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20 June 2022

Help shape the future of Tweed's natural environment

Short survey seeks community feedback on Conservation Strategy

Mt Cougal

Straddling the border between NSW and Queensland, Mt Cougal overlooks the Tweed caldera which boasts the highest biodiversity for any region in NSW. Photo credit Michael Corke.

Community input is being sought to develop a new Conservation Strategy which aims to protect the Tweed’s status as the highest biodiversity hotspot in NSW and third highest in Australia.

Residents are being asked to participate in a short 10-minute survey to help develop a new Conservation Strategy that reflects current conservation issues, threats to the environment and positive land management opportunities.

Located in one of the largest natural erosion calderas in the world, the new strategy will plan for how we can protect the Tweed’s natural environment, manage our land and deal with conservation issues moving forward.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said it was essential Council did all it could to preserve this magnificent land we call home.

“The Tweed is recognised as a biodiversity hotspot – one of the richest and most diverse regions for flora and fauna in Australia,” Cr Cherry said.

“It is so important we have a Conservation Strategy in place to keep it safe and sound. Your feedback will be used to help us develop the best possible conservation strategy for our unique natural environment.

“It’s the first step to positive change for the Tweed’s natural areas. Just like planting a seed, it’s going to take time and a whole lot of love, care and hard work to get it right.

“Every action makes a big difference. Whether you care for the environment in your backyard, beach or forest, you are part of looking after our natural environment – this is your chance to help us write a strategy that makes a big difference.

“Input from the community is essential for the preparation of the draft strategy. We encourage you all to get involved by please completing the short 10-minute survey.”

To get involved and learn more visit yoursaytweed.com.au/conservationstrategy.

Residents can also speak to Council’s team at the World Environment Day festival in Murwillumbah on 17 July 2022.

Tweed Koala

A local Tweed koala. Council is seeking community input on how best to protect the Tweed's incredible environment. Photo credit Marama Hopkins. 


Photo 1: Mt Cougal overlooking the Tweed 
Caption: Straddling the border between NSW and QLD, Mt Cougal overlooks the Tweed caldera which boasts the highest biodiversity of any region in NSW. Photo credit Michael Corke.

Photo 2: Local koala
Caption: A local Tweed koala. Council is seeking community input on how best to protect the Tweed's incredible environment. Photo credit Marama Hopkins.

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We wish 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 these forests, rivers, lakes and streams over many thousands of years as the traditional custodians of these lands.