Skip to Display Options Skip to Main Content
Tourist Information Local Weather The Tweed A -  |  A +
Skip Navigation Links Home : : Environment : : Educational Tours and Resources

Email Link   Educational Tours and Resources

Tweed Shire Council offers a range of free educational tours and speaking engagements for Tweed schools, learning institutions and community groups. They range from a full Environmental Education Program, developed in accordance with the NSW Board of Studies’ curriculum outcomes, to tours of Council facilities and talks about various projects, programs and local government.

Schools can also get invovled in various competitions and events, which will be listed here when available or on the
Tweed River Festival page.

Tweed Secondary Schools Environmental Leadership Program

Outwood Bound Logo
Tweed Shire Council in collaboration with Outward Bound Australia is offering 18 students across Tweed secondary schools an opportunity to participate in an exciting and innovative, environmental experiential learning program.

We are taking the students out of the classroom and into the Tweed wilderness to learn new skills in leadership, communication and collaboration – building their confidence and giving them tools to take on an environmental project or initiative within their school, on their return.

Leadership Program Images

The experiential learning program will take place from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 September 2018 at Outward Bound’s northern base at Kunghur in the Tweed valley. The group will be facilitated by a highly trained and experienced outdoor instructor and accompanied by a Tweed Shire Council environmental leader and one lucky high school teacher.

Applications are now open! Download the Program Information (287kB PDF) and Application Forms (319kB PDF) for more info.

Applications are due by 5pm Monday 6 August, 2018. Successful applicants will be announced after 13 August, 2018.

Leadership Program Images

For more information about the program please contact
Lisa Flower on 0419 203 317 or email or
Hayden Goldstraw on 0427 290 594. email

Outward Bound Australia is an independent, not for profit organisation providing challenging experiences that help people discover, develop and achieve their potential. We are pleased to have delivered these experiences to over 350,000 Australians since 1956. For further information please visit

Leadership Program Images

Environmental Education Program

Tweed Shire Council’s Environmental Education Program (649kB PDF) covers topics relating to sustainability, waste, water and biodiversity. It links to the current NSW primary school curriculum, however high school and tertiary groups are also welcome to book from this program as activities can be tailored to suit different age groups and learning outcomes. Bookings are essential by phoning Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400 or email Alternatively, fill in the Booking Request Form (70kB PDF) and Council’s Environmental Education Officer will be in contact to confirm your visit.

Early Childhood Program

Tweed City Council is a participant in the Dirtgirlworld’s interactive sustainability program for early childhood learning. The program covers a range of sustainability topics including recycling, composting, being water wise, getting out in nature, energy use, and worm farming.

Dirtgirlworld’s ‘get grubby’ program promotes sustainable behaviours and provides a range of useful programs and resources to early childhood educators. It is an integrated curriculum project that aims to address and explore the key learning outcomes of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. To get a preview go to

The ‘get grubby’ program is available to preschools, early childhood centres and primary aged students in the Tweed Local Government Area, with costs covered by Tweed City Council. If you would like to be involved and enjoy the fun and learning opportunities presented by this program, phone us on 02 6670 2694 or email

The Sustainable Living Centre

The Sustainable Living Centre is Council's environmental education centre, constructed as part of the Kingscliff Wastewater Treatment Plant, on Altona Road (off Crescent Street) at Cudgen. It is only open by group booking and has been designed as an education centre for school and tertiary groups, community groups and Council-related workshops. Public open days are scheduled throughout the year during certain events (eg. Tweed River Festival) with these openings advertised in Council's weekly newspaper, the Tweed Link.

The centre's goal is to inspire the adoption of sustainable behaviours within the community, and this is done through audio visuals, an interactive touch screen that people can use to calculate their carbon footprint and interactive light box displays. The centre also has a range of sustainable building features, some of these include energy efficient lighting, water-wise taps, toilets flushed with rainwater collected on site, chairs made from recycled printer cartridges and recycled electronic waste (e-waste) and tables made from plantation timber by a local carpenter. Topics covered in centre displays include:
  • Water treatment processes (wastewater and drinking water) and being water-wise;
  • Water management issues;
  • Waste – waste collection services, the waste hierarchy and reduction of waste to landfills;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Climate change; and
  • Energy and transport.
Follow Wheelie the Green Waste Wheelie bin around the centre to check out some of the displays! Groups wishing to book a visit can contact Council's Environmental Education Officer on (02) 6670 2400 or by email at

An interactive light box highlights our Urban Water Cycle
An interactive light box highlights our Urban Water Cycle
Use the touch screen to calculate your carbon footprint
Use the touch screen to calculate your carbon footprint
Learn about the Waste Hierarchy
Learn about the Waste Hierarchy

Members of a tour calcualting their carbon footprint
A school group learning about sustainability
Students learning about local Flora and Fauna

Water and Wastewater Education

School and community groups are able to book tours of Council's Water Treatment facilities through the Environmental Education Program. Open Days during special events also enable the community to visit and learn how their water is treated. Groups are accompanied by an experienced officer who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Groups larger than 25 people will be broken up into smaller groups with each being supervised separately.

Water education facilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Councillors come out to our school to speak to students?
Councillors can come out to your school to talk to students. To arrange for a Councillor to visit, please call Council’s Community Engagement Officer on (02) 6670 2400.
Is there a cost?
What ages do the school tours cater for?
The Environmental Education Program (642kB PDF) caters for Primary School groups through to High School.  Talks and tours of Council facilities can also be catered to Tertiary education and adult groups.  

Can Council officers come to our school to speak to students?
Yes. Council has Officers who can attend schools and give talks on the Natural Resource Management, Waste and Water units if schools would like to request a speaker.  
Last Updated: 15 June 2018