Teaming up to fight bank erosion and weeds

Tweed Shire Council will work with participating private landowners to improve the health of the Rous River between Chillingham and Murwillumbah over the next three years, thanks to $100,000 in funding through the NSW Environmental Trust. 

The NSW Environmental Trust grant was announced last week by the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Mark Speakman and Member for Lismore, Thomas George. The grant will be matched by funds from Tweed Shire Council.

Rous_River_health_112517_640 Photo:  The health of the Rous River will be improved through a NSW Environmental Trust grant, matched by funding from Tweed Shire Council

Council Project Officer – Waterways, Matthew Bloor, said the Rous River has high conservation values and is located in a highly valuable agricultural landscape.  “Bank erosion and environmental weeds are having a big impact on the river but also threaten the values of adjacent land,” Mr Bloor said.

“In recognition of Council’s work with private landowners through its River Health Grants program, the NSW Environmental Trust has offered Council $100,000 to work with landowners to protect, restore and connect native riparian vegetation along the Rous River.”

Participating landowners will be eligible to receive assistance for stock fencing and watering infrastructure, weed control, bush regeneration, revegetation and bank erosion. Landowners will also receive management advice and restoration plans for their river bank based on current condition and use.

“Waterway health is directly related to the condition of banks and adjacent land. Landowners who take an active role in protecting the health of our waterways supply a vital service to the community and should be supported to do this.

“River Health Grants have supported around 160 landowners to improve over 65 kilometres of waterways in the Tweed Shire over the last 10 years. Council will match the Environmental Trust grant with $100,000 through this program to maximise the benefits this project will bring to the Rous River.”

Council to look into establishing a canoe trail along scenic Rous River

Council will also investigate establishing a canoe trail along the Rous River to promote the recreational use of the Rous River.

“Tidal reaches from Boat Harbour to Tumbulgum can be paddled year round.  Exploring our waterways in a canoe or kayak is a fun and healthy activity and great way to appreciate the unique environment of the Tweed Shire,” Mr Bloor said.

For more information contact Matthew Bloor, Project Officer – Waterways on (02) 6670 2580 or email

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Tuesday 31 May, 2016
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See also Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Towns / Murwillumbah and / Volcano Villages / Chillingham


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.

TSC Landscape Architect, Ian Bentley (centre)
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

Banora Point Walking Group celebrates fifth anniversary

A Tweed community walking group has celebrated half a decade and many kilometres of active striding for improved health.

The Banora Point Walking Group held a breakfast recently to celebrate its fifth anniversary and honour its pioneers and stalwarts.

The group meets at the Banora Point Community Centre each Wednesday morning at 7am and 40 of its members gathered for their milestone anniversary walk.

Photo: Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson (left) celebrates with the Banora Point Walking Group on their fifth anniversary. 

They were joined by Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, who presented certificates to 13 participants who completed the inaugural walk and have walked consistently throughout the five years. A water bottle was given to each participant to mark the occasion.

Banora Point Walking Group is supported by Council and is part of a Heart Foundation national network of free walking groups coordinated by volunteer leaders.

“The leaders do a fantastic job organising the walks and ensuring they are safe for participants,” Ms Stinson said.

“Our leaders for the Banora Point group have been in their roles since they completed their training and induction in 2011.”

Banora Point walking group coordinator Lyn Porter was honoured with a NSW Golden Shoe Award in 2014, nominated by the leaders for her commitment to Heart Foundation Walking.

Tweed Shire also has Heart Foundation Walking groups at Tweed Heads, Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah.

For more information visit

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Monday 16 May, 2016
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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne 2016 Murwillumbah Concert

Kammerphilharmonie Koeln
Photo: Chamber Philharmonia Cologne  

After several successful european tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to Australia in winter 2016 with a powerful and lovely new programme.

Murwillumbah Concert

On Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 7.30pm, in Murwillumbah at All Saints Anglican Church, Kammer Philharmonia Koln (Chamber Philharmonia Cologne), will play a selection of works including Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Handle, Tchaikovsky and Borne.

Advance tickets are available at Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre and Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre, with cash only door sales one hour prior to the concert. 

Classical music the world over

“Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. It is irrelevant for our musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time.

The objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music. The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city whose name they bear: Cologne. The city that is famous throughout the world for its University of Music and its musical and instrumental teaching.

Generations of musicians have been trained here for many decades who, in terms of their musicality, are unparalleled around the world. Taking advantage of this pool of talent, a stock of outstanding musicians has accrued that in a changing cast of musicians take our motto across the world.

Major Sponsor

Since November 2009, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne has a very special partner at their side – the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Cologne. As part of a creative cooperation, this world renowned company, via its branch in Cologne, thrilled by our musical concept provides the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with a comfortable tour bus.

It enables our musicians to travel quickly and comfortably to the many varied concert locations. In return, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Center Cologne, organises special concerts for the car company’s special customers. The remarkable construction of the Mercedes-Benz Center is transformed in the process into a really top-class concert palace. This results in the smell of new cars mixing with the sounds of classical music.

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is at home all over the world. Our tours regularly take us to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries – and of course to Germany. In this context, the selection of works and soloists takes on a special significance.

The multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with the opportunity to perform as a soloist.


The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces. The real appeal of our programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs.

This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without us having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.

To inspire people across the world to enjoy classical music – that’s what we view as our maxim!

Quite simply: Classical music the world over!

Murwillumbah Concert

Tuesday 12th July 2016, 7.30pm, Murwillumbah All Saints Anglican Church.

Advance tickets sales: Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre, Cnr Tweed Valley Way & Alma Street, Tel. (02) 6672 1340, Toll free bookings 1800 674 414 and Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre, Cnr Wharf Street & Bay Street, Tel. (07) 5536 6737, Toll free bookings 1800 674 414 – Tickets at the door (cash sales only) one hour prior to the concert.

New memorabilia and fashion exhibits at Tweed Regional Museum

What do a prayer desk, a hand-beaded evening jacket from the 1920s and an All Blacks football blazer have in common?

Not a lot – but all of these items play a part in stories significant to the Tweed, and have been recently acquired for the Tweed Regional Museum collection.

What’s New 2 is on display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah until Friday 24 June, with a talk focusing on Alex Itong’s All Blacks football team blazers to be held at the Museum on Wednesday 22 June at 6pm.

Photo:  A 1920s Handed Beaded Evening Jacket

What’s New 2, the second in a series of displays showcasing recently-acquired items, also features a collection of memorabilia associated with well-known local builder George Hanna (of Hanna and Edmed) a doll’s hat from the early 1900s and the band from a cap belonging to a HMAS Uki sailor.

Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean said carrying out research on items donated to the collection was always a joy – partly a journey of discovery and partly detective work.  “Putting together this display was no exception,” Ms Kean said.

“It took us into the fascinating and sometimes poignant lives of many people and events, and spanned the decades from the early 1900s to the 1990s.

“In some instances, thanks to the work of donor families, we have been able to access detailed histories of the circumstances in which these items were used and how they survived,” she said.

Ms Kean said in other instances, there was a lot more to discover.  “The beautiful hand-beaded evening jacket from the 1920s made by Dorothy Thornton is the last surviving example of the skill of a gifted seamstress,” she said.

“Thanks to the research already undertaken by the Thornton family, we know much about the family’s connection to the Tweed and about Dorothy, including the early days of her marriage and the glamorous social life she and her husband Syd enjoyed in Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast in the 1920s.

“In other cases, such as for the All Blacks rugby league blazers owned by Alex Itong, player and selector for the team in the 1940s and 1950s, initial research reveals there’s a whole lot more to be recorded.

“As for the doll’s hat, the little we know is probably all we’ll ever be able to discover,” she said.

“We hope people will enjoy these wonderful stories and the glimpses they offer into our rich past and maybe even help to fill in some gaps.”

What’s New 2 is on display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah until Friday 24 June.

A talk focusing on Alex Itong’s All Blacks football team blazers will be held at the Museum on Wednesday 22 June at 6pm.

For more information, contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493 or visit

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Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

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See also Tweed Regional Museum – Murwillumbah at Big Volcano and Big Volcano Museums, Historic Places and Heritage Buildings

Affordable rental homes launched in Murwillumbah

Tweed Shire Council partnership to deliver 52 affordable homes

Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne helped launch the first of 22 affordable rental houses to be built at Hundred Hills, Murwillumbah, on Wednesday 24 February 2016.

The launch signalled the culmination of five years’ work in delivering a share of the federal government’s $100 million Better Regional Cities Program to the Tweed.

affordableHousing_160827_640 Photo: Mayor of Tweed Cr Katie Milne and Horizon Housing Chief Executive Officer Jason Cubit launch the not-for-profit’s first rental house in Murwillumbah.

“Housing affordability is a very real issue here in the Tweed and Council is happy to have been able to support this initiative and make an affordable house available to a family in need,” Cr Milne said at the launch.

The project came after a January 2011 study, in which the then federal government had identified the Tweed as an area where house prices were unaffordable.  This prompted Council to partner with the not-for-profit group Horizon Housing and apply for funds under the program to build affordable housing in the shire.

The partnership secured $8.36 million in funds to build 52 homes at Hundred Hills; 30 to be sold and 22 to be retained by Horizon Housing for renting.

By May 2014, all roads and stormwater, water and sewer connections, electricity and recreational spaces were in place.

“The grant funds for the 52 lots enabled construction of the infrastructure for the whole development, fast tracking
the release of 178 lots, including the 52 earmarked for affordable housing,” Council’s Director Engineering David Oxenham said.

Of the 52 lots held by Horizon Housing, 25 of the 30 for sale have sold under a discounted mortgage scheme where Horizon Housing retains a 25 per cent interest in the property at no cost to the buyer until or unless the house is on-sold.

22 properties have been retained by Horizon Housing for renting.  The first house was launched ready for tenants in late February, with the second due to be finished by the end of March, and construction on seven more is due to start.

Both buyers and renters must meet eligibility criteria to join the affordable housing scheme and should contact
Horizon Housing direct for more information.

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom 

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