Margaret Olley Art Centre receives national recognition

Tweed facility wins prestigious MAGNA Award

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre tonight won a prestigious national award from the peak Australian body for museums and galleries.


Photo caption:  An interior view of the Margaret Olley Art Centre at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.

The Gallery was presented with a Museums & Galleries National Award (MAGNA) in the Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout category at an awards ceremony at Sydney’s Town Hall.  Other finalists in this category included the Australian War Memorial, Royal Australian Mint, Shrine of Remembrance, the Australian Botanic Garden, Western Australian Museum and the Aviation Heritage Museum.

The award was accepted by Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM and Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green.  “The project was a culmination of great teamwork and the community working together and we certainly couldn’t have done without the commitment of Council and the resources of our support organisations – the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation and the Friends of the Gallery – and the work of the dedicated staff team,” Ms Muddiman said.


Photo caption: Chair of the board of Museums and Galleries NSW, Jennifer Barrett, MOAC’s first curator, Sally Watterson, Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman and CEO Museums & Galleries NSW, Michael Rolfe.

“The initial gift from the Margaret Olley Art Trust was the catalyst of a period of commitment which saw the Gallery rise to new levels.  “The Gallery is part of a commitment from Tweed Shire Council to cultural facilities in the Tweed, which also includes the stunning new Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah.”

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said all the Tweed could be proud of this great achievement.  “Last week I called Tweed the regional capital.  Today we have become a national leader.  Congratulations to all those who have throughout the years contributed to making our gallery a winner,” Councillor Bagnall said.

Council’s General Manager, Troy Green, said: “It was a very humbling experience to accept the award on behalf of the Tweed community, especially given the high calibre of the other finalists”.

“The award is testimony to the world class gallery that we have in the Tweed – something that every resident in the Tweed should be extremely proud of and have on their to-do list when friends and family are visiting them in the Tweed,” he said.

The $4.5 million Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) at the Tweed Regional Gallery celebrates the career, life and legacy of Margaret Olley AO (1923-2011), arguably Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.  The purpose-built extension to the Gallery, honours the wish of the late artist that her artist’s studio elements of her Paddington home in Sydney and her collections be re-created at Tweed Regional Gallery.

The MAGNAs recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects. The awards are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions who are members of Museums Australia.  The panel of judges was selected from staff at the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia and a member of the museum-going public.

Press release and photos courtesy of TSC Media Unit Friday 22/5/2015.


Shorebird protection campaign will target fox activity

A new campaign by Council and North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) will target foxes and work with local schools to protect shorebirds along the Tweed Coast.

Council and NCLLS will undertake fox control on Crown Land and Council-owned land along the coast between Kingscliff and Wooyung.  “Tweed Shire is home to a number of birds of high conservation value that nest on the ground, such as the Little Tern, the Beach Stone-curlew and the Pied Oystercatcher,” Council’s Pest Management Program Leader, Pam Gray, said.

"Shorebirds of the Tweed" signage at Chinderah Bay


Photo: “Shorebirds of the Tweed” signage at Chinderah Bay, by J. Palmer

“Introduced predators such as European foxes pose a significant threat to the successful breeding of shorebirds, because they feed on their eggs and chicks.”  Trained dogs will be used to locate fox dens in the targeted coastal areas and the dens will be fumigated to humanely euthanase the foxes.

The project to protect Tweed Coast shorebirds builds upon existing projects by Council, the NSW Environmental Trust and Birdlife Northern Rivers. Ms Gray said the fox control measures would be accompanied by a new education and awareness campaign about shorebird protection, focusing on schools in the area.

“We will provide education programs at two public schools on the Tweed Coast, to teach children about the shorebirds that call the Tweed home,” she said.

“The program will also raise awareness about the importance of protecting these shorebirds from the threats of predators and the potential impacts of people.  “School programs to educate young people are often one of the most effective way to spread the word about issues of animal conservation.”

For more information about the program, visit
or contact Pam Gray on (02) 6670 2400.

Originally published in Tweed Link Issue 906, 5 May 2015.