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  • Dates confirmed for second round of forums

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    A second round of community issues forums will be staged for the Rural Land Strategy in mid-July.

    Dates have been confirmed for a series of four forums, where consultants EnPlan Partners will present their findings to date and discuss issues confronting the future of rural land in the Tweed.


     

    Second round of Issues Forums:

    Wednesday 17 July

    • Cabarita Beach Sports Centre (Raiders) Tweed Coast Road from 10am-noon.
    • South Sea Islander Room at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads from 5.30-7.30pm.

     Thursday 18 July

    • Tyalgum Community Hall from 10am-noon.
    • Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah from 5.30-7.30pm.

    More than 150 Tweed residents took the opportunity to meet with Council officers during an initial round of Stage 2 Issues Forums during May and June.

    Further information, including a Draft Discussion Paper and Draft Resource Inventory and Rural Land Capability Assessment, are available on Council’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au from Tuesday 3 July 2013.

    Enquiries can be forwarded to Council’s Planning Reform Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

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  • Discussion paper released for public consideration

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    A Community Discussion Paper for the Tweed's Rural Land Strategy has been released by consultants EnPlan Partners.

    The community discussion paper was released on 2 July for consideration by the public before a second round of Stage 2 Issues Forums on 17 and 18 July 2013.

    Dates and details of the issues forums are available here

    EnPlan Partners has also created a Draft Resource Inventory and Land Capability Assessment, including a guide to resource materials relevant to rural land in Tweed Shire.

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  • Extra days for Rural Land Strategy feedback

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    Online forums and surveys for Council's Rural Land Strategy have been extended until the end of this week, to coincide with three community issues forums being held during the next few days.

    Council's Planning Reforms Unit is staging forums at:

    • Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre - Tuesday 4 June, 3-5pm
    • Piggabeen Hall - Wednesday 5 June, 3-5pm
    • Kingscliff Bowls Club - Thursday 6 June, 5.30-7.30pm

    "These forums are taking the discussion out to the communities, enabling residents to find out more about the Rural Land Strategy and give their input about how they would like rural land in the Tweed to look and feel over the next two decades," Senior Strategic Planner Stuart Russell said.

    "The online questionnaires and forums are further convenient ways for people to add their voice to the conversation, whenever and wherever it suits them.

    "While there has already been a fantastic response to the surveys, the rural land is a very important part of what gives the Tweed its distinctive character and we encourage everyone to provide their opinions."

    Click here to participate in the online surveys or here to get involved in the online forums.

    The surveys and online forums will close on Friday 7 June at 5pm.

    Enquiries can be forwarded to Council’s Planning Reform Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

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  • More issues forums

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    Three additional issues forums will be staged for Council's Rural Land Strategy next month, as part of the current series of community consultation sessions.

    More than 100 people attended the initial four forums - staged in Tyalgum, Chillingham, Burringbar and Murwillumbah last week - and Council resolved on Thursday to add further sessions in other parts of Tweed Shire:

    • Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre - Tuesday 4 June 3-5pm
    • Piggabeen Hall - Wednesday 5 June 3-5pm
    • Kingscliff Bowls Club - Thursday 6 June 5.30-7.30pm

    Community members also have until 31 May for provide input through online surveys and forums.

    The strategy is being developed to provide clear guidance about the future uses of rural land in the Tweed, to achieve an optimal balance of uses including farming, protection of the environment, tourism, rural industries and housing.

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  • Issues forums are underway

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    A series of community issues forums for the Rural Land Strategy got underway today, with forums in Tyalgum and Chillingham.

    A good mix of community representatives attended the opening forum in Tyalgum, raising many issues with the Council strategic planning staff on hand to answer their questions and record their input.

    The series continues tomorrow (Wednesday 15 May) with forums at the Burringbar Community Hall at 10am to noon and the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre auditorium from 7.30-9pm.

    The forums coincide with the recent launch of online forums for the Rural Land Strategy engagement campaign, giving community members further opportunity to join the discussion when and where it suits them.

     

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  • Many ways to have your say

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    Residents, business people, community organisations and other groups are being given a variety of ways to provide their input to the creation of Tweed Shire Council's first Rural Land Strategy.

    Community engagement will be an essential part of the strategy's development, particularly during Stages 2, 3 and 4 of the process when the majority of public consultation will occur.

    Attend a land owner forum

    A range of meetings and forums will be conducted throughout the year to give stakeholders and the community an opportunity to meet with Council officers and the consultants preparing the Rural Land Strategy.

    Issues forums

    Consultants from EnPlan Partners will be conducting the first round of community forums to discuss issues confronting rural landowners.  They will be held at:

    • Tuesday 14 May 2013, Tyalgum Hall, 10am -12pm;
    • Tuesday 14 May 2013, Chillingham Hall, 3pm - 5pm;
    • Wednesday 15 May 2013, Burringbar Hall, 10am -12pm; and
    • Wednesday 15 May 2013, Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre Auditorium, 7.30pm -9pm.

    Details of these and other forums will be announced on this site, Council's website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au and in the Tweed Link.

    Make a submission

    You are invited to make a submission on issues and options for the future of rural land in the Tweed.

     Written submissions can be made:

    Rural Land Strategy – Background and Issues Submission, General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484

    Submissions and comments on Stage 1 (Background) and Stage 2 (Issues) must be received by Council no later than close of business on Friday 31 May.

    Complete a survey

    Two surveys will be conducted to give community members a quick and easy way to provide input.

    Land holder survey

    A survey of rural landholders will provide insight to the nature of life on the land in the Tweed. The questionnaire is designed to help build a picture about community concerns and expectations about the present and future of our rural land. It asks questions about the history of rural holdings, about how the land is and could be used.

    Printed copies of the questionnaire will be mailed to all rural landholders in the Tweed.

    For an easier way to complete and submit the questionnaire, landholders can choose to complete the survey online instead by clicking here [insert hyperlink].

    Printed copies can be delivered to Council's offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, or posted to:

    Rural Land Strategy – Questionnaire, General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484

    Only original copies of the survey form will be accepted.  Photocopies of the survey form will not be accepted.

    Each landholder cannot submit an online and a printed copy of the survey.

    Community survey

    The landholder questionnaire will be complemented by an additional survey for the general community.

    It will evaluate general community opinions about rural land in the Tweed, and it current and potential future uses.

    It can be completed online. 

    Printed copies are available by contacting Council's Planning Reform Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

    Online forums

    Online forums will soon be available on the Your Say Tweed site, addressing a  range of topics to allow you to enter into conversation with others concerned about similar issues.  

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