Making decisions together

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At Tweed Shire Council, we share the community’s passion and pride in the Tweed. We are committed to work together to preserve the Tweed lifestyle, our natural environment and make better decisions as a community-led Council.

We welcome the combined experience, imagination and common sense of the Tweed community to guide Council decision-making. As a community, we will grow and learn from each other and, in turn, Council decisions will be more aligned to community aspirations.




At Tweed Shire Council, we share the community’s passion and pride in the Tweed. We are committed to work together to preserve the Tweed lifestyle, our natural environment and make better decisions as a community-led Council.

We welcome the combined experience, imagination and common sense of the Tweed community to guide Council decision-making. As a community, we will grow and learn from each other and, in turn, Council decisions will be more aligned to community aspirations.




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  • Community representatives receive briefing ahead of exhibition

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    5 months ago

    Representatives of resident and ratepayer groups, business and industry groups and environment groups received a briefing on the upcoming exhibition of the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement at a special edition Stakeholder Forum held in Tweed Heads recently.

    The draft Tweed Local Strategic Planning Statement, ‘the Statement’, sets out the 20 year vision for land-use planning in the Tweed. It describes the special characteristics that contribute to the Tweed’s local identity, the shared values the community want to maintain and enhance, and how growth and change will be managed into the future.

    The Statement sets clear planning priorities required to support our community’s social, environmental and economic land-use needs into the future, including where these are best located and when they will be delivered. To meet the community’s future vision, it also outlines short, medium and long term actions to deliver on these priorities.

    The draft Statement will be on exhibition for public comment from Tuesday 3 March 2020 to Friday 3 April 2020.


  • Thank you for having your say in 2019

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    6 months ago

    In 2019 many people in our community had their say to make sure that the community's voice was heard. Feedback from the community on projects that affect them is essential to ensure that Councillors can consider this in making their final decisions.

    Here's how the Tweed community had their say on Council projects (non-DA) in 2019.


  • Roundtable discussions strengthen relationships with community groups

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    9 months ago

    Representatives of resident and ratepayer groups; business and industry groups; and environmental groups from across the Tweed joined our Mayor, Councillors, General Manager and Executive Leadership team to discuss upcoming Council priorities at a Stakeholder Forum in November.

    The group participated in roundtable discussions on Environmental Zones (E-Zones), Water Strategies Review and the Coastal Management Plan.

    The Resident, Environment, Industry Group Roundtable Stakeholder Forum is held three times a year and is a key initiative in Tweed Shire Council's Community Engagement Strategy It’s designed to improve ‘ground up’ engagement and strengthen relationships with official groups across the Tweed.

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  • Locals show up in numbers to have their say on future of Chinderah

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    10 months ago

    Community Conversation

    One hundred and forty people representing long-term residents, business owners, regular visitors, local Aboriginal and South Sea Islander communities and community groups attended two Community Conversations at Cudgen Leagues Club recently to share their vision for the future of their local area.

    “We just think that it is good that the Council has brought us all together to discuss this subject and hope that we are all listened to and our views acted upon,” said one attendee.

    Vince Connell, Director Planning and Regulation said it was important that the community’s vision for the future of Chinderah was central to Council’s decision-making about how Chinderah changes over time.

    “Council is committed to making decisions in partnership with the community and these Community Conversations were the first step in that process,” Mr Connell said.

    The feedback received from the Community Conversations will help Council create a shared community vision for the future of Chinderah to guide development of the Chinderah Locality Plan.

    “The Locality Plan will combine the community vision with analysis, objectives and actions that will guide future decision making about the improvement of public spaces, infrastructure and how land in Chinderah can be used. It will help ensure the community’s vision for Chinderah is achieved over the coming years.”

    These Community Conversations were the first step in developing the Chinderah Locality Plan.

    To view the community feedback from the Community Conversations and to have your say visit www.yoursaytweed.com.au/FutureofChinderah
  • Fingal community help design new park upgrades

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    10 months ago

    Almost 100 Fingal Head locals attended a Family Fun Day in Fingal Foreshore Park to chat with Council staff about their ideas and designs for the park including the choice of new play equipment.

    The event also enabled locals to have their say about what they would like to see for the future of Fingal Head.

    The community enjoyed a free BBQ and kids activities on a beautiful day on the Tweed coast.

    Council would like to thank all of those who attended the event and took the time to provide their input to help create a space that the whole community can enjoy.

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  • New legislation seeks to improve engagement with the community

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    11 months ago

    In an effort to increase community participation in environmental planning and assessment, Council is currently preparing a Community Participation Plan (CPP). CPPs are designed to make it easier for the community to understand how to participate in planning matters in NSW and are a requirement of recent updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

    In 2019 alone, Tweed Shire Council has conducted over 50 community engagement activities to seek community feedback on Council projects. Many of these engagement opportunities have been for planning matters because we believe it is essential that the community has an opportunity to have their say about the use of land in the Tweed. Whether it be contributing feedback to long-term plans that help set the vision for their local area or sharing their opinion on particular developments, the community is central to all planning decisions.

    Council will amend its Community Engagement Strategy to incorporate the legislative requirements for a Community Participation Plan and will place the draft amended Community Engagement and Participation Plan on exhibition later this year so that the community has an opportunity to make comment.

    You can read more about Community Participation Plans on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

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  • Community representatives have their say

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    12 months ago


    Representatives of community groups across the Tweed joined our Mayor, Councillors, General Manager and Executive Leadership team to discuss upcoming Council priorities at a Stakeholder Forum in August. The group participated in roundtable discussions on on Council's Community Engagement Strategy, development of a new Community Development Strategy and the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre Masterplan.

    The Resident, Environment, Industry Group Roundtable Stakeholder Forum is held three times a year and is a key initiative in Tweed Shire Council's Community Engagement Strategy. It’s designed to improve ‘ground up’ engagement and improve relationships with official groups across the Tweed.



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