Friendly rivalry at State border for tonight’s State of Origin

Border marker sculpture lights up with blue and maroon

Tonight marks the third game in the 2016 State of Origin rugby league series and to celebrate the occasion, the prominent border marker sculpture at Tweed Heads/Coolangatta has been lit up with blue and maroon lights.

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Photo: Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, Banora Point resident Alan Rolph, Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey and Gold Coast City Councillor for Division 14, Gail O’Neil, at the launch of the border marker lights.

The revamp was the suggestion of Banora Point resident Alan Rolph, who felt the marker was looking a little drab and wrote to his local member, Geoff Provest.

With the cooperation of his Queensland counterpart, Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey and Gold Coast and Tweed Shire councils, the border marker is now lit from below with blue and maroon lights, making a striking display as the sun goes down.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said Tweed Shire Council maintains the border marker and the land surrounding it.
“We were happy to be involved in this cross-border collaboration, which highlights our friendship with our Queensland neighbours.” Councillor Milne said.

“It’s great to be putting some colour into the NSW/QLD border and at the same time making our lighting more sustainable.”
“The border marker is already a tourist attraction and lighting it with the blue and maroon lights in time for State of Origin 3 is going to create more interest and some friendly rivalry.

“In time, we will install environmentally-friendly LED lighting and colour combinations for other special events, such as green and Gold for the Commonwealth Games, red, black and yellow for NAIDOC Week or pink for breast cancer awareness,” she said.

Mr Rolph was at an informal ceremony as the lights turned on for the first time last night and was impressed.

“The idea came to me when I was sitting with friends at Twin Towns Services Club looking at the colour all around at night – except for the border marker, which looked dark and drab,” Mr Rolph said.

“My visitors always love to come down here to take photos – it’s very popular with tourists and will be even more so now.”

The border marker sculpture was erected in 2001 to mark the centenary of Federation.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
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See also Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Towns / Tweed Heads/Coolangatta and Centaur Memorial and Walk of Remembrance

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Vietnam beach tourism director takes on tips from the Tweed

In February, council hosted a member of the Da Nang City People’s Committee in Vietnam to share some tips and information on how coastal resources are managed in the Tweed.

Nguyen Duc Vu, or ‘Vu’, is Vice Director of the Eco Tourism and Sea Board in Da Nang, which manages beach tourism in Son Tra, an urban district of Da Nang in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam.

“I was fortunate to be shown aspects of land management by skilled members of the Council for which I am very grateful,” Vu said.

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Photo: Nguyen Duc Vu, Vice Director, Eco Tourism and Sea Board, Da Nang, and Jane Lofthouse, TSC Coordinator Natural Resource Management

While Vu is in Australia for one month to primarily study surf lifesaving and aquatic management, Council offered to show him aspects of land management that are relevant to his work in Vietnam.

Council’s Coordinator Natural Resource Management, Jane Lofthouse, visited various locations along the Tweed Coast with Vu, sharing coastal management tips used here in the Tweed.  “We looked at issues related to coastal erosion and recreational access management,” Ms Lofthouse said.

Da Nang coastal community faces similar issues to Council

“There are definitely similarities between Da Nang and the Tweed; one thing they have in common is the increasing pressure from tourism to the beautiful coastal areas.”

Vu said the time spent with Council learning about coastal management would be valuable to take back to Da Nang.  “I found the paperbark tree and its importance to your wetland areas very interesting,” he said.

“The Tweed Shire is a very beautiful area and you face the same challenges we do in Vietnam, to promote economic development while protecting the environment for all citizens.

“I have learned a great deal of information about lifesaving as well and I really appreciate the assistance given to me to enable me to travel to Australia on this study tour,” he said.  “You have a wonderful country.”

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom 

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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Government Services: LGAs, State and Federal reps,  and Environmental and research organisations in the Northern Rivers, NSW and Gold Coast region of QLD, Australia.