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The Communication and Customer Services Unit of Tweed Shire Council is responsible for media releases, responding to journalist, television and photo requests, and general media and industry publication related enquiries. Media organisations are encouraged to use our email subscription service to receive automatic notification of Council media releases via email. You can unsubscribe at any time by logging in to the right, then select the 'Unsubscribe' option.

Requests from media organisations for information or comment regarding Council operational matters should be directed to Council's Communications Unit on (02) 6670 2575 or email mediaTSC@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

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Last 10 Available Media Releases
8 December 2017
Council awards second package of flood damage work
Council awards second package of flood damage work

Council has awarded the second package of minor to medium-sized flood remediation works to contractor Hazell Bros QLD following the 31 March flood.

 

It is anticipated that one more package will be awarded next week, leaving the final package to follow in the New Year.

 

These packages of work have been bundled in geographic areas to minimise travel times between jobs and maximise on-the-ground efficiencies. This second package comprises repairs on 37 roads in Byangum, Burringbar and Upper Burringbar, Crabbes Creek, Cudgera Creek, Dunbible, Mooball, Palmvale, Reserve Creek, Round Mountain, Rowlands Creek, Sleepy Hollow, Smiths Creek, South Murwillumbah, Stokers Siding, Tygalgah, Wardrop Valley and Wooyung. It contains nearly 150 damage items and is worth about $1.2 million.

 

Meanwhile work has started on the first of the major road repairs on Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah, at Blacks Drain.

 

There are about 50 more big jobs currently in various stages of investigation and design. It is expected that most of these will be awarded by April 2018. These jobs account for the bulk of the shire’s roads repair bill at about $16 million but will take many months to complete once awarded.

 

Council now estimates the March flood caused approximately $28.9 million of damage to roads and bridges. To date, more than 1000 minor road and bridge damage items have been repaired at a cost of around $5.5 million.

 

Under current estimates, Council expects to recover $20.3 million of its roads bill through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance (NDRRA) and grant funding, leaving a possible shortfall of $8.6 million to be funded from Council’s future operating and capital budgets. These figures continue to change as we firm up damage estimates, work to maximise funding opportunities and complete NDRRA assessments.

 

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.


6 December 2017
All systems go for Tweed Library reopening on Friday
Media release: Friday reopening for Tweed Library
Tweed Heads Library will reopen to the public on Friday.
5 December 2017
Tweed Link to be published in local newspapers in 2018
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For 20 years, Tweed Shire Council has independently printed and distributed the Tweed Link, providing a trusted source of Council and community information.  Council would like to advise residents of changes to the Tweed Link which will take effect from January 2018.

Times have changed and independently printing and distributing the Tweed Link for 42,500 households each week, in a growing population, has become unsustainable.

From the week commencing the 15 January 2018, the Tweed Link will now appear in the local free newspapers, the Tweed Daily News (Wednesday community edition) and Tweed Valley Weekly (Thursdays).  Together, these newspapers have a combined print run of approximately 45,000 and is complemented by strong online and social media readership and Council email subscription services.

  • These changes will provide significant savings and allow residents to choose their preference to receive or access the Tweed Link and stay informed about Council news.  From 15 January, the Tweed Link will be available:
  • In a free weekly printed format available to the majority of Tweed households and bulk drops  through two local free newspapers
  • As a weekly electronic subscription service direct to your inbox www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Subscribe
  • On Council’s website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Tweedlink
  • As a video version of the ‘Tweed e-Link’ for Council’s YouTube and social media channels, to grow our online and social media followers (coming soon).
  • At Council offices and some Council-owned community facilities.

What can I do? What are my options?

  • Subscribe at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/subscribe to get the Tweed Link (or a range of other subscription services) sent directly to your inbox each week.
  • Follow Council on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Linkedin.
  • Adapt your news reading habits to find the Tweed Link in the weekly Tweed Daily News and the Tweed Valley Weekly.
  • Drop into Council’s offices and some other community facilities to pick up a copy.
  • Sign up to Your Say Tweed at www.yoursay.tweed.nsw.gov.au to stay informed Council’s engagement activities and get notifications about ways you can have your say.

The last independently printed and distributed Tweed Link will be next week - Tuesday 12 December 2017 Issue 1036.  Council takes a break from publishing over the Christmas – New Year period and will return with the Tweed Link in the new format in January 2018.

For more information and frequently asked questions about the Tweed Link visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/tweedlink


5 December 2017
Cudgen project is fertile ground for soil protection
Cudgen project is fertile ground for soil protection
A soil management project bringing Council and landholders together has helped stem the loss of fertile soils from one of the most intensively cultivated and constrained farmland areas in the Tweed.
5 December 2017
Tweed Library opening delayed
Tweed Library opening delayed
Unfortunately Tweed residents will have to wait a little longer to step inside the transformed Tweed Heads Library, while finishing touches are made to the building.
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4 December 2017
Guide Dogs ambassador wins Access Award
Access Award Winners Media Release
Author and Guide Dogs Australia community advocate Bev Larsson has won the overall prize at this year’s Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards.
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1 December 2017
Council seeks funds to protect weir as high tides on way
Council seeks funds to protect weir as high tides on way

Council has applied for funding to begin investigating what it can do to protect Bray Park Weir pool from being contaminated with salt water due to overtopping as it gears up for another run of high tides from Sunday onwards.

 

“We have applied for funds under the NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program to develop the scope of our proposed Bray Park Weir Tidal Protection Project while at the same time getting ready for a run of high tides that are predicted to again overtop the weir wall,” Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham said.

 

“We’re also calling for nominations from the community to join a Project Reference Group to help us identify and assess what options we have to protect the weir pool. We would particularly like nominations from landowners with properties fronting the river and business owners who rely on a high-quality water product.”

 

The final membership of the Project Reference Group will be decided by Council next year.

 

To nominate for the Project Reference Group, register online at http://www.yoursaytweed.com.au/BrayParkWeir.

 

Meanwhile, Council will have staff on call this weekend and early next week to monitor the effects of the high tides and respond if needed.

 

“Thankfully we currently have strong flows from the upper catchments due to the recent run of wet weather which will help hold back the high tides so we will only need to sandbag the wall if these flows drop significantly,” Mr Burnham said.

 

Council also was sampling the river water downstream to determine what levels of salt were present and what concentrations could be expected if the weir wall does overtop next week.

 

“Salt water concentrations measured at Murwillumbah’s Commercial Road Boat Ramp on Thursday were very low so any overtopping of the weir is unlikely to adversely affect our water supply.

 

“Nevertheless, we will have staff monitoring the tides closely and standing by to act to prevent salt getting into the shire’s drinking water supplies.”


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1 December 2017
Cuppa and chat shed more light on NDIS
NDIS afternoon tea media release
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants will have another chance to find out more about the new program and how it will affect their day-to-day lives, when Tweed Community Services hosts an informal morning tea in South Tweed on Tuesday 5 December.
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30 November 2017
Tokens of travel now charming records of history
Wish You Were Here media release
Sending postcards and buying a souvenir or two were once part and parcel of a trip away, before the days of personal cameras and instant selfies.
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30 November 2017
Misterchef serves up greater independence for Tweed men
Misterchef media release
A group of Tweed men have transformed themselves from complete novices in the kitchen to ‘Misterchefs’ who can rustle up a mean massaman curry or delicious roast dinner in quick time.
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