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Last 10 Available Media Releases
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.


15 February 2018
Small business car park amnesty ends soon
Small business car park amnesty ends soon

 

Entrepreneurs considering establishing a business or expanding a business in Murwillumbah have just three months to take advantage of Council’s three car-parking space amnesty on their assessed car parking contribution.

 

Following the March 2017 flood, Council granted an amnesty on business development applications in the CBD for three car parking spaces to stimulate flood recovery and help the town get back on its feet.

 

The amnesty was capped at three car parking spaces to favour small business, which forms the economic backbone of Murwillumbah.

 

Under the amnesty, development applications lodged before 1 June 2018 do not have to provide up to three car parking spaces or make a financial contribution to Council in lieu of providing up to three car parking spaces.

 

Businesses wanting to set up in Prospero Street, South Murwillumbah, which is not subject to the payment of car-parking contributions, will not have to provide parking spaces for up to three vehicles.

 

The amnesty, which could amount to a saving of about $50,000, also applies to premises subject to a change of use.

 

Since the amnesty was announced, Council has received one development application which may achieve the concession.

 

A further 10 enquiries regarding the parking concession have been made.


14 February 2018
Council crackdown on short-term holiday lets
Council crackdown on short-term holiday lets

Council is pursuing legal action against an unapproved short-term holiday let at Casuarina as it deals with a spike in complaints about unauthorised operators in the shire.

 

To date this year, Council has begun investigating seven reported unauthorised short-term holiday let operations.

 

“Council compliance officers are obliged to thoroughly investigate all seven instances of potentially prohibited or unauthorised short-term holiday lets and, if those procedurally fair compliance investigations produce substantive evidence of unauthorised operations, Council may take legal action in the NSW Land and Environment Court,” Director Planning and Regulation Vince Connell said.

 

“Our compliance officers are reporting a widespread lack of knowledge among property owners on the current statutory planning restrictions on short-term holiday lets and the relevant approvals processes they need to follow.”

 

The Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014 precludes short-term holiday accommodation in specific residential zones including R1 - General Residential, R2 - Low Density Residential, R5 – Large Lot Residential, B1 – Neighbourhood Centre, B5 – Business Development, B7 – Business Park, and IN1 – General Industrial zone.

 

Short-term holiday lets require a Development Application (DA) approval in R3 – Medium Density Residential, B2 – Local Centre, B3 – Commercial Core, and B4 – Mixed Use zones.

 

“Council is committed to maintaining the principals of The Local Environmental Plan 2014 through Compliance enforcement action.

 

“Unapproved short-term holiday lets can adversely affect neighbourhood amenity through increased noise, traffic volumes and demand for infrastructure and reduced privacy. Thus the restrictions on short-term holiday lets in some zones reflect the needs of the broader community Council is compelled to represent.”

 

Property owners seeking to establish a short-term holiday let should first check on Council’s current planning controls by visiting Council’s website or its Administrative Centre at either Murwillumbah or Tweed Heads.

 

The New South Wales Government is yet to determine its broader policy position on short term holiday lets.

 

 

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14 February 2018
Remembering the Flood One Year On
Almost twelve months on from the largest flood to hit the Tweed Valley region in recorded history, Murwillumbah artist Rob Olver will exhibit his photographs documenting the flood and its aftermath at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre from 2 March to 20 May 2018.
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14 February 2018
Cudgera Creek Road motorists dicing with danger
Cudgera Creek Road motorists dicing with danger

Council this week issued a warning to motorists to stop moving the barriers on Cudgera Creek Road and traversing the very dangerous section closed to traffic since the March 2017 floods.

 

The section is unstable and could slip at any time.

 

Council has written to all residents on the road advising them that it is illegal to tamper with road signs and barriers and an offence to travel past a ‘road closed’ sign.

 

Someone continues to move the 2.5-tonne concrete barriers blocking the road, allowing vehicles to enter the very dangerous section.

 

“Motorists are unaware of the danger they are putting themselves, their passengers and other road users in,” Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney said.

 

“While it may appear that one lane is still trafficable, the concrete pipe under the road is fractured and in imminent danger of collapse. It also has been displaced and the road above has failed.

 

“If the road collapses under the weight of a vehicle, the person responsible for pushing the barriers out of the way could face serious criminal charges. But, the graver consequence would be the fate of the people in the vehicle.

 

“We cannot say this strongly enough. The closed section of road could slip at any time.”

 

Council’s insurers will not accept any claims arising from motorists travelling on this section of road. Further, most motorist’s insurance policies would also become void once a vehicle enters this closed section.

 

The concrete barriers were pushed out of the way again this week, and again replaced by Council.

 

“If the concrete barriers are moved again, we will excavate the section of road so vehicles cannot cross it,” Mr Mackney said. “But we do not want to take this action as it will cause further damage and add more time and cost to its repair.”

 

To repair this road slip requires significant geotechnical investigation and design work before construction can begin.  Also, the funding available through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements requires Council to use external contractors if it is going to recoup the costs of that repair, and this prolongs the time it takes to get repair crews on site.

 

Contractor offers to repair this section close today (Wednesday 14 February) and Council expects to award the contract at its March meeting. Then, it will take at least two months to do the geotechnical investigations and design before workers can get on to the road to fix it permanently. 

 

This repair is the priority in Bundle 6 of Council’s flood road repairs.

 

“So until then, please take the extra time and travel the long route as this section of road is extremely dangerous.”


12 February 2018
Council staff injured while picking up dumped toxic chemicals
Council staff injured while picking up dumped toxic chemicals
The worst possible consequences of illegal dumping were almost realised in a recent incident where three Tweed Shire Council employees were lucky to escape with minor injuries.
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