People and communities

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.

Council has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan(PDF, 2MB), the first ever developed between the Tweed Shire Council and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to Council. Read more about Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The Community Services Team works with particular groups to understand their needs, recognise possible gaps in service delivery and identify any barriers to full enjoyment of community life.

Through ongoing community engagement, strategies are developed and implemented to address issues that have been identified. Each team member has a comprehensive work plan in place detailed in the 4 year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan that reflects objectives of the 10 year Community Strategic Plan.

When developing social/community plans, the Division of Local Government requires that community consultation include the following 8 groups: