Restrictions in place from 5 pm on 21 September - due to finish on 29 September. In keeping with this, Council is temporarily closing its non-essential services.
Council facilities will begin to reopen from Saturday after the NSW Government today announced a lifting of the lockdown for parts of regional NSW, including the Tweed local government area.
Stay at home orders will be lifted from midnight tomorrow, Friday 10 September, but the region will continue to operate under tight restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.
These restrictions include limiting the number of visitors to the home to 5 people (not including children 12 and under) and up to 20 people at outdoor settings.
Masks will still be required for all indoor public venues, while capacity will be limited at hospitality, retail outlets and gyms to maintain the one person per 4 sqm rule, with specific customer limitations for each industry.
Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government, saying it was now time for the Queensland Government to follow suit and reinstate a border bubble.
“Today’s announcement is a great win for all the businesses and families out there who have shared their stories of how hard the lockdown has been here in the Tweed – this is your win,” Cr Cherry said.
“It is now time for us to reopen our businesses, for our children to return to school and to celebrate that some of us can now spend time with family.
“But let’s not forget all of those among us that still can’t get to work or see their families because of the great divide that continues to split our community in half at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
“I call on the Queensland Government to lift those restrictions and reinstate a border bubble so we can all get back to work and sit down together again as families.”
As a result of the easing of restrictions, Council will open most of its customer-facing facilities in coming days. However, some services remain impacted by staffing shortages as a result of the border closure. Services opening include:
Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre (tip) returns to normal operations for domestic and commercial operations from Saturday 11 September. Tweed JUNKtion Tip Shop remains closed with a reopening date to be confirmed next week.
Tweed Holiday Parks return to normal operations from Saturday 11 September with COVID-Safe restrictions
Customer Service Counters at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads reopen from Monday 13 September
Library branches at Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Kingscliff return to normal opening hours from Monday 13 September
Brett Street CAFE at Tweed Heads returns to normal operating hours from Monday 13 September
Starting Block Café at TRAC Murwillumbah open for takeaway meals from Monday 13 September
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and South Tweed to reopen from Monday 13 September on restricted hours
Tweed Regional Museum will return to normal operating hours from Tuesday 14 September
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre will reopen from Wednesday 15 September
Community centres at Banora Point and South Tweed, South Sea Islander Room, Harvard Room, Kingscliff Hall, Canvas and Kettle reopening from Wednesday 15 September
Council-approved community markets, including at Kingscliff, SALT Village, Pottsville, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads may reopen with COVID-safe plans in place.
The next Council meeting on Thursday 16 September will return to normal operations and will be held in the Harvard Room at Tweed Heads Administration Office. Anyone wishing to attend in person must pre-book their seats due to capacity restrictions. The meeting will also be livestreamed. Details on how to book or join the livestream are available on Council’s website.
Essential services including water and kerbside waste collection services continue to operate as normal.
For any queries, the community is encouraged to call our Contact Centre Team on 02 6670 2400, chat to us online or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Any issues can be reported online via our Report a Problem webpage or direct message us on Facebook.
Keep up to date with closures and service impacts on Council’s COVID-19 Emergency Dashboard.
For the latest on regional and rural restrictions, including stay-at-home rules, visit the NSW Government website at nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions.
Photo 1: Family reuniting after COVID lockdown eased
Caption: Families will be able to reunite again on Saturday after COVID stay at home orders are lifted in the Tweed. A border bubble is now required to allow families and workers to cross the border to Queensland.
Photo 2: Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry
Caption: Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry.
We make the Tweed an even better place to live, work and visit.
© Tweed Shire Council
Phone: 02 6670 2136