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28 April 2017
Fuel thieves strike low blow to recovery efforts
Fuel thieves strike low blow to recovery efforts

Council crews are being hampered in their efforts to repair flood damaged roads and bridges by thieves stealing fuel from plant parked on site.


Prior to the flood on 30 March, thieves syphoned the tank of an excavator working on replacing culverts at Palmvale Road, Palmvale. To make matters worse, they then left the fuel cap off allowing the remainder of the fuel to be contaminated by rainwater, requiring the machine to be serviced.


Possibly those same thieves struck again on Wednesday night. But this time, they may have taken more than diesel as crews could not restart the machine after refuelling it.


“This is deplorable and absolutely gutting for the men on site and in the workshop,” said Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney.


“When you appreciate that we lost one-quarter of our plant and fleet, plus had our entire fuel stores contaminated by floodwater when the Buchanan Street Depot went under, to now rob our crews of the practical work they can achieve to repair roads and bridges and support the community recovery is a low blow.”


Flood damage estimates for the Tweed Shire sit between $50 and $60 million. The figure for roads and bridges alone is $20 million.


“Adding another tank of fuel to the bill may seem insignificant but when the theft of fuel and damage to plant puts a crew out of work for a day or two that affects everyone.”


Council will be unable to get back to full strength until its damaged fleet and plant can be replaced. But, as much as it can, crews this week will return to their normal construction work program as contractors continue the flood clean-up.


Crews will be back at Palmvale Road, Palmvale, to complete installation of new culverts. They’ll also restart work on the Blackspot Program on Clothiers Creek Road, realigning a curve between the Pacific Motorway and Wallum Court, Clothiers Creek.


They’ll also be back at Moolau Avenue, Tweed Heads, upgrading drainage and the road pavement and providing a formal turnaround area at Ducat Park.


Work also will restart on reconstructing the road at Airfield Avenue, Murwillumbah.


27 April 2017
Gallery Playdates for small visitors
Gallery Playdates

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Now that school has returned, Tweed Regional Gallery will host another series of playdates for young vistors aged 6 months to 5 years. Parents, grandparents and carers are invited to join Gallery staff for fun and educational sessions in the Gallery on the first Wednesday of each month during term time.


The monthly Gallery Playdates recognise the important role a gallery environment can play in early childhood development. Children can share in activities inspired by the artworks on display or happenings in the community. The next playdate on Wednesday 3 May will explore the theme of recycling in conjunction with Tweed Shire Council’s new 3 Bin System.


The Gallery’s Education and Audience Development Officer, Jodi Ferrari, said that waste can provide excellent art materials.


“At our next Gallery Playdate, the kids will build and play with recycled packaging sculpture, while the adults can learn more about ways in which we can reduce waste in our households,” she said.


The Gallery will open slightly earlier on the day of each Playdate so families can enjoy a quiet experience in the exhibition. The playdates often include storytelling, soft toy play, and looking at and singing about artworks.


The Gallery also provides a cool, dry place for families visiting the Murwillumbah Farmers’ Markets before the Gallery Playdate to store their groceries.


“Wednesdays are a great day to come into Murwillumbah – to enjoy some local produce and then embrace the theme of ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ through art,” Mrs Ferrari said.


A free still life drawing activity featuring local produce will remain in the Foyer Gallery from Wednesday 3 May until Sunday 7 May. Adults and kids are welcome to participate. 



What: Gallery Playdates at Tweed Regional Gallery

Who:   Children up to 5 years, with their carers

When:            First Wednesday of the month - next playdate is Wed 3 May 2017

9.30* – 10.30am

Cost:   Free

Bookings: No bookings necessary

One adult per child please

*NOTE the Gallery is open early for these special events

REGULAR Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

26 April 2017
Changes to pedestrian access at the Kingscliff Foreshore works site
Changes to Marine Parade pedestrian access

Work on the Central Park site of the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation project commences next week, with changes to the construction site fencing now in place.

26 April 2017
Free Compost Workshop at Tweed Regional Gallery
Free Compost Workshop at Tweed Regional Gallery

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tweed Shire Council will conduct a free composting and worm farm workshop at the Tweed Regional Gallery this Sunday to promote changes to the household waste system.

The workshop will be held on Sunday 30 April from 1pm to 2pm and will cover all aspects of home composting.

Council’s Environmental Education Officer, Tarra Martel said the workshop will coincide with a week-long display highlighting how the new 3 bin system works.

“The underlying message of both programs is the importance of diverting organic waste away from landfill,” said Ms Martel.

“Whether it’s composting at home or making use of the new green organic waste bin you are ensuring your organic waste is not being converted to methane or leachates, both of which are tremendously damaging to our environment.”

The 3 bin household collection system will be introduced to single houses and duplexes in urban areas across the Tweed starting July 1.

Under the new system, the green organics bin containing food and garden waste will be collected weekly and turned into compost while the red landfill bin, which no longer contains any material which is going to break down, gets collected fortnightly.

The display will clearly show which materials go into which bin and Ms Martel will also be onsite to answer any questions from 10am – 2pm on the day.

Bookings are essential for residents to participate in the composting workshop and can be made by contacting Ms Martel on

The Gallery also invites the community to embrace the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ concept and celebrate food through art. From Wednesday 3 May to Sunday 7 May, visitors of all ages can grab a board, some paper and art materials and create a still life artwork inspired by the abundance of local produce from this region.

The project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW’s EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded by the Waste Levy.

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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