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22 May 2018
Danny makes finals for Flood Risk Manager of the Year
Danny makes finals for Flood Risk Manager of the Year

Council Manager Roads and Stormwater Danny Rose has been named a finalist in the Flood Risk Manager of the Year 2018.

 

Mr Rose was nominated for the award for his past 10 year’s work in preparing both Council and the Tweed community for the challenges of flood events across the five geographically different catchments of the shire.

 

“Danny’s work in leading the development of flood studies and floodplain risk management plans stood both Council and the community in good stead ahead of the March 2017 flood and our recovery effort afterward,” General Manager Troy Green said.

 

“Through Danny’s work with various government agencies and organisations, his leadership in flood recovery, flood mitigation and community resilience projects and his implementation of sensible floodplain development in a high-growth area, Council was in a position immediately after the flood to receive seven new flood grants for improved flood gauging, additional studies and voluntary house purchase and raising schemes.”

 

Danny will now lead that work, which will build further understanding of flood behaviours and greater community resilience.

 

“Council is very proud of Danny’s work as he has put us in the enviable position of being chosen to pilot numerous innovative floodplain management projects, including a State-first industrial land swap deal, trials of new flood mitigation asset guidelines, ongoing negotiations around natural disaster funding, new case studies for flood insurance, studies into community response and awareness in flood-impacted suburbs and caravan parks and exploration of challenging town planning concepts involving shelter-in-place alternatives to evacuation.”

 

Danny also serves the community as the Technical Director of Floodplain Management Australia and passes his expertise on to the next generation of flood professionals by teaching short courses at the University of Technology in Sydney.

 

In accepting his place as a finalist, Danny points out that the individual recognition would not be possible without the team effort of Roads and Stormwater and the support of Council as a whole for the work it does.


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22 May 2018
Council urges ‘keep your cool at roadworks’
Council urges ‘keep your cool at roadworks’

Council is again appealing to motorists to keep their cool if they are delayed at roadworks following the third reported incident of motorist aggression and assault of Tweed roadworkers this year.

 

The latest incident, in which a driver drove at and hit a traffic controller on Morton Street, Chinderah, on Monday 11 May, has been reported to police along with the vehicle’s registration number.

 

Last month, a vehicle drove at and nudged a traffic controller working on the Blackspot Program on Kyogle Road. And, in March, a motorist stopped and verbally abused a traffic controller on the Blackspot Program on Tweed Valley Way behind Tumbulgum Village.

 

Council has details of the vehicle involved in the Kyogle Road incident and photographic evidence of the Tweed Valley Way incident, together with a report from the motorist following the abusive driver.  These are also being followed up with police.

 

At a meeting of Northern NSW councils in Grafton last week, the Roads & Maritime Authority reported an escalation in road rage incidents against roadworkers.

 

“In the Tweed there are a lot of roadworks happening at the moment so it should not be a surprise to any motorist that you might encounter a stop / slow flagman and a short delay wherever you are travelling,” General Manager Troy Green said.

 

“We work to keep any delay to less than five minutes but, on major construction or repair jobs, this is not always possible. Still, there is no excuse for abuse.”

 

In August last year, a 43-year-old man from Terragon was fined $500 and placed on a 12-month good-behaviour bond after pleading guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a roadworker was injured on Tyalgum Road, Eungella, in November 2016.

 

“Any motorist who assaults a roadworker can expect to be charged and prosecuted because it’s simply not on. Traffic controllers are out there doing their jobs keeping road users safe. They deserve to go home to their families at the end of their shifts just like every other worker.”

 

 

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19 May 2018
All Councillors join reference group for hospital project
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All seven Tweed Shire Councillors will be part of a Tweed Shire Council Reference Group for the Tweed Valley Hospital Development, following a decision at Thursday night’s Council meeting.

 

Council had been asked by NSW Health Infrastructure – which is coordinating the development of a $534 million new referral hospital – to nominate Councillor membership of the group. The group will be briefed on the consultation process submissions and provide feedback on governance of the project.

 

In addition to this process, Council also resolved to call for expressions of interest from community members to form a Council Community Reference Group with Councillors. The aim of the Council Community Reference Group is to explore alternative sites other than that currently nominated at Cudgen. Nominations are now open and close on Friday 8 June 2018*.

 

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said it was pleasing to note that the State Government had taken action on Council’s request for better consultation and had given the community until Thursday 14 June 2018 to provide feedback on the proposed site and nominate alternative sites for consideration.

 

“In a further positive step in this process, a Tweed Shire Council Reference Group is also being established which is proposed to have representation from councillors, appropriate nominated staff (as non-voting technical advisers), and members of the Tweed Valley Hospital Integrated Project Team,” Cr Milne said.

 

“However, in light of the State Government’s decision to form a Council Reference Group that does not include community members and consistent with the former resolution of Council, expressions of interest are called for community members to form a Council Community Reference Group with Councillors.

 

“With technical advice from Council staff, Council’s Community Reference Group will assist Councillors in their deliberations on the site selection of the Tweed Valley Hospital in exploring alternative sites than that currently nominated at Cudgen.”

 

Membership of Council’s Community Reference Group will be decided at the Council Meeting on 21 June 2018.

 

Meanwhile, the NSW Government is inviting the community to provide feedback on the proposed site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital and nominate any alternative sites for consideration.

 

Site feedback / alternative site nomination forms are available on the Tweed Valley Hospital project website http://www.tweedvalleyhospital.health.nsw.gov.au or in hard copy at The Tweed Hospital reception and Murwillumbah District Hospital receptions.

 

*To nominate for Council’s Community Reference Group, please write to: Hospital Community Reference Group, c/o The General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484 or email TSC@tweed.nsw.gov.au, using Hospital Community Reference Group as the subject line and confirming your interest in finding an alternative site. Nominations will be received until close of business on Friday 8 June 2018.

 


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17 May 2018
Future proof your farm
Future proof your farm
Farmers and other rural landholders are invited to a free workshop about climate change adaptation and the latest renewable and energy efficiency solutions for landholders.
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16 May 2018
Museum collaborates with local artists for MAT18
Museum collaborates with local artists for MAT18
Works by two local artists which examine the relationship between the community and last year’s flood will be on exhibition at the Tweed Regional Museum as part of the 2018 Murwillumbah Art Trail, MAT18.
11 May 2018
Draft roads strategy open for comment
Draft roads strategy open for comment

Council has begun talking with the community about its draft Tweed Roads Development Strategy, which recommends upgrades to 51 shire roads.

 

Council will hold a drop-in session on Tuesday 22 May from 4.15pm to 6pm at the Canvas and Kettle Meeting Room, Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre, Murwillumbah, to assist the community to understand this important document and make informed comment while it is on public exhibition.

 

All community members are invited to attend the drop-in session, including developers, who help shape the patterns of the Tweed’s growth as this strategy will become a key input in their business planning.

 

The draft Tweed Roads Development Strategy reviews the Tweed’s road requirements until 2041. Once it is adopted by Council, it will form the basis for updating the s94 Tweed Roads Contribution Plan, which will fund or partly fund the identified road upgrades required.

 

Bitzios Consulting developed the draft strategy using the latest population and employment demographics for the Tweed, aligning it with the neighbouring Gold Coast 2041 Strategy.

 

“The draft strategy proposes a range of upgrades to existing roads and intersections, as well as new links through urban release areas,” Manager Roads and Stormwater Danny Rose said.

 

“It is a significant piece of work and, when adopted, will improve the efficiency of traffic flows within the shire and to connecting shires.

 

“The updated traffic model developed by the consultants will allow Council to test further road options down the track, as priorities change, such as new developments and the proposed Tweed Valley Hospital.

 

“For example, when Council was upgrading Cudgen Creek Bridge at Kingscliff community members suggested a new road link between Salt Village and Cudgen Road. Using the updated traffic model we can see how this link might improve traffic flows. Then we can weigh those benefits against the costs, which in this case were very high as there is no road reserve through the agricultural land and it would need to cross a creek through environmentally sensitive land. So, that proposal is not recommended by the strategy.”

 

Council’s drop-in session will help members of the community understand the strategy, including the methodology used and the recommended road upgrades. Anyone can attend to speak with Bitzios Consulting’s Andrew Eke, Mr Rose and Council Traffic Engineer Ray Clark.

 

The draft strategy can be viewed at Reception at both the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads Administration Centres, at both the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads libraries or online at http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/OnExhibition.


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10 May 2018
All that glitters…
All that glitters...
An extraordinary collection of minerals and gems assembled over a lifetime will provide an ongoing educational legacy for Tweed residents and visitors. 
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10 May 2018
Border Art Prize set to showcase regional talent
Border Art Prize set to showcase regional talent
All entries for this year’s Border Art Prize will be on display to the public thanks to a collaboration between the Tweed Regional Gallery and the M|Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah.
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10 May 2018
Three Wildlife Protection Areas proposed for Pottsville
Three Wildlife Protection Areas proposed for Pottsville
Council is seeking comment from the community for a proposal to establish three Wildlife Protection Areas in and around Pottsville.
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7 May 2018
Applications now open for Artist in Residence Studio program
Applications now open for Artist in Residence Studio program
Applications are now open for the Tweed Regional Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio program for 2019.
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