Mt Warning Road and National Park reopens tomorrow

350 road flood jobs done, 1200 to go

Mt Warning Road has been made safe following the March 30 floods and will reopen to all motorists on Monday (29 May 2017) under stop/go traffic control.

The National Park will reopen from Monday as well.

korrumbynCrk_MtWarningRd_2142_M600Photo: Korrumbyn Creek, Mt Warning Road 2013.  J. Palmer 

Flood repair works on the road will continue for some time yet as only the critical safety repairs have been completed to date. At some time, the road may need to be closed again as additional repair work is scheduled.

Motorists are advised to watch for traffic controllers on Mt Warning Road and other Tweed roads as flood repair works continue. In particular, they are urged to take extra caution even after light rain as many roadside environs are still saturated and prone to slippage and rock falls in the wet.

“The road you travel on today may not be the same road tomorrow,” said Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney. “Please expect the unexpected, especially after rain.”

Council’s road network sustained considerable damage in the floods, with more than 1500 individual road and bridge defects identified. To date, Council staff and contractors have completed around 350 of the simpler and most urgent repairs.

Council is engaging more contractors to help continue the flood restoration works as Council staff must begin to return to Council’s normal program of construction works.

“Realistically, it will be 12 months before we have most of the damage fixed,” said Mr Mackney. “Some more complicated or lower-priority jobs may take up to three years before they can be scheduled and completed.

“We ask Tweed motorists to be patient as we work through this significant list.”

Repairs are prioritised based on a number of factors, including safety.

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See also WOLLUMBIN (MOUNT WARNING) NATIONAL PARK and Mount Warning Climb – The Big Climb.

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

Nimbin Transfer Station upgrade makes recycling easier

This was originally published on 29/4/16, so the finishing touches have probably all been completed by now.

News Release:

There may be a few finishing touches to go, but the bulk of the Nimbin Transfer Station upgrade is complete, with a new drop-off area for waste and recycling.

Where it was previously messy and difficult to lift items into the skips, locals can now drive onto an elevated platform to quickly and easily place items in the three skips provided.

Council’s Waste Operations Coordinator Kevin Trustum said the upgrade also includes new security fencing and a new gatehouse, improved roads and better amenities. He said this work is still underway and urged residents to follow traffic control when on-site.

“We ask people to please be aware that the way you enter and exit the facility has changed, so just be mindful of this when you next visit,” Kevin said.

“The Nimbin Transfer Station was looking very old and tired, and was not up to today’s safety standards. These simple but essential works have made the facility a much more convenient and pleasant place for locals to visit.”

The Nimbin Transfer Station is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

Courtesy: Lismore City Council Media
Originally published 29/4/16
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Lismore City Council acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we work.

Knox Park adventure playground scores regional award

Murwillumbah’s popular Knox Park adventure playground is in the running for a national award, after receiving regional recognition at prestigious industry awards.

The playground took out a Regional Award for Excellence in the ‘Playspace: Minor (less than $500,000)’ category at the Parks & Leisure Australia Awards for Excellence, competing against other projects from across NSW and the ACT.

The judges said the project had converted an area with little local appeal into a popular destination for children and families to get together and have fun.  “It’s a great park that provides for a wide range of users.  The project has improved public safety and subsequently increased its use,” the judges said.

“It’s an excellent combination of fixed equipment, natural environment and shade provision.”

The Knox Park project will now go on to compete for the national award at the Parks & Leisure Australia National Conference being held in Adelaide in October.

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Photo: Tweed Shire Council’s Landscape Architect, Ian Bentley (centre) accepts the regional award for the Knox Park playground from Parks & Leisure Australia NSW/ACT President, Les Munn (left) and Cricket NSW’s Manager State Infrastructure & Government Relations, Anthony Brooks

The adventure playground has been extremely popular with children and families since its completion in October last year. It was installed in the existing Peace Walk, to take advantage of the shade of existing trees and reinvigorate that section of the park.

The playground was designed to engage children in imaginative play that interacts with the natural surroundings.

It forms part of a $1.2 million youth precinct at the central Murwillumbah park, which also now features a plaza-style skate park and scooter precinct, an adventure playground with cutting-edge design features, as well as facilities for basketball, handball, soccer and netball.

The overall youth precinct was funded through a $500,000 Regional Development Australia grant from the Federal Government, $250,000 from the Murwillumbah Lions Club and $500,000 from Council.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Friday 27 May, 2016
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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Towns / Murwillumbah

Restoring waterways of Cudgen plateau

Farmers and Council are working together to expand soil conservation projects on the Cudgen plateau.

The two-year project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and coordinated by Council, will expand soil conservation activities to restore 3.5 hectares of riparian land along 1.5 kilometres of Cudgen plateau waterways.

Farmers_Council_cudgen_115113_640 Photo: Farmers and Council are working together to expand soil conservation projects on the Cudgen plateau.

Five landholders will work with Council to minimise the loss of valuable topsoil from farms, improve aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity and connectivity and improve water quality of the local stream and the estuary it feeds into, Cudgen Creek.

The loss of topsoil remains the most significant environmental issue affecting the sustainability of the plateau’s farming activities, polluting local waterways, degrading riparian habitat and reducing productivity.

“The plateau is one of our most important areas of agricultural land, our future food bowl, and farmers need support to protect these production values and maintain the health of the local environment,” Council’s Program Leader – Sustainable Agriculture, Eli Szandala, said.

“The benefits of native vegetation in riparian areas, for both catchment health and on-farm production, are well documented.

“However, the expertise and resources required to undertake restoration works are limited for most farmers.”

Well-vegetated riparian areas capture sediments, nutrients and farm chemicals before they enter the waterway, stabilise stream banks, particularly during flood events, and improve aquatic ecosystems.

They also provide habitat for beneficial insects and predatory birds that prey on agricultural pests.

The project will revegetate and maintain more than one hectare of riparian land, planting 8000 native trees and other plants.  Weed control will also be undertaken throughout the project area to assist native regeneration and remnant vegetation.

Mr Szandala said stream bank stabilisation and improved drainage design and management would be undertaken where required, to further reduce sediments and contaminants entering the waterway.

“Community education is a key element of the project, with fact sheets, training and assistance to be provided to participating landholders and the community about managing soil erosion and improving farm productivity through environmentally beneficial techniques,” he said.

A workshop will showcase the benefits of native vegetation for intensive production systems and demonstrate the mutual benefits of farming and biodiversity conservation.

Council has gained support from North Coast Local Land Services, Tweed Landcare Incorporated, WetlandCare Australia, landholders and bush regenerators to help implement the project and share information.

“This project will strengthen past revegetation works, develop additional areas of native riparian vegetation and improve on-farm management practices for the benefit of farmers, the environment and the local economy,” he said.

For more information, contact Eli Szandala at eszandala@tweed.nsw.gov.au or (02) 6670 2599.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Friday 27 May, 2016
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See also: Big Volcano Towns : Kingscliff

Good news for Pottsville’s endangered koalas

A new koala project in the Pottsville Wetland will encourage community involvement to help protect and restore koala habitat.

A_koala_160834_640Photo: A koala in a newly planted tree shows how restoring koala habitat can help populations recover

The project will be funded by a grant of $99,283 over three years from the NSW Environmental Trust and a Tweed Shire Council cash and in-kind contribution of $170,000.

NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, Mark Speakman announced the grant onsite at Pottsville on Monday 25th May.

The project aims to:

  • Increase primary koala habitat within and adjacent to the Pottsville Wetland
  • Reduce threats to koalas from domestic dogs
  • Reduce threats to other threatened fauna (such as ground nesting birds) from foxes and cats
  • Improve habitat condition and reduce weeds
  • Improve fire management
  • Involve the community and schools through koala conservation activities

Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, welcomed the funding.  “The Tweed Coast’s koala community was recently declared endangered by the NSW Scientific Committee, which just highlights the importance of projects such as this,” Ms Stinson said.

“Pottsville Wetland is a unique environmental asset at the back door of the Pottsville community that provides critical habitat for the declining Tweed Coast koala population,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

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Photo: An aerial view of the Pottsville Wetland which provides critical habitat for the declining Tweed Coast koala population

“As part of this project, we will engage with the community and encourage the active involvement of neighbours of the Pottsville Wetland and the broader community, so we can work together to protect and enhance Pottsville Wetland and its koalas.”

“As a bonus, this project will also benefit a host of other threatened species and Endangered Ecological Communities at this site as well as complementing similar actions Council is undertaking across 268 hectares of its adjoining coastal koala reserve system at Pottsville,” she said.

This project will form part of the overall Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management to help the Tweed Coast koala population recover to more sustainable levels over the next 20 years. For more information see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Koalas

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Thursday 26 May, 2016
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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Villages / Cabarita, Pottsville Beach & Hastings Point