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

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Kingscliff ranked among top 10 seachange towns in Australia

Kingscliff is officially on the map after being ranked number four in a list of top 10 seachange towns, ahead of Byron Bay located to the south, and Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

Kingscliff_090816_640 Photo: © courtesy Tweed Shire Council

Another local Northern Rivers community, Lennox Head, located between Byron Bay and Ballina, came in at number seven.

‘Trading Places –the Best Australian Seachange Towns 2016’ features in Melbourne-based national online newspaper The New Daily.

The results were:
1. Noosa Heads, Queensland (43.25 points)
2. Terrigal, New South Wales (42.25)
3. Warrnambool, Victoria (41)
4. Kingscliff, New South Wales (40.5)
5. Byron Bay, New South Wales (40)
6. Port Douglas, Queensland (40)
7. Lennox Head, New South Wales (39)
8. Busselton, Western Australia (38.75)
9. Albany, Western Australia (38.5)
10. Geraldton, Western Australia (38.5)

Two expert consultants – a town planner and an urban geographer – weighed up the merits of large regional hubs or hidden coastal gems across Australia located close to a capital city.

(Big Volcano ed. note: We’re not quite sure how Port Douglas made it in that case, being more than 1700 klm from the state capital – Brisbane.  Maybe they were thinking of Cairns.)

Anyway, they whittled down the options using 11 criteria, including beach quality, house prices, infrastructure, climate and job prospects.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, was not surprised by Kingscliff’s appeal as a seachange destination.  “Kingscliff is much-loved by locals, who are passionate about preserving the natural environment as well as the laid-back and friendly nature of the town,” she said.

According to the article: “Residents describe the town as having the ‘best of both worlds’: a peaceful, picturesque community that’s just a 15-minute drive to Gold Coast Airport, and a 90-minute trip to Brisbane.”

“It boasts several stunning beaches cradled between headlands, and luscious rainforests on its doorstep.

“Foodies take note: the main street offers tantalising cafes and restaurants, and the Kingscliff markets brim with gourmet food and fresh local produce, as well as crafts, art and fashion.”

To view the article and watch a video on how the selections were made, go to
http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/trading-places-2016/

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Map, Big Volcano towns : Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head.

Free camping in the Tweed


Free Camping banned at Bruce Chick Environmental Park, and a c
rackdown on illegal camping along southern Tweed coast

A ban on free camping at Bruce Chick Park came into effect in late November, with a new RV-friendly camping area up and running at Murwillumbah showgrounds in its place.

A multi-pronged campaign is also underway to curb illegal camping in Tweed Shire’s southern coastal dunes between Pottsville and Wooyung.

Visitors to the Tweed coast and valley are urged to use our excellent (and affordable) local camping grounds and tourist parks.

Bruce Chick Park camping ban

A ban on overnight camping at Bruce Chick Park on the Tweed Valley Way, Stotts Island, came into effect on Monday 23 November, in line with a new management plan which found overnight camping threatened the park’s environmental and heritage objectives.

The closure coincides with the opening of a new ‘primitive camping ground’ for recreational vehicles (RVs) at the Murwillumbah Showground.

RV primitive camping ground opens

The Murwillumbah Showground Trust recently launched the new camping area, to accommodate approximately 26 RVs, after Council’s September meeting approved a development application for the primitive camping ground.

It followed lobbying from the RV community for safe and welcoming campsites for RVs in Tweed Shire.

Council General Manager Troy Green said Council had explored the potential of establishing an RV-friendly primitive camping facility at the Stotts Creek site but site investigations showed it would unreasonably conflict with the environmental values of Bruce Chick Park.

Mr Green said RV camping at the site would also require significant management, sewerage services and other facilities which would bring a considering ongoing cost to ratepayers.

“An RV-suitable campsite at the showground has the added benefit of supporting a local community group, without additional costs to ratepayers to provide maintenance and management,” Mr Green said.

RV caravanners and tent campers Links : Local Caravan Parks  and Local Camping Grounds

Crackdown on illegal camping along southern Tweed foreshore

A multi-pronged campaign has been initiated to curb illegal camping in Tweed Shire’s southern coastal dunes between Pottsville and Wooyung.IMG_2850_Cudgen_coastalheath360x270

A coordinated response by Council and community groups in the area will tackle environmental issues, antisocial behaviour and rubbish dumping along the foreshore, Council’s Director Planning and Regulation, Vince Connell, said.

“The campaign will be a combination of community education, greater monitoring of activity and a program to remove waste already dumped along that strip of land,” Mr Connell said.

Illegal campers

“It’s understood that many of the people camping illegally in that land are coming from outside Tweed Shire, so we will need methods to get the message to those people that camping is not appropriate and not allowed within the dunes or on the beach.

There are a number of nearby established and legitimate locations for camping and the education campaign will steer visitors and local campers to those facilities.”

Updated signs have been prepared and will be installed on Tweed Coast Road at Pottsville and Wooyung, at either end of the eight-kilometre strip of land between the beach and Cudgera Creek.

“There will be a concentrated blitz this summer, when levels of illegal camping are believed to be at their highest, and Council rangers have already stepped up the level of monitoring along that land,” Mr Connell said.

Enforcement and fines

“Enforcement and fines will be imposed where possible. However, this is a particularly isolated part of the Tweed and we will need cooperation from community representatives to effectively monitor the area.”

Council has been liaising with the Pottsville Community Association and would involve other groups in the area.  Council Bushland Officer John Turnbull said illegal camping had significantly hampered ongoing efforts to revegetate that section of dunes.

Dune Care and Landcare

“The area includes valuable sections of Littoral rainforest and tree species such as banksia and coastal wattles are gradually re-establishing themselves, aided by the efforts of Council, contractors and Landcare volunteers,” he said.

“Twenty years of bushland regeneration can be undone in a weekend. Vehicles driving through dunes and bushland areas and people lighting camp fires – using native trees for firewood and causing bushfires – have a massive impact on the vegetation.”

Mr Turnbull said weed infestation is a major issue along the coast, where considerable resources have been contributed by Council and State Government to address the problem.

“The destruction of native vegetation allows weed species to invade, establish and take hold again.”

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Please help us to look after and nurture our endangered beach and coastal vegetation for everyone to enjoy into the future.  Stay in a local caravan park or camping ground.  You’ll have the added benefits of hot showers, camp kitchen and other onsite facilities!

Kingscliff North Holiday Park reopens after major upgrade

Holiday-goers flock for luxury villas, beachfront views and dog-friendly sites.

A rejuvenated Tweed Coast Holiday Park at Kingscliff has been reopened after being closed since October last year for a massive redevelopment.

Kingscliff North Holiday Park (KNHP), located on Marine Parade, underwent a $2.8 million revitalisation that included installing six beachfront cabins, two additional ‘Surfari’ tents, five ensuite units for tourist sites, disabled facilities, sheltered barbecue areas, powered tent sites and a new manager’s office and residence. 

The Executive Manager of Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, Richard Adams, said the Park’s facilities and services were now four-star standard.

Kingscliff North oliday Park reopens

Photo: Jack Marquis, Harrison Jensen, Archie Jensen, Annie Marquis and Charlie Jensen, on holidays from the Lockyer Valley, are welcomed by Kingscliff North Holiday Park managers Karen and Jeff, and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Executive Manager, Richard Adams.

“Initial works removed all caravans, structures and underground services,” Mr Adams said.

“The park is now the perfect destination for anyone looking for an absolute beachfront getaway, in a quiet location, without breaking the budget.

“It is located just two kilometres from Kingscliff’s town centre, which is easily accessed by walkways and cycleways and the beach is usually free from holiday crowds,” he said.

“The park has also been totally landscaped, based around local native species.”

Mr Adams said KNHP would also be the first dog-friendly Tweed Coast Holiday Park as a trial, allowing some visitors to bring their dogs under certain conditions.  “The trial is scheduled for 12 months, allowing dogs into the Park under some conditions, and will then be reviewed,” Mr Adams said.

“Conditions include having your dog registered and restrained at night. Couples or singles with their own caravan or motor home accommodation will be able to book a dog-friendly site.”

The improved holiday park also includes a new cabin for people with disability, new water, sewer and electrical services, boom gate access control, new roads, internal pathways and UV-stabilised artificial turf on tent sites.

The number of park sites has been reduced from 57 to 46, to allow for more site space for visitors.

For more information, to book or to access the Park’s conditions of acceptance for dogs, call (02) 6674 1071, or visit http://www.tchp.com.au/kingscliff-north/

Press release and photos courtesy of TSC Media Unit Friday 03/07/2015.

For more local accommodation options, visit the Big Volcano Visitor Guide Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks and Pets Welcome – Pet Friendly Accommodation.