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.




  • 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.


  • Council a Green Globe Awards finalist

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    04 Nov 2019
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    Green Globe Awards

    Council is very proud to be announced as a finalist in the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Organisations’ category of the 20th anniversary of Green Globe Awards for our work as sustainability leaders.

    This includes a strong commitment to protecting our internationally significant environment, adapting to climate change with a flood risk strategy, planting almost 50,000 koala habitat trees, and growing the population of endangered bird species. Council’s Renewable Energy Action Plan has driven the installation of solar power in 16 Council facilities, reducing emissions by 1000 tonnes per year.

    Supporting sustainability leaders across New South Wales for 20 years, the annual Green Globe Awards are NSW's premier environmental awards, recognising and celebrating collaboration and partnerships that encourage others to achieve positive change and protect our environment.

    Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 27 November. Read more about the finalists at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/greenglobes


  • Duck in to chat to Council

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    04 Nov 2019
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    Kingscliff Duck Race

    The 2019 Kingscliff Rotary Duck Race is on Sunday 10 November from 9am – 11.30am at Ed Parker Rotary Park, Kingscliff.

    Council staff will be at the event to cheer on the duckies and promote the ‘Emergency Dashboard’, an online tool to help you find the information you need in an emergency, storm, fire or flood.

    Visit the Council stall to sign up for the online engagement portal ‘Your Say Tweed’ and have your say on what is happening across the Tweed.

    Council’s friendly Coastal Ranger will also be available to have a chat about the dog zones across the Tweed Coast and provide handy pocket sized maps to help you locate the on and off-leash dog areas.

    North East Waste will be representing Council with their ‘less to landfill’ tent and will be available to chat about composting, worm farms and what goes in the green, yellow and red bins. They will also have free compostable liners and reusable bags to give away until supplies last.

    Find out more about the duck race at www.kingscliffrotary.com.au/event/kingscliff-rotary-duck-race-2019/


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

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    25 Oct 2019
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    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
  • Is your nomination in yet?

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    09 Oct 2019
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    There’s not much time left to nominate your school, sporting club or a member of the community for a 2019 Australia Day award. Nominations for this year’s awards close on Friday 18 October 2019.

    The six award categories are:

    • Citizen of the Year
    • Young Achiever in Community Service
    • Arts and Cultural Achievement Award
    • Sporting Achievement
    • Community Event of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year

    For more information visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDay

  • Council wins 2019 NSW Resilient Australia Award

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    09 Oct 2019
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    General Manager Troy Green and Ray Musgrave with the award

    Council has been named as a 2019 NSW Resilient Australia Award winner for the Industry Central Land Swap Project. Celebrating their 20th year, this national awards program recognises and promotes initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience.

    The Industrial Land Swap project has created an innovative solution to assist selected landowners and businesses located within the high risk flood zone in the South Murwillumbah industrial precinct to relocate to flood free land via a land swap agreement.

    The strategy was developed following 2017 ex-tropical cyclone Debbie, which highlighted the profound impact losses to local businesses would have on the wider community.

    Find out more


  • Fingal community help design new park upgrades

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    09 Oct 2019
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    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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  • Tweed park scores funding thanks to community support

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    09 Sep 2019
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    A new kids' outdoor gym and park in Tweed Heads is one of 248 projects that will receive funding from the NSW Government's My Community Project program.

    The $106,408 grant will see Jack Chard Park, Tweed Heads revitalised to include a kids' outdoor gym, landscaping, seating and pathways over the next 12 months. Council would like to thank the community for supporting the program by voting for local projects.

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  • New legislation seeks to improve engagement with the community

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    09 Sep 2019
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    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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    28 Aug 2019
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    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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