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Last 10 Available Media Releases
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17 October 2017
Museum upgrade offers history with conviction
Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads official reopening media release
A unique and valuable piece of Tweed Heads history was officially reopened with a ceremony at Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads on Sunday.
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17 October 2017
Rosie's life lines reel in Olive Cotton people's choice prize
Olive Cotton People's Choice media release
Michael Cook’s close-up portrait Memories has been voted the public’s favourite in the Olive Cotton Award People’s Choice Award, with visitors describing it as a “profound” and “powerful” image.
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17 October 2017
Public invited to Priscilla screening to show support for ‘yes’ vote
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Council will hold a special screening of Australian hit film ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ in Murwillumbah next Friday, to show support for the ‘yes’ vote for changes to the Marriage Act.

 

The special screening of ‘Priscilla’ will be at Murwillumbah’s Regent Cinema on Friday 27 October at 6.30pm for 7pm. Entry is by donation, with funds going to youth mental health service, Headspace.

 

At its meeting on 21 September, Council resolved:

 

That:

1. Confirms support to amend the Marriage Act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community.

2. Erects a rainbow flag or banner outside the Tweed and Murwillumbah Council chambers for the duration of the Postal Survey.

3. Promotes Council's position of support through forums such as media and social media and holds at least one Councillor led public function to promote the 'Yes' vote.

 

A subsequent motion to rescind the decision was lost.

 

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said all levels of government, business and the community had a role to play when it came to human rights.

 

“The same sex community really needs our help so it's vital that you get your vote in by 7 November,” Councillor Milne said.

 

“As the Mayor I care deeply about our diverse community so I am so pleased we have been able to support this very important cause.

 

“Some people have questioned whether Council should have made a stand on this issue, but the most important thing to me is who is hurting the most from this situation and  to show compassion to those who are suffering.

 

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Reece Byrnes said the placement of the banner was an important symbol

along the path to equality before the law, for all people in our Shire.

 

“It is especially important for LGBTQIA residents of our shire and their families,” Councillor Byrnes said.

 

As an organisation I believe it was important we stand with our LGBTQIA brothers and sisters, not only in the community but also with the many who work within our Council.”

 


17 October 2017
Mosquito warning across the Tweed
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Council is calling on residents to do their bit to reduce mosquito breeding habitat around their homes, as the recent tide and rainfall events across the Tweed Shire have created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding.  
17 October 2017
Mosquito warning across the Tweed
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Council is calling on residents to do their bit to reduce mosquito breeding habitat around their homes, as the recent tide and rainfall events across the Tweed Shire have created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding.  
13 October 2017
New signage and inspections to tackle unauthorised camping
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Tweed Shire Council is erecting new signage along Chinderah Bay Drive at Chinderah and is about to commence a new program of compliance and enforcement to address unauthorised camping and related anti-social activity.

 

The move follows a recent resolution of Council for new signage to provide Council with a clearer and more legally defensible basis for restricting overnight stays by tourists in vehicles along the road reserve and public foreshore area.

 

Council’s Acting General Manager, Vince Connell, said Council rangers would carry out random inspections and fine anyone found to be in contravention of the new signage.

 

“However, we are very mindful that a number of people choosing to stay overnight are genuinely homeless, and in need of support and assistance,” Mr Connell said.

 

Some Councillors, Council staff and the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest have met on a number of occasions with John Lee of You Have a Friend to develop strategies to assist genuine homeless people frequenting both the Chinderah Bay Drive and other public areas to find more permanent accommodation and access to state and federal services.

 

“Council has developed a data base of genuine homeless people in consultation with John Lee and State agencies.

 

“This data base will be used to guide Council rangers in their enforcement of the new signage. It is proposed to give these people a reasonable opportunity to find a more permanent form of housing through the assistance of the welfare agencies. They will be advised that they cannot stay at Chinderah on a permanent basis.”

 

“With the guidance from Mr Lee, and continuing liaison between Council’s rangers, local police and state agencies, Council’s new compliance and enforcement actions aim to protect the wellbeing of the genuine homeless, while also enabling Council to take stricter action and fine those other visitors to the Chinderah Bay Drive area for any non-compliance with the new signage,” he said.


10 October 2017
Council awards first package of flood damage work
Council awards first package of flood damage work

Council has awarded a large package of flood remediation works to contractor G & R Brown & Sons Pty Ltd in the first release of minor to medium-sized jobs to restore roads and bridges damaged in the 31 March flood.

 

It is anticipated that three more packages will be released to a preferred panel of six contracting companies for quoting and be awarded over the next three to four months. It could then take between six and nine months for the contractors to complete works, weather and site conditions permitting.

 

These packages of work have been bundled in geographic areas to minimise travel times between jobs and maximise on-the-ground efficiencies. The first package centres on Carool, Crystal Creek and Upper Crystal Creek, Bilambil, Dulguigan, Dungay, Duroby and Upper Duroby, Glengarrie, Nobbys Creek, Tomewin, Tumbulgum and North Tumbulgum.  It contains more than 100 damage items and is worth about $1.5 million.

 

Meanwhile, more than 50 major reconstruction jobs are in various stages of investigation and design. Council is engaging extra contractor resources to get these jobs shovel-ready. Still, these jobs, which account for the bulk of the repair bill at about $16 million, are not expected to start before the end of the year and will take more than two years to complete.

 

“While it has taken six months to get to this point with a preferred contractor panel in place and work bundled into packages, residents should see a lot more activity shortly and the speed of road and bridge repairs will ramp up,” Coordinator Flood Restoration Nigel Dobson said.

 

At this stage, Council estimates the flood caused approximately $27 million of damage to roads and bridges. To date, 900 minor road and bridge damage items have been repaired at a cost of $5.2 million.

 

Under current estimates, Council expects to recover $18.3 million of its roads bill through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance (NDRRA) and grant funding, leaving a possible shortfall of $8.7 million to be funded from Council’s future operating and capital budgets. These figures may change as we firm up damage estimates, work to maximise funding opportunities and when NDRRA assessments are completed.

 

“The Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Program has granted $2.17 million in funds (50%) towards the replacement of Byrrill Creek Bridge and Council is negotiating with Roads and Maritime Services as to whether disaster relief funding can be used for some of the remaining budget shortfall to get that project happening.”

 

NDRRA has strict funding rules, including that costs are recoverable only where Council uses contractor resources. That is, Council cannot use its own workforce to repair flood damage.


10 October 2017
Council welcomes state government safety improvements
Council welcomes state government safety improvements

Council has welcomed State Government funding for two safety improvement projects at Tweed Heads.

 

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey visited the Tweed on Friday to announce funding of $20,000 to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Minjungbal Drive and Blundell Boulevard near Tweed City Shopping Centre.

 

A ‘timed red arrow protection’ will be installed at the intersection to hold traffic turning on to Minjungbal Drive when pedestrians are on the crossing.

 

The funding request was sponsored by Member for Tweed Geoff Provest after Mrs Patricia O’Neill wrote to him expressing the concerns of elderly residents unable to cross quickly and of their anxiety when caught on the crossing after the lights had changed or when turning traffic was approaching.

 

“We welcome this funding because this is one of the busiest intersections in the Tweed and it can be an anxious crossing for our elderly,” said Director Engineering David Oxenham.

 

Council also welcomed Minister Pavey’s announcement of $54,000 to install two web cameras to watch boaties cross the bars at the Tweed River Estuary and at Cudgen Creek.

 

The web cameras will give Marine Rescue NSW volunteers at the Point Danger tower extended visibility of boaties as they cross the bars at Tweed Heads and Kingscliff.

 

Boaties will be able to access the live footage online to assess conditions before they head out on the water.

 

Both projects are expected to be completed before the end of the year.


10 October 2017
Information sessions seek biodiversity and flying-fox feedback
Information sessions seek biodiversity and flying-fox feedback

 

Community feedback is invited on the management of flying-fox camps and biodiversity protection from large-scale development, with two Council documents now on public exhibition.

 

Community information sessions for the draft Shire-wide Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan and the Draft Biodiversity Development Control Plan will be held throughout the Tweed during the next fortnight:

  • Saturday 14 October 8am to noon – Kingscliff Markets, Jack Bayliss Park, Marine Parade

  • Tuesday 17 October 2pm to 4pm – Canvas & Kettle Room, Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre

  • Wednesday 18 October 5.30pm to 7.30pm – South Sea Islander Room, Tweed Heads Council Administration Building 

“Members of the public are invited to drop in any time during these sessions to ask questions and provide their feedback,” Council’s Senior Program Leader – Biodiversity, Scott Hetherington, said.

 

The Shire-wide Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan, on exhibition until 28 October, will guide efficient and timely responses to manage community impacts from flying-fox camps.

 

“It will also improve transparency, certainty and availability of information for the community, including residents affected by flying-fox camps,” Mr Hetherington said.

 

“The plan provides a framework to reduce potential conflict between humans and flying-foxes, while helping to conserve the flying-foxes and their habitat.”

 

Further information is available from Council’s Senior Program Leader – Biodiversity, Scott Hetherington - (02) 6670 2561 or shetherington@tweed.nsw.gov.au

 

The Biodiversity Development Control Plan, being exhibited until 1 December, aims to ensure the planning and design of new larger-scale development helps to protect native vegetation and habitats for species in Tweed Shire.

 

“The draft plan applies to primarily to larger developments and establishes particular objectives and development controls for habitat such as bushland, wetlands, waterways and significant flora and fauna species,” the Senior Program Leader – Biodiversity Policy, Mark Kingston, said.

 

Further information is available from Council’s Senior Program Leader – Biodiversity Policy, Mark Kingston - (02) 6670 2593 or mkingston@tweed.nsw.gov.au


9 October 2017
School zones news flash: Heftier fines apply
School zones news flash: Heftier fines apply

Motorists are reminded that school goes back today and 40km/h speed limits apply in all school zones from 8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm on school days.

 

Parents and carers dropping children off and picking them up are asked to follow the parking rules in school zones to ensure the safety of their children and others.

 

“Always park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres, such as u-turns and three-point turns,” said Council Road Safety Officer Alana Brooks.

 

“The rules are in place to ensure the safety of children who are vulnerable road users because they are small and harder to see and can behave unpredictably on the road,” said Ms Brooks.

 

“Driving slowly in school zones allows motorists extra time to respond if a child does run out on to the road.”

 

Drivers may not be aware that tougher penalties apply for parking and speeding offences within a school zone.

 

A speeding ticket for travelling 12km/h over the limit (that is, 52km/h) will cost you $346 and up to five demerit points and a parking ticket will cost you $330 and two demerit points.

 

 

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