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Last 10 Available Media Releases
18 October 2018
Upgrade ahead for Uki’s Water Treatment Plant
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The Uki Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is set to be upgraded to improve function, provide more resilience in times of flood and cater for increased water demand in the future.
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16 October 2018
Tweed Regional Museum working towards dementia awareness
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Tweed Regional Museum’s Director, Judy Kean and her staff have been recognised by Dementia Australia for their efforts to make the museum a more accessible place for people with dementia.
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12 October 2018
Nullum House back in business
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Heartfelt words from the community were shared at the reopening of Nullum House on Wednesday following its repair and refurbishment in the wake of the March 2017 flood:
12 October 2018
Avoid swimming in Mooball Creek at Pottsville
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Council is recommending against swimming in Mooball Creek at Pottsville for the time being following recent and expected rain.
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12 October 2018
Council continues to monitor conditions in Pottsville’s Mooball Creek
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The Mooball Creek mouth at Pottsville is completely closed by sand and Council is continuing to monitor water quality and sand movement very closely.
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10 October 2018
Council welcomes funds to study water pipeline to Queensland
Pipeline study

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed a $95,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program to help investigate the viability of connecting the Tweed District Water Supply to the South-East Queensland supply.

 

Any pipeline connecting the two would be a contingency in the event of a catastrophic failure of the Tweed supply.

 

The remainder of the estimated $380,000 cost of the study will be paid by Council.

 

“We are looking at connecting the Tweed supply to the Queensland supply to ensure continuity of our water supply in the event of a catastrophic failure of the Tweed Water Supply, such as a contamination event like the saltwater ingress to the Bray Park Weir pool that occurred in August 2017 and took our supply offline for many days,” Water and Wastewater Manager Strategy and Business Robert Siebert said.

 

“In that event, we used water stored in our reservoirs and were assisted by Gold Coast Water by the opening of a small pipeline connection with the Gold Coast at Boundary Street in Tweed Heads.  We also asked residents to reduce their consumption during that event.

 

“A permanent larger pipeline would provide surety in the event of a catastrophic failure of our supply.”

 

Council will now engage a consultant to undertake the study.

 

The grant was announced by Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair last week with State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Council staff.

 

The $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program so far has helped fund 28 projects throughout the state aimed at improving water security.


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10 October 2018
New grants program giving our farmers a helping hand
Small ag grants closing

Tweed farmers can apply for grants of up to $4,000 to help fund on-ground projects through Council’s new Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Program.

 

These could include best practice farming methods that lead to improved water quality, soil health and biodiversity outcomes.

 

Council’s Program Leader Sustainable Agriculture Eli Szandala said farmers around the globe are realising that through greater implementation of best practice land management, new innovative farming practices or even revival of old (pre-industrial) farming methods, they can significantly improve the quality of their land.

 

“This in turn leads to more viable and productive farms and associated benefits for the environment and the wider community,” Mr Szandala said.

 

“Unfortunately however, most of our farmers are doing it tough, which makes starting new projects difficult. These grants can provide the incentive for our food producers to start a small project which can ultimately lead to big changes over time.

 

“We’ve already heard about some fantastic project ideas and encourage all producers in the Tweed to consider their opportunities by applying for a grant,” he said.

 

The new program complements Council’s existing River Health Grants and Biodiversity Grants Programs and provides opportunities to work closely with our farmers to achieve positive environmental and community outcomes.

 

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 26 October 2018 and successful projects are expected to have grant funding expended by 30 June 2019.

 

For more information and to apply visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/agriculture or contact the Program Leader – Sustainable Agriculture on eszandala@tweed.nsw.gov.au or by calling Council on (02) 6670 2400.


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8 October 2018
Botanical artist explores fascination of native mangroves
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An exhibition by Newcastle-based natural history and botanical artist Deirdre Bean entitled Australia’s mangroves: living on the edge will open at Tweed Regional Gallery on Friday 12 October.

The artist developed a fascination for mangroves as a child when she swam amongst them in the Myall River, NSW. On learning more of their ecological importance and vulnerability, she undertook a self-funded project to document these unique plants and was the focus of her recent PhD project.

Almost half of the world’s mangrove species are found in Australia. Bean studied 34 of Australia’s 47 species over a seven-year period. Each species was sourced from field trips and methodically painted in her studio.

Bean recounts, “I encountered many hazards: torrential rain, mosquitoes, ants, heat, mud, dehydration and, of course, crocodiles. My equipment included my camera, water, insect repellant, collecting bag, and phone - with variable coverage. Once my specimens were secured, many hours were spent in the studio developing a botanically accurate watercolour painting, the results of which are featured in this exhibition.”

“These meticulously accurate depictions of native mangroves executed in watercolour and graphite on paper are an important body of work, that I believe would be of equal interest to botanists, plant enthusiasts and appreciators of fine art,” Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said.

All are welcome to attend the official opening celebrations on Friday 12 October at 6.00pm DST, with guest speaker Stella Downer of Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. The exhibition opens in conjunction with Laith McGregor: Borrowed Time and Graeme Drendel: Confessions.

On Sunday 11 November at 2.00pm DST, an In Conversation will be held between artist Deirdre Bean and Dr Norman Duke (MSc, PhD), Senior Research Scientist at James Cook University. Join them for this free event where they will discuss this fragile species.


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4 October 2018
Council monitoring blockage at creek mouth
Mooball Creek

For the past week, the mouth of Mooball Creek at Pottsville has been blocked with sand, resulting in very limited tidal flushing. 

 

The creek has become blocked due to: a very large beach width to the south of the creek mouth’s rock training walls; and, the formation of a sand bar east of and across the creek mouth. 

 

The mouths of a number of other creeks in the Tweed are undergoing similar conditions, including both Cudgera and Cudgen creeks. None of these, however, have become blocked.

 

Council is assessing whether the creek mouth should be cleared and when and how this could be done given that State Government approvals for the works would be required.

 

Council’s Waterways Program Leader Tom Alletson said small coastal estuary mouths do become blocked with sand from time to time.

 

“Mooball Creek last became blocked in 2007,” Mr Alletson said. “Prior to the construction of training walls and floodplain drains, the systems would have spent a much greater proportion of time separated from the ocean. The aquatic ecosystems adapt to it, but the difference these days is water quality. Runoff from the catchment, including both urban and agricultural development, means we need to ensure that levels of dissolved oxygen do not fall so low that aquatic fauna is at risk, or that bacteria levels do not climb so high that swimming conditions become unsafe.”

 

Council has been sampling the water quality in Mooball Creek for the past week and to date those samples met safe levels for the protection of aquatic ecosystems and swimming. 

 

“Water in the creek is becoming a little greener. This is due to the growth of phytoplankton (single-celled, non-toxic green algae), which is building up due to reduced tidal flushing.  This is natural and typical of water quality further up the creek where tidal flushing is always more limited.”

 

Over the weekend, forecast high tides of up to 1.75 meters and a south swell of up to 2.1 metres should flush the entrance bar and refresh waters within the lower reaches of the creek. 

 

This may reduce the size of the entrance bar and result in scouring of the channel through to the ocean. 

The forecast for the weekend is for relatively cool weather and rainfall, reducing the risk of high temperatures that could cause a sudden reduction in dissolved oxygen levels.

 

On Monday, Council will reassess the situation at the creek mouth to determine if intervention is needed.

 

“The entrance conditions could change significantly over the weekend. There is also a high possibility that a channel dug artificially to allow the creek to drain would be closed off on the following tide due to sand settling straight back into it, so if we can let nature do the job for us, we will achieve a better outcome.” 

 

“We may see beach and entrance sand bar conditions like this persist for several weeks or more, and we can’t open the creek every day, so caution, monitoring and preparedness must be the approach.”


4 October 2018
Council to shortlist tenderers for dam raising EIS
Council to shortlist tenderers for dam raising EIS

Council has called Expressions of Interest for an independent consultant to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project to raise the wall of Clarrie Hall Dam.

Expressions close at 4pm on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Council is seeking to shortlist tenderers to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, which considers and addresses all issues raised in the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) based on all the surveys and investigations done to date and comments by relevant Agencies.

Investigations completed or well advanced include biodiversity, cultural heritage, flooding and hydrology and an environmental flows assessments.

It will take 18 months to two years to complete the EIS, before it goes on public exhibition in early 2020.

“The project is classified as a State Significant Infrastructure Project.  Calling Expressions of Interest marks a significant milestone for the project which remains on schedule for the dam to be raised by 2026,” Project Manager Robert Siebert said.

“The EIS will go on public exhibition in early 2020.  Council will be urging the community to get more involved and make their submissions at that time as it is a requirement that all submissions be considered. This is the stage when every voice will be heard.

All the information on the project is available at https://www.yoursaytweed.com.au/ClarrieHallDam.

 

Council will continue its commitment to full transparency on this project as we enter this critical phase of the project.”

Expression of Interest documentation is available on the eTender site on Council’s website.


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