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8 February 2024

Council calls for community feedback on future housing growth

Have your say on options for managing growth and housing over next 20 years

Tweed Heads skypix

Looking south from Tweed Heads towards the Tweed valley: How would you like to see the Tweed develop over the next 20 years? Join in the conversation at one of several engagement opportunities over coming weeks.

Tweed Shire Council is asking residents to have their say on proposed options to meet future demand for housing and employment land over the next 20 years.

Latest projections indicate the Tweed’s population is expected to grow by between 13,000 and 30,000 people by 2041, with planning required to accommodate an additional 11,000 jobs in the Shire over that period. *

The community is now invited to join the conversation to help inform the final options to be included in the next stage of the Growth Management and Housing Strategy, which will guide key Council priorities in relation to housing and employment opportunities until 2041.

The proposed options are outlined in a draft Options Paper prepared by PSA Consulting in consultation with Council and the community, to understand the future challenges and aspirations of the Tweed.

The proposed options relate to specific locations where supply of additional housing and employment land may be suitable in the future. Localities put forward for potential future housing growth include:

  • Tweed Heads South and Tweed Heads West

  • Banora Point and Terranora

  • Kingscliff, Cabarita and Hastings Point

  • Pottsville West

  • Murwillumbah

  • Rural Tweed.

Specific areas across the Tweed have also been highlighted to accommodate future employment growth.

A series of information sessions will take place across the Tweed over the next 6 weeks to provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions and better understand the proposed options before providing feedback on the draft Options Paper.

Full details of the Options Paper and the community information sessions including an interactive map of suggested locations are available online via Your Say Tweed.

Council’s Director of Planning and Regulation Denise Galle said community feedback had played a vital role in shaping the draft Options Paper for the Growth Management and Housing Strategy to date.

“We need to plan for a future that is adaptive to growth and change while respecting the beautiful attributes of the Tweed,” Ms Galle said.

“This plan is about increasing the diversity of options to address future growth. Some of the possible changes include higher density living in some zones, change of land use, rural village expansion, review of greenfield sites and more housing diversity.

"Changes may be incremental over time and some may not even happen but we need to have options for sustainable growth that accommodates our future housing needs.

“Possible changes have been identified across the Tweed, including urban areas, greenfield sites and rural Tweed to provide opportunities for housing and employment across the Shire.

“Some options provide opportunities to use existing infrastructure, services and facilities, others consider options for greenfield development. The changes have been chosen because of their strategic merit and are consistent with the NSW Government’s housing reforms currently on exhibition.”

The draft Options Paper is the third stage in preparation of the Growth Management and Housing Strategy. The paper is divided into two distinct sections: the first section contains the background, vision and associated planning principles of the Strategy, and the Appendix which contains 83 proposed changes for review.

The Strategy will also look at other future challenges such as the need for infrastructure, more sustainable housing options, issues related to short-term rental accommodation, agricultural land suitability and the implication of climate change on housing and employment opportunities, to name a few.

Find out more and have your say

Council is inviting community feedback on the Draft Options paper. Residents are invited to attend a community information session (either in person or online) before making their submission online at yoursaytweed.com.au/futuretweed. Submissions are open until Friday 22 March 2024.

Community information sessions – registration essential

  • Tweed Heads Administration Office, Tuesday 5 March, 5.30 pm – 7 pm

  • Kingscliff Bowls Club, Tuesday, 12 March, 5.30 pm – 7 pm

  • Murwillumbah Services Club, Wednesday 13 March, 5.30 pm – 7 pm

Drop-in sessions – no registration required

  • Kingscliff markets: Saturday 10 February, 8 am – 12 noon

  • Kingscliff Shopping Village: Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February, 9 am – 2 pm

  • Murwillumbah Makers and Finders market: Saturday 17 February, 8.30 am – 1 pm

  • Murwillumbah Farmers Markets: Wednesday 14 February, 7 am – 11am

  • Murwillumbah Sunnyside Shopping Centre: Monday26 and Tuesday 27 February, 11 am – 4 pm

  • Pottsville markets: Sunday 18 February, 8 am – 12 noon

  • Tyalgum village markets: Saturday 24 February, 8 am – 12 noon

  • Tweed City Shopping Centre: Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 February, 9 am – 2 pm

Can’t make it in person? Register for an online information session.

  • Thursday 29 February 5.30 pm – 7 pm

  • Thursday 7March 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm


Population projections

* Current population projections for the Tweed Shire diverge significantly between different data sources. The NSW Government population project dataset has modest population growth projections for Tweed Shire – an additional 13,290 persons in the next 20 years (2021 to 2041), reaching 112,244 persons by 2041. By comparison, Informed Decisions is more ambitious, with an additional 31,571 persons projected in the next 20 years, reaching 131,489 persons by 2041.

The GMHS has enabled an opportunity for Council to refine the information available from the current population projections and prepare its own population projections – an additional 31,182 persons projected in the next 20 years, reaching 128,333 persons by 2041. In estimating the future housing needs of the Tweed, a set of projections has been adopted to ensure that a higher growth scenario than the NSW Government projections can be appropriately catered for if it occurs.

According to the GMHS housing outlook, the number of dwellings in Tweed Shire is anticipated to increase by 12,247 dwellings over the next 20 years – from 41,167 dwellings in 2021 to 53,413 dwellings in 2041.

Employment projections

In 2021, a total of 40,668 Tweed residents were employed, representing an increase of 4,961 from 35,707 in 2016. The number of people employed within the Tweed Shire rose from 28,158 workers in 2016, to 33,248 workers in 2021, an increase of 5,090 workers. This indicates that a number of Tweed residents travel outside of the Shire for work. According to the 2021 Census, the Tweed Shire had an estimated workforce of 33,248 people.

Future housing options

The draft Options Paper is the next stage in the Growth Management and Housing Plan and looks at ways to plan for a future that is adaptive to growth and change, while respecting the Tweed's natural beauty.


Photo 1: Tweed Heads skypix
Caption: Looking south from Tweed Heads towards the Tweed valley: How would you like to see the Tweed develop over the next 20 years? Join in the conversation at one of several engagement opportunities over coming weeks.

Photo 2: Future housing options
Caption: The draft Options Paper is the next stage in the Growth Management and Housing Plan and looks at ways to plan for a future that is adaptive to growth and change, while respecting the Tweed's natural beauty.

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Tweed Shire Council wishes to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. Council also acknowledges and respects the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lore, customs and traditions.
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