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the rail trail project, with a number of safeguards put in place to ensure the rail corridor remains.


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