Dunbible Creek Bridge now open

Ganger cuts ribbon to open Dunbible Creek Bridge

Tweed Shire Council Ganger Wayne Lack cut the ribbon last Friday January 29th, to complete the official opening of the new Dunbible Creek Bridge at South Murwillumbah, which he and his gang built last year.

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Doug Anthony, CH, AC, congratulates Ganger Wayne Lack after he cuts the ribbon officially opening Dunbible Creek Bridge. To the left of Mr Anthony is his wife, Margot, and State Member for Lismore Thomas George, MP. To the right of Mr Lack is Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, MP, Mayor of Tweed Cr Katie Milne and Federal Member for Richmond Ms Justine Elliot, MP, and Cr Barry Longland.

Mr Lack cut the ribbon after Federal Member for Riverina and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Michael McCormack MP and Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne, unveiled a plaque acknowledging the contribution of the Federal Government in funding the new bridge, and outlining the contribution Mr Lack has made to Tweed Shire in his role as a ganger.

“This used to be the main thoroughfare from Brisbane to Sydney,” said Mr McCormack. “It’s still a very important road and this bridge is integral to the economic prosperity of the area.

“The Federal Government this year is providing $32 million to improve local roads in the electorate of Lismore.”

Guests of Honour

Dunbible resident and former federal Member for Richmond, the Honourable Doug Anthony, CH, AC, and his wife, Margot, were guests of honour at the opening ceremony.

Mr and Mrs Anthony provided the land used as the site compound during construction. The Williams family also provided land for the bridge build.

Also acknowledged at the opening was the late Mrs Josephine Nugent, who successfully campaigned for a shared user path to be included as part of the bridge design. Mrs Nugent was represented at the opening by her daughter Rebecca Nugent, who travelled from Sydney for the event.

The 47-metre bridge cost $2.1 million to build, with the Federal Government contributing $950,000 under its Bridge Renewal Programme.

The new concrete bridge has four-metre wide carriageways in both directions and a 2.7-metre wide pedestrian path and cycleway. It was built using sustainable construction methods and will last for at least 100 years.

2015 Service and Productivity Excellence Award for Sustainability

Ganger Wayne Lack and his crew received Council’s 2015 Service and Productivity Excellence Award for Sustainability for the work they did in building the bridge. Their construction method saved Council $200,000.

They also retained the old timber bridge deck and used it as a work platform to drive the 16-tonne concrete piles, removing the need to work at ground level and significantly reducing the impact on the waterway below.

Mr Lack, who turns 70 next month, has built 34 bridges in Tweed Shire over the past 17 years and plans to do two more this year before he retires.

In acknowledging his enormous contribution to the shire, General Manager Troy Green described the worker as being like pure gold – highly valued and sought after.

“Wayne turns 70 next month, and every day he brings that same drive and commitment to his work that he did when he was a younger man,” said Mr Green. “He is a great role model, deserving of this honour.”

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom, Friday 29 January 2016
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Free movie screening to formalise Refugee Welcome Zone

The Tweed’s declaration as a Refugee Welcome Zone will be formalised at a free public screening of the documentary Mary Meets Mohammad, at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday 7th February at 2pm.

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“We are so pleased to extend a very warm welcome those who have been granted refuge in Australia,” Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne said.  “Showing the hand of compassion and friendship to those who have been through such terrible times is a fundamental expression of our humanity.

“Even simple gestures of welcome can make an incredible difference to people’s lives and makes us all better people,” Cr Milne said.  “All councillors voted unanimously to declare the shire as a Refugee Welcome Zone. I encourage the community to get involved with this great program and spread the word.”

The matinee screening will include an official signing of the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration, as the Tweed joins the Lismore City, Coffs Harbour City and Port Macquarie-Hastings councils in aligning with the Refuge Council of Australia initiative.

Entry will be free to the 2pm screening of the feature-length film, which tells the story of Tasmania’s first detention centre and the bond that formed between local Christian woman Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad.

Mary is a staunchly Christian pensioner, and did not welcome the 400 male asylum seekers, but develops a friendship with Mohammad after her knitting club donates woollen beanies to the asylum seekers.

A meeting of Tweed Shire Council in September resolved to join the Refugee Council of Australia initiative and declare the Tweed a Refugee Welcome Zone.

By signing the declaration, Council gives ‘a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into our community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in our community’.

Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said declaring Tweed Shire a Refugee Welcome Zone was about demonstrating the Tweed’s welcoming and inclusive attitude towards refugees.

A Refugee Council of Australia representative is expected to attend the signing.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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See also: Mary Meets Mohammad

Refugee Council of Australia: Home, UNHCR Regional Office – Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific.

FactCheck: Does Australia take more refugees per capita through the UNHCR than any other country?

TYALGUM VILLAGE AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

PROGRAM – TUESDAY 26th JANUARY 2016

Tyalgum village is set to celebrate Australia Day with an Aussie bush style community get together, including Anzac biscuit and Damper baking competitions, and a street parade with prizes for the best bikes, vehicles, people and four legged companions.

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Focal point of the community; games activities for the kids, an Aussie sing-along and morning tea will be held at Tyalgum Hall, along with a Fire Brigade display and novelty events.

After the parade and presentations, all eyes will turn to the annual Tyalgum Australia vs India cricket match, a keenly contested tradition with the teams drawing on locals from both backgrounds.

A BBQ food, soft drinks and a licensed bar will be available at the Oval during the cricket, with visitors welcome to BYO eskies.  Local cafes, the general store and the pub will be open to provide visitors with a warm Tyalgum hospitality during the day.
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Auriel Bartrim will be at the Hall at 9am to accept entries in ANZAC and Damper comps – with (lucky) locals Peter and Normie judging these, so you might want to butter them up.

1st/2nd/3rd places in each category will be announced and awarded in Hall prior to morning tea.

Bruce Bartrim is heading the parade and will marshall participants at Norco Park at 9am.

Prizes will be awarded for best decorated bikes, horses, people etc.  Judges are appointed on the day and prize money to come from $300 TSC grant.

The flag raising, National Anthem, and School Captain’s addresses will take place at the Flagpole, and the MC will introduce Bruce for the welcome, with the presentation of parade prize winners following.

Aussie Sing along with keyboard – MC and all singing.  Word books will be placed or passed around and collected at finish.  (10/15 mins.)

Morning tea starts at around 1030am, with games activities for the kids outside, looked after by Karen Townson, while morning tea is taken.   Karen has submitted a lively list of games, and Tyalgum Ridge Retreat is kindly donating ice-cream and other games requirements.

The cricket starts 1130am at Bruce Bartrim Oval, with a BBQ, soft drinks and licensed bar available, and the raffle will be drawn at Cricket when time is right.

Contact details

Information kindly provided by Bob McDonald.  For more information or to get involved, please contact Bob on 0439 722 851, or Peter Meadows on 0428 793 055.

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STREET PARADE
Assemble at Norco Park @ 9.00 am
Parade commences at 9.30 am
ANZAC biscuits and damper competition entries to hall by 9.00am.

AUSTRALIA DAY PRESENTATION
TYALGUM COMMUNITY HALL  10.00am
•    Tyalgum School Captains’ Address
•    Flag raising
•    National Anthem
•    Welcome (Mr Bruce Bartrim)
•    Presentation of Australia Day Awards
•    Presentation to winners  (junior & senior– ANZAC biscuits / damper)
•    Best decorated prizes (bikes / floats) awarded
•    Aussie sing-a-long ( Mr Dennis Scanlon)
•    Morning Tea
•    Children’s Activities (Mrs Karen Townson)
•    Australia Day raffle drawn

Fire Brigade display and novelty events 

CRICKET MATCH – AUSTRALIA v INDIA – 11.30 am START
Bruce Bartrim Oval
Food and soft drinks available / BYO eskies

Top musical director announced as Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador

International award-winning musical composer and conductor George Ellis, has been named the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2016, and will join the Tweed’s celebrations.

With countless stage, screen and classical credits, Mr Ellis is one of Australia’s top musical directors and conductors, presenting concerts in Paris, London, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Athens, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, just to name a few.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said George Ellis would address the audience as part of the Tweed’s Australia Day celebrations to be held at Kingscliff High School.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have George Ellis visiting us and speaking about his experiences and pride in being an Australian,” Councillor Milne said.

“It is particularly important we acknowledge the local Aboriginal community past and present, who first walked this land many thousands of years ago and pay tribute to their ongoing cultural connections with this beautiful place.  “We are extremely lucky to be Australian, and even more fortunate to live in this special region of the Tweed,” she said.

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Photo: Gondwana rainforest, Border Ranges National Park.  D Palmer, © by Big Volcano Tourism.

“The Federal Government has named the region as one of Australia’s eight National Iconic Landscapes and some of the best remnants in Australia of our ancient Gondwana rainforests, which date back around 100 million years, can still be found in this Shire today.”

George Ellis said being a past Ambassador was extremely memorable, and his favourite thing to do on Australia Day was enjoy a barbecue with great company.

“Serving as an Australia Day Ambassador in beautiful rural NSW these last three years has been my favourite Australia Day experience,” Mr Ellis said.  “I have met some incredibly inspirational and selfless people who love to help others.”

Newly-appointed Australia Day Committee chair Alan Downes, said George Ellis would tap into the cultural side of the Tweed while complementing the region’s traditional Australia Day celebrations.

“Australia Day is a great day to get together with your community with a wide range of family friendly events held at Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Tyalgum, Pottsville and Jack Evans Boat Harbour,” Mr Downes said.

As details are finalised for the various celebrations throughout the Tweed they will be available at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDay

For more information, contact Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
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See also: Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural CentreIntroduction to Gondwana Rainforests of Australia | Big Volcano (clickable) Visitor Map

Scores on Doors rates highly with businesses

Tweed cafe, restaurant and takeaway operators have been quick to embrace a state-wide initiative which rewards food premises with excellent hygiene and food safety standards.

More than 65 per cent of eligible businesses in Tweed Shire have signed up to the Scores on Doors program since it was launched in the Tweed in October.

“Our goal was to reach 60 per cent of businesses within the first three months but that has been easily eclipsed, with more than 180 premises that have achieved high ratings of three to five stars,” Team Leader – Environmental Health, Brad Pearce, said.

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Photo caption: Food Smith owners Glenn and Sarah Smith discuss the Scores on Doors program with Team Leader – Environmental Health Brad Pearce.

“Council Environmental Health Officers are providing feedback and offering opportunities for follow-up inspections to help businesses improve their rating. This is all part of the program’s proactive approach to work with the industry, to improve food safety standards and reduce the instance of food borne illness in the retail food industry.”

The rating system represents levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code, incorporating criteria such as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control.  Participating businesses are given certificates to display at the front of their premises, to give customers insight to the standards of food safety being maintained behind the scenes.

A new cafe in the recently upgraded Bay Street in Tweed Heads, Food Smith Cafe and Pantry, is one of the recent participants in the program and one of the significant number to receive a five out of five rating.

Food Smith owner Glenn Smith said a high Scores on Doors rating was another valuable feather in the cap for businesses keen to differentiate themselves as high quality premises.

“People are very particular about their food and Scores on Doors is an excellent guide to what is going on out the back,” he said.

Another family business, Bok Bok Thai, was extremely proud to display its five-star rating at the front of its Banora Point premises, owner Jack Drury said.

“We work hard to provide authentic Thai using quality local produce and the Scores on Doors rating is another asset for our business, further demonstrating our focus on excellence.”

Courtesy  Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

See also Big Volcano Dining: Cafes, Teahouses and Restaurants guide.