Tweed Regional Museum showcases recent additions

An original record of the daily happenings at Condong’s sugar mill in 1880 is just one of the ‘old but new’ acquisitions of Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum, on display now.

The Museum collection includes thousands of individual items gathered over more than 50 years, but history doesn’t stop, and new items are continually being added to the collection.

Museum Director Judy Kean the exhibition, titled What’s New?, showcases these artefacts.  TRMfamily976EL50
Photograph by David Palmer

“Each new addition to the collection brings with it a glimpse into our past,” Ms Kean said.

“We’re very aware that in 20 years’ time and sooner, people will be curious about what was going on in the Tweed in 2015.

What’s New? gives us the opportunity to feature just some of the many significant donations to the Museum over the past couple of years. The oldest ‘new’ acquisition currently on display dates back to 1880, and the most recent to 2013,” she said.

“We’re particularly grateful to those who have parted with treasured items, generously donating them to the Museum so they can be preserved and shared with future generations.”

Ms Kean said the first selection for What’s New? included the original ledger recording the activities of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) mill at Condong from its establishment in 1880, alongside a model of the first 747SP (Special Performance) aircraft purchased for the QANTAS fleet in 1981, named City of Gold Coast Tweed.

“We have also included tools from the studio of well-known Stokers Siding potter Bob Connery who passed away in 2013,” she said.

“Only a small portion of the collection can be on display at any one time and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to get things ready, so we’ve put together a short sequence of images featuring objects being prepared for display.”

Behind the scenes at the Museum Store

“If visitors enjoy seeing this little bit of what goes on behind the scenes, and the diversity of the collection, they may enjoy a tour of the Museum collection store. We are often asked about where everything not currently on display is kept, and our store is something of an Aladdin’s cave.”

Free tours of the Tweed Regional Museum store are available on the third Thursday of every month at 11am. The next tour will be held on 21 January 2016.

Each tour is led by a Museum staff member and takes about an hour. Bookings are essential Tel: (02) 6670 2493 or

What’s New? is part of the summer season of displays now open at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah.

Tweed Shire Council Newsroom


See also  Tweed Regional Museum – Murwillumbah at Big Volcano


Razorback Lookout reopened

New handrails and facelift for culturally significant landmark

Tom Beatson Outlook at Tweed Heads reopened to the public last week, following construction of a new safety railing along the walkway.

The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, had been closed since April because of safety concerns about the existing railing.

Community consultation revealed high demand for public access to be restored and Council designed a cost-effective option to replace the railing, utilising the existing concrete path.

Razorback_TomBeatsonLookout_160225_660 Photo caption: TURSA trainees worked with Council officers to give Tom Beatson Outlook a facelift before the reopening of the park.

Job Active trainees from TURSA, working with Council Parks and Gardens staff, have mowed the park and repainted the benches and shelters in preparation for the reopening.

“Razorback is an amazing scenic location for Tweed Heads and is also a place of cultural significance for the Aboriginal community,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.

“With our region being recognised as a National Iconic Landscape, it’s important to invest in and celebrate beautiful locations such as these to maintain the integrity of our shire’s natural and cultural heritage.”

Council’s Community Development Officer – Aboriginal, Rob Appo, said it was a particularly important cultural site for the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.  “The plateau is connected to a very old Aboriginal story about the place where the pelicans played,” he said.

“Joongurrabah is listed as a place of cultural significance in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.”

Director Community and Natural Resources Tracey Stinson said Council was highly conscious of the lookout’s importance to many members of the community and found a safe and cost-effective option to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.

“Razorback means a great deal to a lot of Tweed residents, either because of a landmark moment in their lives or simply as a destination for walks or to take visitors to the area,” Ms Stinson said.  “That was evident by the number of residents who attended an information stall we held at Razorback soon after the walkway was closed.

“The outlook also offers one of the most spectacular 360-degree views of our stunning district.”

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

Family holiday apartments accommodation directory – Big Volcano Visitor Guide

Are you still looking for family holiday accommodation for your summer break?

Well then, here’s a comprehensive directory of holiday apartments, vacation rentals and high rise units in the region, ranging from Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads in New South Wales, up to Coolangatta and the southern Gold Coast in Queensland, with web site links and phone numbers for quick contacts.

pool02EEL30 Photo caption: Sunrise Cove Waterfront Holiday Apartments by David Palmer ©

There is also a smattering of Broadbeach and Surfers high rise apartments, with instant real-time booking links available.

The page is spilt into Holiday apartments which are usually in a resort complex, and no more than 3 stories walk-up.  These units will have separate bedrooms, lounge and dining room, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom/s and laundry. Bed linen and bath towels are usually included, or available for hire.

Hi Rise apartments are over 4 storeys with lift access, and usually have onsite resident managers.  AS well as fully self catering apartments, the on-site facilities will usually include at least a swimming pool, BBQ, gym or other recreation facilities, and a tour desk with booking services is usually available. 

Often located close to the local action, if you don’t feel like cooking, it’s then just a stroll to the nearest restaurant strip, with some also having an in-house or onsite restaurant, so you don’t even need to leave the complex if that’s your choice.

Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour on display at Tweed Regional Gallery

Nationally prestigious touring exhibition comes to Tweed

The winning portrait of the 2015 Archibald Prize, along with all the 2015 finalists, is part of a regional touring exhibition.  Opening on Friday January 15th 2016, the event also includes a grand Gala Opening and Cocktail party at 7pm, by Dr Michael Brand, Director  of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the 2015 winning artist Nigel Milsom, the Gallery’s special guest.

The Archibald Prize 2015, an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition, will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 15 January to 28 February 2016.

The exhibition is arguably the nation’s most famous and popular Prize, awarding $100,000 to the winning artist. Entries must be painted in the past year, from at least one live sitting with the artist.

The touring exhibition includes all 2015 finalists from the much-loved portraiture prize, held annually by the Art Gallery of NSW.

2015 Archibald Prize finalist
Juan Ford
A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt's most intense moments (I can't decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain
oil on linen
137 x 153 cm
© the artist
Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

**This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the 2015 Archibald Prize competition, on display 18 July to 27 September 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***Media contact:
Photo caption: Juan Ford, A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt’s most intense moments (I can’t decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain, oil on linen, 137 x 153cm, © the artist, Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins.

After the highly-anticipated exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the regional tour provides audiences outside of Sydney an opportunity to experience and enjoy the Archibald Prize in their local community.

In addition to viewing the popular exhibition, visitors to Tweed Regional Gallery will enjoy a range of programs associated with the Archibald Prize 2015 including voting for People’s Choice, viewing the Young Archies exhibition and participating in the Children’s Trail activity.

The Art Gallery of NSW also provides a host of online resources for visitors of the regional tour, including a mobile exhibition guide and education resources, so visitors are encouraged to bring along a mobile headset. For more information, visit

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said the Gallery was thrilled to host the exhibition.

“It’s great to see and hear the Gallery buzzing with keen visitors and sharing their opinions on the finalists,” Ms Muddiman said.

“This is a wonderful show to host over the holiday period and start the New Year with; we are definitely expecting crowds.”

The Gallery has made every effort to keep ticket prices affordable for all community members. Individual and family tickets to the Archibald Prize 2015 may be purchased at the Gallery on the day of your visit. School and bus groups must arrange and pay for their visit in advance on

Prices are as follows:
•      Adult – $10
•      Gallery Friend or Foundation member – $7
•      Concession or child aged 5 – 17 years – $8
•      Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) – $26
•      Children under five years – free
•      Bus group booking – $8 per person
•      School/education group booking – $6 per person

Gala Opening of the Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour

Tweed Regional Gallery will host a Gala Opening of the Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour on 15 January 2016 from 7pm to 9pm (DST time).

This ticketed event includes a cocktail party and official opening by Dr Michael Brand, Director – Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Artist Nigel Milsom, the winner of the Archibald Prize 2015, will also be the Gallery’s special guest.

Tickets are $75 or $65 for Gallery Friends and Foundation members, and include catering by the Gallery Cafe. Numbers are strictly limited and bookings are essential for this event. To secure a ticket, contact the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790.

The Archibald Prize 2015 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre – Big Volcano Visitor Guide

Shorebird awareness right in time for school holidays

Residents of the Tweed flocking to the beach this holiday season will be reminded to take care around shorebirds, thanks to a program by Tweed Shire Council, NSW Local Land Services, Birdlife Northern Rivers and Tweed Landcare, and local Tweed schools.

Signs created by students of Fingal Head and Bogangar Public Schools are now out and about, warning keen beachgoers to stay a distance away and keep their dogs on leashes to protect the endangered birds.

Council’s Program Leader – Pest Management, Pam Gray, said it was especially important to give the birds space at this time of year.

Fingal_Head_PS_students094242_800 Fingal Head Public School students Urias Miller, Taj Krasna, Ruby-Lee Schofield, Tulasi Krasna, Molly Kirk and Jade Tatam-Lube show off their colourful signs to create awareness in the community about endangered shorebirds.

“Beaches and islands that were once isolated are now busy with boats, beach goers and their pets, which means the birds no longer have anywhere quiet to nest, feed or roost,” Ms Gray said.

“It’s important to keep this in mind while we enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Tweed these holidays.”

She said students enjoyed creating vibrant paintings with important messages that were turned into corflute signs and placed along beach entrances.

“Students learnt how to identify the birds that nest on their local beach and read any signage when entering the beach.

“The five species of beach-nesting birds on the Tweed Coast are the Australian Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher, Beach Stone-Curlew, Little Tern and the Red Capped Plover, all of which are now in danger of extinction,” Ms Gray said.

“Students also learnt about their needs for survival and what we can do to help, for example, staying a fair distance away from the birds, staying close to the water’s edge when walking or jogging and away from soft sand where they nest and hatch and, importantly, to keep their dogs on leashes.

“It has been a wonderful program, and the students at each of the schools were great to spend time with.  They all worked really hard to make these signs.”

The shorebird breeding season extends from June until late March.

For more information on the Tweed’s beach nesting shorebirds, visit


Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

Sunday songs: Art Gallery to be filled with joyful voices

Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir brings Christmas spirit to Tweed Regional Gallery.

As they do every year, the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir will be sharing the joy of Christmas with visitors of Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The Gallery’s Curator – Public Programs, Anouk Beck, said the free choir performance would be held on Sunday 13 December at 1pm.


Photo caption: The Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir performs at Tweed Regional Gallery, as they do every year.

“Join the choir in the Gallery foyer for a beautiful rendition of selected Christmas favourites and seasonal songs, accompanied by Beth Brooks on piano,” Ms Beck said.  “As the performance is an annual favourite for Gallery visitors, we provide some seating as many people enjoy listening for the duration of the performance.

“The choir also provide song sheets so the community can join in.”

WHAT:           Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir
WHEN:           Sunday 13 December 2015, 1pm – 2pm (NSW daylight saving time)
WHERE:          Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre,
2 Mistral Road (corner Tweed Valley Way),
Murwillumbah NSW 2484

COST:             Free

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Media Unit.