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.


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


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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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.


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

New playground open for adventure at Tweed Heads

Ray Pascoe Park marks milestone for playground replacement program

A brand new playground is now open at Ray Pascoe Park in Tweed Heads, marking a milestone for Council’s playground rationalisation and replacement program.

The $70,000 upgrade to the facility, located on Kennedy Drive, includes an adventure play structure with slides, a climbing wall, track rider, double swing, carousel and an interactive play structure.


Photo caption: Mia and Ella Hrenek have given their stamp of approval to the brand new playground at Ray Pascoe Park, Tweed Heads.

Resident Jerry Hrenek said his daughters Mia (5) and Ella (2) tried out the new playground and was pleased that the equipment was suited to both younger and older children.

“The playground is safe and in a beautiful spot, and because of the mulch the kids don’t hurt themselves if they fall over,” Mr Hrenek said.  “Mia loved the two slippery slides and Ella loved the interactive cafe, which is great for the younger kids; we don’t have anything bad to say about it.”

Council’s Manager – Recreation Services, Stewart Brawley, said Council maintained 82 playgrounds throughout the Shire and had the replacement program in place for when structures could no longer be safely repaired.

Mr Brawley said the budget for playground replacements was limited, making well-used structures a first priority.  “Coastal parks are currently our most heavily-utilised playgrounds,” he said.

“Some of the recent ones installed at Kingscliff or Hastings Point can have over 40 kids on them at any one time, and this calls for other necessities like car parking, barbeques and more amenities.  “It’s a problem we need to deal with, but it just shows how successful and well-used these new parks are.”

Council has undertaken engagement with the community to develop a Shire wide Open Space Strategy, which aims to determine community expectations and use this information to ultimately develop better parks.

For more information on playgrounds in the Tweed Shire visit and for more on the Commercial Recreation Activities on Public Open Space draft policy visit

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Originally released 15/5/15

Courtesy  Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

See also Big Volcano Amusements, Cinemas & Indoor Entertainment guide and Big Volcano Natural and Scenic Attractions

Razorback Lookout reopened

New handrails and facelift for culturally significant landmark

Tom Beatson Outlook at Tweed Heads reopened to the public last week, following construction of a new safety railing along the walkway.

The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, had been closed since April because of safety concerns about the existing railing.

Community consultation revealed high demand for public access to be restored and Council designed a cost-effective option to replace the railing, utilising the existing concrete path.

Razorback_TomBeatsonLookout_160225_660 Photo caption: TURSA trainees worked with Council officers to give Tom Beatson Outlook a facelift before the reopening of the park.

Job Active trainees from TURSA, working with Council Parks and Gardens staff, have mowed the park and repainted the benches and shelters in preparation for the reopening.

“Razorback is an amazing scenic location for Tweed Heads and is also a place of cultural significance for the Aboriginal community,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.

“With our region being recognised as a National Iconic Landscape, it’s important to invest in and celebrate beautiful locations such as these to maintain the integrity of our shire’s natural and cultural heritage.”

Council’s Community Development Officer – Aboriginal, Rob Appo, said it was a particularly important cultural site for the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.  “The plateau is connected to a very old Aboriginal story about the place where the pelicans played,” he said.

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

Director Community and Natural Resources Tracey 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.

“Razorback means a great deal to a lot of Tweed residents, either because of a landmark moment in their lives or simply as a destination for walks or to take visitors to the area,” Ms Stinson said.  “That was evident by the number of residents who attended an information stall we held at Razorback soon after the walkway was closed.

“The outlook also offers one of the most spectacular 360-degree views of our stunning district.”

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

Family holiday apartments accommodation directory – Big Volcano Visitor Guide

Are you still looking for family holiday accommodation for your summer break?

Well then, here’s a comprehensive directory of holiday apartments, vacation rentals and high rise units in the region, ranging from Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads in New South Wales, up to Coolangatta and the southern Gold Coast in Queensland, with web site links and phone numbers for quick contacts.

pool02EEL30 Photo caption: Sunrise Cove Waterfront Holiday Apartments by David Palmer ©

There is also a smattering of Broadbeach and Surfers high rise apartments, with instant real-time booking links available.

The page is spilt into Holiday apartments which are usually in a resort complex, and no more than 3 stories walk-up.  These units will have separate bedrooms, lounge and dining room, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom/s and laundry. Bed linen and bath towels are usually included, or available for hire.

Hi Rise apartments are over 4 storeys with lift access, and usually have onsite resident managers.  AS well as fully self catering apartments, the on-site facilities will usually include at least a swimming pool, BBQ, gym or other recreation facilities, and a tour desk with booking services is usually available. 

Often located close to the local action, if you don’t feel like cooking, it’s then just a stroll to the nearest restaurant strip, with some also having an in-house or onsite restaurant, so you don’t even need to leave the complex if that’s your choice.