Murwillumbah Museum reopens

Last days to see breastplate exhibition
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah reopened yesterday – Tuesday 17th January, 2017, after a temporary closure as a safety precaution during repairs to the building’s air conditioning system.

The Queensland Road facility was closed last week after a piece of the air conditioner ceiling ducting became loose, prompting concerns about public safety.

A solution to secure the ducting, to protect the safety of visitors and staff, has been put in place by Monday as an interim measure until full repairs to the air conditioning system can be completed.

Breastplates exhibition ends this Saturday

Only a few days remain to see one of the Museum’s most significant and thought-provoking exhibitions – of breastplates given to Aboriginal people associated with the Northern Rivers in the late 1800s and early 1900s – before the display ends this Saturday.

Current exhibitions also include some of the most beautiful butterflies from Australia, Asia and South America, featured in the Collector’s Cabinet until 25 February.

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Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is located at 2 Queensland Rd, Murwillumbah and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

For further information about the Museum visit http://museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ or http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/community/trhs/index.html 

Photo captions:
1. Only a few days remain to see the thought-provoking Aboriginal breastplates exhibition at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah. Photo by Justin Ealand.
2. The Richmond Birdwing featured in the Beautiful Butterflies exhibition on display in the Collector’s Cabinet until 25 February. Photo by Trevor Worden.

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Free community breakfast to celebrate Razorback reopening

Celebration to highlight Joongurrabah’s significance

A free community breakfast will be held at Tom Beatson Outlook this Friday at 7.30am (NSW time), to celebrate the popular Tweed Heads park’s reopening following its upgrade late last year.

The refurbishment included construction of new safety railing along the walkway up to the outlook, as well as a minor facelift for its shelters, tables and seating.

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The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, was closed in April because of safety concerns about the existing railing and reopened to the public in time for Christmas.

“While people have been enjoying renewed access to the outlook during the holiday period, we wanted to have a community celebration because of Razorback’s importance to so many people,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

“Community consultation during the outlook’s closure showed how many people regularly visit Razorback for recreation, to show visitors to the area or for major milestones in their lives.

“A special breakfast seemed the best option for the celebration because the outlook is a popular destination for a lot of people on their morning walks.

“We’re also inviting people who have never been to Tom Beatson Outlook to come along and see why Razorback means so much to so many people,” she said.

“Importantly, Friday’s celebration will recognise and explain Razorback’s great significance to the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.”

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

Ms 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.

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Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

See also Big Volcano Natural and Scenic Attractions guide and Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Jam-packed January at Tweed Regional Museum

Activities for kids, historic holiday exhibition and more opportunities to visit

Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum is well and truly in the school holiday spirit, kicking off special Saturday trading hours and bringing back a popular exhibition that gives a nostalgic look at the Tweed’s beach culture.

Museum Director Judy Kean said the facility usually opened on the first Saturday of each month but in January would open every Saturday.

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Photo caption: View of a museum display from the mezzanine floor, © by Big Volcano Tourism

“We know that the post-Christmas and New Year period before school goes back is often a time when families and visitors are looking for something to do and somewhere to go,” Ms Kean said.

“During January we will also have a number of activities set up in the courtyard for children to enjoy, including activities related to a shipwreck exhibition and the Brick by Brick: Build your own capital interactive exhibition that has been available at Murwillumbah Library recently.

“Children can try their hands at building some local historic buildings out of LEGO, including the 1915 Shire Hall and the Fingal Lighthouse.”

Ms Kean said an exhibition about the Tweed’s beach history was back by popular demand.

“Holidays and Hokey Pokey: Tweed Beach Images features images and video footage from the collection, including some wonderful footage by Charles Simpson,” she said.

“Images include postcards dating from the early 1900s when the area first became popular as a holiday destination, crowded beaches during the 1950s and ’60s, holiday makers promenading in Tweed Street, crowded campgrounds at Tweed Heads around 1910, images of the famous Boyd brothers hauling in nets full of fish off Greenmount Beach around 1950, as well as Hokey Pokey contests and girls trying out Malibu boards at Greenmount in 1961.”

Ms Kean said the footage would be on continual loop in large format on the Keith and Norman Tong Images of the Tweed Wall throughout January.

January opening hours for Tweed Regional Museum, Murwillumbah:
•    Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
•    Every Saturday until 30 January, 10am – 4pm

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Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

See also Big Volcano Amusements, Cinemas & Indoor Entertainment guide and Big Volcano Museums, Historic Places and Heritage Buildings

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.

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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.

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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.

Tweed Regional Gallery popular these holidays

Thousands of holiday makers took the opportunity to visit Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre as attendances spiked at the Gallery during the Christmas and New Year period. 20141008_141243_248

Over 7000 people attended the Gallery during the three weeks from 17 December to 4 January, more than doubling attendances to the Murwillumbah-based gallery during the corresponding period the previous year.

“It was our first Christmas since the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) in March and the influx of visitors was amazing,” Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said.

Attendances peaked at just over 3000 people during the first week of January, replicating levels experienced during the first few weeks after MOAC opened.

Miss Muddiman attributed the recent high attendances to a flow of visitors into the region for Christmas holiday, as well as a new feature exhibition in MOAC.

The Yellow Room exhibition celebrates the late artist’s “sanctuary” and favourite room in her Sydney home.

The Yellow Room is one of the rooms featured in the permanent MOAC exhibition, which includes an exact recreation of iconic sections of the iconic painter’s Duxford Street house in Paddington.

“While MOAC is a permanent attraction in Tweed Regional Gallery, special temporary exhibitions will be featured within MOAC to celebrate particular aspects of the artist and her works,” Ms Muddiman said.

The Yellow Room: Margaret Olley is on display until 15 March 2015.

TSC Media Release, Thursday 8 January, 2015

See more about the TRG at Big Volcano.

P.S.  If you haven’t been to the gallery yet, you should, especially to see the MOAC “Yellow Room” display before it finishes in March.

Wollumbin National Park re-opens

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Wollumbin National Park re-opened today, 24 September 2013.

Robyn Parker MP
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Heritage
MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

WOLLUMBIN NATIONAL PARK TO RE-OPEN TODAY

Three months ahead of schedule Wollumbin National Park will reopen just in time for the school holidays, Environment Minister Robyn Parker announced today.

Ms Parker and Lismore MP Thomas George visited the park to say thanks to national parks staff for their hard work and acknowledged the community and local businesses for their patience while the summit track and car park were being cleared of debris.

“After being severely damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in January this year the NSW Government committed $200,000 to rebuild the popular 4.4km Wollumbin/Mount Warning Summit Track,” Ms Parker said.

“The park was able to be re-opened ahead of schedule which will be welcome news to the more than 100,000 visitors to the park each year.

“The work includes repairs to the summit lookout platforms providing the panoramic views of the Tweed valley and surrounding ranges.”

Mr George said more than 10 tonnes of debris was cleared from the car park alone, which was wood chipped and used as mulch in nearby nature reserves, including Marshalls Creek, Cudgen and Wooyung.

“The Australia Day weekend storm caused significant damage to the mountain, including extensive blow-downs of ancient forest trees and three landslips on the eastern face,” Mr George said.

“The summit path has been re-routed in four separate locations due to the massive root-balls of the felled trees blocking the path.

“Everyone is to be congratulated for their hard work in getting our park back in good health and just in time for the school holidays.”

National Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Rivers Region Manager Mark Johnston said the clearing on Wollumbin was especially difficult for the crews. “Normally mountain tracks are cleared from the summit down, but because the 4.4km path was steep and blocked the clean-up began at the ground and worked up,” Mr Johnston said.

“This made the job more challenging and dangerous as discarded debris could not be rolled down the mountain.”

RE-CONSTRUCTION FACTS

 The NPWS engaged specialist arborists who abseiled between the top of trees with a chainsaw to remove dangerous overhanging limbs.

 50 tonnes of gravel was airlifted into the park by a helicopter and dropped at various points along the summit track.

 A team of NPWS ground staff has been working in the park since April 30.

 All of the contractors, with the exception of one, came from the Northern Rivers.

 Mt Trails, Tasmanian experts in building walking tracks in Australian national parks, worked on the track, and employed local indigenous workers.

For anyone interested in alternatives (or additional local attractions and activities) to a climb, please check out our blog posts at https://bigvolcanotourism.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/mt-warning-climb-alternatives/, done a few months ago, in the wake of the initial closure.