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.




  • Thank you for having your say in 2019

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    11 Feb 2020
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    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.


  • Rain delivers reprieve from harsher water restrictions

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    20 Jan 2020


    Water restrictions in Tyalgum could be lifted as early as tomorrow after weekend rain filled the newly refurbished village weir.

    Across the rest of the Tweed, Level 2 restrictions will remain in effect but the move to Level 3 restrictions has delayed by at least 10 weeks.

    "Falls of up to 180mm in the catchment have given us the reprieve we so badly wanted," Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham said. "But we are not out of the woods yet and need good follow-up rain to fill Clarrie Hall Dam."

    The weekend rain lifted the water level in the dam from 68 per cent on Friday to 79 per cent today and the Tweed River and its feeder creeks are flowing again.

    "With the height of the Tweed River now at 1.2 metres at Bray Park Weir, we are no longer reliant on releases from the dam to supply drinking water to the community.

    "But the rain in the catchment has now stopped and there is no more forecast for this coming week so we are still looking at life under Level 2 water restrictions for some time yet."

    Mr Burnham said that further rains should deliver greater run-off into the dam and waterways as the thirsty soils would have soaked up much of the weekend rain.

    Today Council begun work to get the Tyalgum Water Treatment Plant back online as the newly refurbished weir is full.

    "We are working to lift all water restrictions in Tyalgum by as early as tomorrow but the restriction on carting water from that supply will remain in force."

    Council has been tankering water to Tyalgum from the main town water supply since early November after the village weir level fell very low and the quality of the raw water was no longer suitable for treatment.

    Taking advantage of the time offline, Council sought urgent approval to undertake improvement and essential maintenance works at the weir.

    Workers excavated 1.5 metres of silt out of the bottom of the weir, restoring the weir pool to its original footprint.

    They stabilised the weir banks with rocks to prevent further erosion around the extraction inlet structure and to the adjacent land.
  • Tweed urged to get back on track and save water now

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    09 Jan 2020
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    Tweed residents are urged to re-focus on saving water after the holidays to ensure the Tweed's drinking water supply lasts as long as possible.

    Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham said up to Christmas the community responded well to Level 2 water restrictions (and Level 4 in Tyalgum) but since then consumption has been rising again.

    "On our current trajectory, we will be introducing Level 3 water restrictions in early February and then the severest Level 4 restrictions by the end of February," Mr Burnham said.

    "This timeline strongly demonstrates the very serious situation the Tweed faces and should prompt everyone to heed our call to action and save water now.

    "We need to get back on track quickly as we cannot afford higher levels of water use as we only have one small dam supplying the entire community. Currently Clarrie Hall Dam is at 70.8 per cent capacity and falling nearly two per cent a week."

    Mr Burnham said while Council would continue to promote and inform the community on what water uses were banned or limited under Level 2 restrictions, it would now ramp up compliance and enforcement actions.

    "If anyone breaches the current water restrictions, they can expect a polite notice in their letterbox once. Any further breaches, they can expect a fine of $220 every time," he said.

    Bureau of Meteorology figures have confirmed 2019 the driest year on record at Bray Park, with only 716.7mm of rain recorded, less than half the average of 1571mm. In 2002 when the Tweed last went to Level 4 water restrictions, the annual rainfall was higher at 767.5mm for the year.

    Since records began there have only been five other years when the recorded rainfall at Bray Park dipped below 1000mm: 2002, 767.5mm; 1986, 846.0mm; 1915, 863.0mm; 1902, 742.6mm; and, 1885, 754.0mm.

    The bureau also has confirmed that soil moisture levels are very low (heading towards the one percentile), suggesting that any rain received will be taken up by the soil and result in little to no run-off to replenish the water supply. What is needed is significant steady rain.

    The outlook is poor, with the bureau forecasting a 35 to 40 per cent chance of receiving median rainfall or above from February to March - and only a 50 per cent chance of getting just 70 per cent of that amount.

    On the temperature front, the bureau forecasts an 80 per cent chance of higher than median temperatures.
    "These statistics and forecasts are evidence that the Tweed is in the grips of a prolonged and serious drought," Mr Burnham said.

    "While we did receive 59mm in the catchment on Christmas Eve which allowed us to stop releasing water from the dam for three days, we are again releasing water every day to meet demand and the dam level is continuing to fall."

    To find out how to save water and what the water restrictions mean for you, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/savewaternow

  • Mayor launches Save Water Now education blitz

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    18 Dec 2019
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    Tweed Mayor Cr Katie Milne today launched a massive education campaign to promote the message to Save Water Now by reminding residents that 'we're all in this together'.

    Making her pitch to Christmas shoppers in person at Tweed City, Cr Milne urged everyone to get on board and make it a fun challenge to save as much water as possible.

    "We are hoping on average everyone can save at least 50 litres of water per person per day," Cr Milne said.

    "Fifty litres is only five normal household buckets. We would love you to save much more if you can."

    Willow the Water Drop and Council officers assisted Cr Milne to hand out shower timers, mailbox and bumper stickers and a handy card about the level 2 water restrictions and how to save water in both the yard and the house.

    "It's amazing how little water you can actually get by on," said Cr Milne. "Why not set up a competition between family members, friends or neighbours in your street to see who can save the most.

    "We need everyone to pull together to reduce our use and save our limited supply.

    "The dam is losing water much faster than predicted and significant rain is not predicted for months.

    "Please forget about buying water using toys this year, but do spare a little for our thirsty wildlife by putting a small bowl of water in a strategic place in your garden."

    The campaign will continue at Tweed City through to Sunday 15 December, before moving to The Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre and a street walk on Monday 16 December.

    On Tuesday 17 December the Save Water Now campaign will be at the Kingscliff Shopping Village and on Wednesday 18 December at the Sunnyside Shopping Centre in Murwillumbah.

    The campaign then returns to Tweed Heads on Thursday and Friday 19 and 20 December when it will set up at Tweed Mall, before returning to Tweed City on Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 December.

    Shoppers are urged to take the time to chat to the Save Water Now team about what they can do to save water.


    For more information on level 2 water restrictions and ways to save water, see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/SaveWaterNow and www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WaterRestrictions.

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  • Nominate a senior in your life who deserves recognition

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    18 Dec 2019
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    Do you know a senior who deserves recognition for the great work they do in the community?

    Nominations are now open for the NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards which are run as part of the 2020 NSW Seniors Festival. The awards provide an opportunity for local MPs and the community to recognise the seniors that help make their community a diverse, active and inspiring place to live.

    Nominations must be received by 18 January 2020 and presentation to successful nominees will be made at the Seniors Festival opening ceremony, held on Wednesday 12 February at 10am at the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre Auditorium.

    Everyone is welcome to attend the opening ceremony which will include entertainment, light refreshments and an opportunity to enjoy a fun morning celebrating with your community. Download a nomination form or register your attendance for the opening ceremony at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/SeniorsFestival

    State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the theme of this year's festival is 'Love to Celebrate' and there are plenty of ways to have fun in the Tweed with a range of events to suit every interest.

    "The NSW Seniors Festival brings people together, encourages seniors to try something new and fosters a great community spirit," Mr Provest said.

    State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin said the Tweed Seniors Festival is a great opportunity for local seniors to participate in the community and live active, healthy and social lives.

    "The Festival will give seniors the opportunity to get involved in exciting activities with friends and family, meet others, and share their insights and experiences," Ms Saffin said.

    The NSW Seniors Festival runs from Wednesday 12 February to Sunday 23 February 2020 and the Tweed will once again be hosting a full program of events for seniors to get involved in.

    Council's Acting Manager Community and Cultural Services, Joanne Watters said it is all about creating a fun opportunity for seniors to participate in community events.

    "Events will be open to all seniors, and will focus on and celebrate the valuable contribution seniors have made, and continue to make, to the life of our community," Ms Watters said.

    "The 12 days of festivities will include activities such as morning teas, concerts, social get-togethers or special film screenings, leisure, health activities, demonstrations, tours, exhibitions, classes and activities," she said.

    The program of events will be available on Council's website in early 2020 and locations across the Tweed.

    Keep an eye on the Tweed Link in your local free newspaper next year for information about the Tweed Shire Seniors Festival program. You can also subscribe to receive the Tweed Link for free in your inbox each week at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/subscribe

  • Youth Council delivers great results for the environment

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    18 Dec 2019
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    The 2019 Youth Council recently wrapped up their last meeting for the year.

    The Youth Council is an advisory committee established to respond to issues relevant to young people aged 12 to 24 years and provide an opportunity for Council to develop better relations with Tweed's young people.

    This year, the Youth Council was comprised of 17 motivated students from seven high schools across the Tweed.

    Youth Council member, Jazmine Cooke from Tweed River High School made some great on some fantastic environmental initiatives, including a successful nomination to YMCA NSW Youth Parliament where she worked on a bill to ban single use plastics that went on to be adopted.

    She also developed an environmental project in partnership with Tweed Heads South Primary School, to educate children on their environmental impact, to reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions.

    To further student learning, Jazmine spoke at the school assembly about climate change, pitching the idea to start a student 'Green Team'.

    "It was exciting to see students were keen to join, almost everyone in the room raised their hand," Ms Cooke said. Jazmine also spoke at the 2019 World Environment Day alongside Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne about environmental initiatives.

    It's been a busy and successful year for Jazmine, who also shared the Academic and Leadership Award at the BASE Youth Leadership Awards with Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School's Chloe Green.

    At the final meeting for the year, each young person was asked to express their Youth Council highlight and sentiments included, "I liked learning how Council works" and "I enjoyed learning from peers interested in similar issues".

    Council's Director Sustainable Communities and Environment Tracey Stinson and Senior Program Leader - Waterways, Tom Alletson presented the draft Climate Change policy to Youth Council members recently and the young people have been encouraged to provide feedback on the policy.

    "The young people have a genuine concern for their community, the environment and the impacts of climate change and appreciated learning about Council's role in this and its future plans," Ms Stinson said.

    To find out more about Youth Council and young people in the Tweed visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/YoungPeople


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  • Improving transparency of Council decision making

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    18 Dec 2019
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    Have you ever wanted to find out what happened at a Council meeting but were unable to attend? Soon you'll be able to catch up online.

    Tweed Shire Council will soon start webcasting Council meetings to increase the transparency of Council decision making, enable access for members of our community who are unable to attend in person and comply with new State requirements.

    Visitors to the website will have the option to view the entire meeting, or only those sections of the meeting they are interested in thanks to a new agenda and meeting management system that will integrate the Council meeting minutes with the webcast.

    To allow for the minutes of the meeting to be uploaded at the same time as the webcast, the recorded Council meeting will be posted to Council's website the day following the meeting - a delay of less than 24 hours.

    The first scheduled webcast for Council will be the Planning Committee meeting to be held on 6 February 2020.

    For more information on Council meetings, and to read Council's Code of Meeting Practice, visit: https://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/CouncilMeetings

  • Save Water Now – Level 2 Water Restrictions in force from Friday 13 December

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    10 Dec 2019
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    Level 2 Water Restrictions come into effect for Tweed residents from Friday, 13 December.

    The level of Clarrie Hall Dam is at 77 per cent and falling 1.8 per cent a week against an original estimate of one per cent a week.

    Tyalgum customers remain on the most severe level of water restrictions at Level 4.

    Council will launch its Save Water Now education campaign on Friday to raise awareness of what Level 2 water restrictions mean and how best to save water.

    This week’s average water use figure of 194 litres per person per day shows that everyone has to find ways to save 50 litres of water a day, that’s five household plastic buckets; or, for a family of four, a standard bathtub filled to the brim.

    The easiest way to save water is to reduce your outdoor water use, have shorter showers, fix any leaks and dripping taps and make sure your rainwater tank top-up system is working correctly and not being topped up by the town water supply unnecessarily.

    For more information see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WaterRestrictions

  • Roundtable discussions strengthen relationships with community groups

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    19 Nov 2019
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    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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  • Tweed Sustainability Award winners announced - Celebrating the achievements of 40 inspiring people and projects

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    18 Nov 2019
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    Some of the Tweed's most deserving environmental champions took home trophies at Tweed Shire Council's inaugural Tweed Sustainability Awards showcase, held on 15 November in Murwillumbah.

    The awards highlighted a range of environmental initiatives active in the Tweed, and to go with the theme, everything involved in the awards was done with sustainability in mind, including the trophies crafted from reclaimed timber, the recycled or local dress code and food from locally sourced and native ingredients.

    Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said this community Sustainability Awards event, which is a first of its kind for Tweed, has been a great opportunity for Council and the community to express gratitude and acknowledge the achievements of forty inspiring people and projects.

    "Our huge congratulations and heartfelt thank you goes out to all the nominees for rising to the challenge of addressing our biodiversity crisis and climate emergency," Cr Milne said.

    "They are an inspiring group of people, who are teaching and leading the way in protecting our precious Earth and making our world a better place. And thank you to all those who supported their efforts by voting for their favourite project and to all those other sustainability champions we have not heard from yet," she said.

    Council's Program Leader - Sustainability Debbie Firestone said the Tweed has so many hard working people active across our community with a deep passion and commitment to preserving and enhancing our environment.

    "It's been a great thrill to shine a spotlight on the amazing work they do and to see how strong their support network is through the People's Choice voting," Ms Firestone said.

    The following people, groups and organisations were the award recipients:

    Regenerative Agriculture Category: Trophy winner: All Natural Meat Co

    Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Category: Trophy winner: Green Heroes

    Tweed Sustainability Category:
    • Youth Trophy winner: Josh Carpenter, Tackle Bin Project
    • School Trophy winner: St Ambrose Student Green Team
    • Community Group Trophy winner: Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre
    • Business Trophy winner: Summerland Credit Union
    • Adult Trophy winner: The late Claire Masters

    People's Choice Vote winners:

    • Regenerative Agriculture: Matthew and Henry Prichard, Cudgen Road Farms Pty Ltd
    • Wildlife & Habitat Conservation: Team Koala
    • Sustainability - Youth: Alyce Togo
    • Sustainability - Schools: Sathya Sai College
    • Sustainability - Community Groups: Nature Explorers
    • Sustainability - Adult: Claire Masters
    • Sustainability - Business: Gary Bagnall, New Leaf Cafe
    For the full list of winners and details visit, www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/SustainabilityAwards.