Industry Central land swap

Industry Central earthworks

The Industry Central Land Swap project was created to allow eligible land owners in the South Murwillumbah industrial zone who were directly impacted by the 2017 flood, caused by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie, to enter an expression of interest process and, if successful, swap their flood-prone land with Council-owned flood free land at Industry Central, Murwillumbah.

The Industry Central Land Swap project is a strategic solution to assist selected businesses located within the high flood risk zone in the existing South Murwillumbah industrial estate to relocate to flood free land at Lundberg Drive (Industry Central) via a land swap agreement.

Council was able to acquire 14 ha of suitable flood-free and appropriately zoned land at Lundberg Drive, South Murwillumbah and develop this into new employment land thanks to $11.3 million in funding from the NSW Government.

Following an Expression of Interest process, five Murwillumbah businesses were selected to participate in the land swap, which will see them swap their flood-prone land for flood-free land in the new industrial estate in South Murwillumbah known as Industry Central.

Council will also be relocating its works depot to the estate.

Alder Constructions was awarded the contract for the design and construction of all public infrastructure at Industry Central in Lundberg Drive, including the roads, stormwater, reticulated sewer, water supply and telecommunications.

Construction works are expected to be completed by mid-2024, with creation of title for the new allotments and settlement of contacts planned to occur by December 2024.

Council project selected for Resilient Australia Award

Tweed Shire Council’s Industry Central Land Swap Project was nominated for a national Resilient Australia Award for outstanding projects which build community resilience to disasters and emergencies.

The project won the NSW section of the 2018 awards in the Local Government category.

The judges said: “This is an important mitigation strategy to remove current risk from the floodplain and build community resilience. This activity required extensive consultation, forward planning and significant effort by the Council”.

The award was accepted by Council General Manager Troy Green and Acting Manager Land & Economic Development, Ray Musgrave.

“It’s terrific to see this project recognised, which mitigates against climate change and creates resilience for local businesses and the broader economy,” Mr Green said.

“I’d like to thank the former Member for Lismore, Thomas George, for his advocacy following the flood, the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, for his assistance with the project and the current Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, for her ongoing support as the initiative progresses.

For more information about the Industry Central Land Swap Project visit

The Resilient Australia Awards is sponsored by the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories and managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR). The NSW awards are coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management.

Project background / history

In March / April 2017, ex tropical Cyclone Debbie caused significant flooding throughout the Tweed Shire with many homes and businesses being severely damaged despite the existence of flood levees in some areas.

The damage was particularly devastating to the industrial area of South Murwillumbah, a location of many medium sized enterprises, employing hundreds of staff and contributing significantly to the local economy and social fabric of our town.

The cost of the damage in this area alone ran into the tens of millions of dollars and became a major threat to jobs.

The aim of the Industry Central Land Swap project is to build resilience into the Tweed economy to overcome future flood events and in turn help the town better face the ongoing challenges that climate change will present.

The Land Swap agreement allows for a ‘like for like’ swap for land that has no improvements or infrastructure.

For land on which existing improvements or infrastructure is built, the offer is like for like plus an uplift of 20% additional land. Consideration is given to those businesses who would like to purchase land over and above the approved allocation.

As new allotments are created, the land swap between Council and the participating businesses can occur and land titles may be transferred. The infrastructure or improvements on the vacated properties in most cases will then be removed and those allotments rezoned to allow for public open space or other community purposes. The intent is to create a clear floodway for future major flood events.

History has shown that continuing to build/upgrade flood levy walls is not a true safeguard from flooding.

Innovative projects such as the Industry Central Land Swap provide long term protection for relocating high value enterprises, allowing them confidence to reinvest and grow their businesses, providing more local jobs and thus benefiting the broader economy and social fabric of our community.

The first round of Expression Of Interest (EOI) ran from 26 November 2018 to 25 January 2019.

Tweed Shire Council has settled on 14.02 hectares of land as part of an unprecedented move to mitigate against climate change and create resilience for local businesses and the broader economy.The $3 million land purchase was funded by the NSW State Government.

This initiative will enable eligible land owners that were directly impacted by the 2017 flood in northern NSW to enter an expression of interest process and, if successful, swap their flood prone land with Council-owned flood free land at Industry Central, Murwillumbah.

Council has also made application for funding from the NSW Government's growing local economies fund to provide essential public infrastructure and to undertake subdivision of the land.

Many businesses in the South Murwillumbah industrial zone suffered significant loss as a consequence of the 2022 flood and therefore Council is now undertaking a second round of Expressions Of Interest (EOI) to identify suitable businesses who can be allocated the remaining four un-allocated industrial lots.

The EOI will run for a 28 day period and eligible interested land owners will be invited to lodge an application for participation in the Land Swap.