Tweed Shire Council wishes to recognise the generations of the local Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from the forests, rivers, lakes and streams of this beautiful valley over many thousands of years as the traditional owners and custodians of these lands.
About Tweed Shire CouncilTweed Map including Council Facilities (1.34mB PDF)
Tweed Shire Council, the largest Council on the north coast of New South Wales, was declared on 1 January 1947 following the amalgamation of the municipality of Murwillumbah and Shire of Tweed. With an annual budget of approximately $194 million, it is the largest employer in the Tweed with a workforce of approximately 670 employees across a wide range of programs and services.
Council delivers these services for the more than 35,000 ratepayers and 89,000 plus residents who call the Tweed home. They include planning and development, water and wastewater, major and minor works, waste management, natural resource management, community and cultural development, art galleries, recreational facilities, parks and reserves, cemeteries, aquatic facilities and much more.
Council is guided by its seven councillors elected by the community for a term of four years with the Mayor elected by the Councillors in September each year for a 12-month term. View the ‘Roll of Freeman’ on the Councillors page to see those elected to serve in Local Government in the Tweed from 1902 (including Town/Shire Clerks and General Managers) to current day.
and Community Access
sessions are held monthly. Tweed residents are kept informed by Council's free weekly newspaper the Tweed Link
which is delivered to more than 40,000 households.
Tweed Shire Council’s main office is located in Murwillumbah with a branch office in Tweed Heads. See Customer Service
for more information and to contact us.Vision:
The Tweed will be recognised for its desirable lifestyle, strong community, unique character and environment, and the opportunities its residents enjoy.Mission:
Working with community and partners, provide leadership in facilitating and delivering services that manage growth sustainably; create opportunity; and enhance the value of our civic and natural assets for this and future generations. Tweed Shire Council’s Values:
Transparency, customer focus, fairness, reliability, progressiveness, value for money and collaboration.
For more information on the Vision and Mission for the Tweed see the Community Strategic Plan 10 Year Vision at Integrated Reporting
The Tweed - at a glance
Tweed Shire covers 1303 square kilometres and adjoins the NSW shires of Byron, Lismore and Kyogle, with the NSW/Queensland border to its north where it divides the twin towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. The Tweed’s population is approximately 89,000. There was a considerable reduction in the population growth rate at the 2011 Census, which was 0.5 per cent or 3.4 per cent over the past five years. The population is estimated to reach more than 128,000 by 2031. Our diverse population is geographically spread between urban communities, coastal and rural towns and more than fifteen villages.
The stunning centrepiece of the Tweed, where the sun first hits the Australian continent, is Wollumbin / Mount Warning which is surrounded by national parks forming the caldera of the fertile Tweed Valley. With 37 kms of natural coastline, wetlands and forests, lush pastoral and farm land, the entire basin of the Tweed River, and mountainous regions containing three World Heritage listed national parks, Tweed boasts a unique and diverse environment high in biodiversity. It is located within one of the largest natural erosion calderas in the world. The Tweed has an average rainfall of approximately 1600 millimetres per year and offers a very moderate climate all year round, with mild winters and many sunny summer days.
The Tweed has two public hospitals, 34 primary schools, nine secondary schools, three public libraries, two TAFE campuses, three public swimming pools, more than 480 parks and reserves and more than 35 sports fields. Visit Community Profiles and Statistics
for a wide range of demographic information about the Tweed community.
Captain James Cook identified and named two of Tweed Shire's most prominent features, Wollumbin / Mount Warning and Point Danger (Aboriginal area of Pooningbah), in 1770. Prior to European settlement, the area was blanketed in sub-tropical forest and was home to the Bundjalung people. Many of the Shire’s towns and villages derive their names from the language of those Aborigines. The area was settled by timber-getters around 1844; the first school opened in 1871; and by the 1890s, the river port of Tumbulgum was the centre of population. The focus moved to Murwillumbah when the first Local Government municipality was declared in 1902. The Tweed Shire, which amalgamated the Municipality of Murwillumbah and Shire of Tweed, was declared on 1 January 1947.
To learn about the history of the Tweed visit Museum
1303 square kilometres
Climate and Rainfall
Being orientated on the coast, the temperature of Tweed Heads is moderated by the refreshing off shore breezes during summer. On average, 51 days during the summer months are not interrupted by rain. The temperatures of Tweed Heads offer a very moderate year round climate and a very pleasant place to live. Murwillumbah experiences mild winters with evening minimums just below 10°C and summers offering a near tropical experience. During the summer months, Murwillumbah experiences 42 days of sunshine. The remainder are usually broken by spectacular late afternoon tropical thunderstorms. The Tweed has an average rainfall of 1600 millimetres per year. See Rainfall.
Time Zone / Day Light Savings
The Tweed observes Daylight Savings from 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks for forward one hour, to 3am on the first Sunday in April when clocks go back one hour. Daylight saving is not observed in our bordering neighbour Queensland. Please refer to the NSW Government website if you require any further information: www.nsw.gov.au/daylight-saving.
See the sidebar for Useful Links to Federal and State Members. See Councillors for your Tweed Shire Council elected body.
- 5 community run and numerous private facilities for pre-school age children
- 25 state primary schools
- 10 private primary schools
- 5 state high schools
- 4 private high schools
- 3 TAFE centres located at Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff
- Universities located at Tweed Heads, Lismore and the Gold Coast
For more information on local schools, visit Council's Community Directory.
Public hospitals are located in Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah. Visit NSW Health - Tweed region information.
The Tweed has three libraries located in Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah. For more information vist Richmond-Tweed Library Service.
The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is a stunning attraction for the Tweed and community facility of Tweed Shire Council. For more information visit Art Gallery
The Tweed has 37km of stunning beaches with some of the best surf spots on the east cost. Surf Life Savings Clubs are at Cabarita Beach, Fingal Head, Cudgen Headland, Pottsville and Salt. For more information see Beaches. Tweed Shire Council manages the Tweed Coast Holiday Parks along the coast, located, from north to south, at Boyd's Bay, Fingal Head, Kingscliff North, Kingscliff South, Hastings Point, Pottsville North and Pottsville South.
Tweed is home to the world-heritage listed National Parks of Wollumbin / Mount Warning, the Nightcap Ranges, the Border Ranges and a portion of Lamington National Park. National Parks Website
Tourism and Business
Tweed Shire Council funds Destination Tweed to provide tourism and economic attraction services. The Tweed welcomes more than one point two million visitors each year and offers great accessibility with the Gold Coast Airport our gateway to Australia and the world. With more than 6500 GST registered businesses our retail, hospitality, agricultural and tourism industries are major employers.
Gold Coast International Airport is the gateway to the Tweed offering local, inter-and intrastate services.
For a wide range of Business and Economic Development information and local Business Chambers see the Business Support or the Business main menu of the website.