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The health of the Tweed River is good but there’s more work to do

16 September 2019

World Rivers Day is coming up on Sunday (22 September), so it’s an ideal time to release the results of the Tweed River’s annual health check.

Doing the wrong bin is such a waste

16 September 2019

Council’s bin inspection team is lifting the lid on unwanted items in the Tweed’s bins to reduce contamination rates and cut down on unnecessary processing costs.

Tweed Valley Way speed limit reduced between Tumbulgum exits

16 September 2019

Roads and Maritime Services today authorised a reduction in the speed limit on Tweed Valley Way, between the two exits to the village of Tumbulgum, from 100kmh to 80kmh.

Deaf community invited to explore the art and history of the Tweed

11 September 2019

Tweed Regional Museum and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah are holding a free Auslan-interpreted tour for our Deaf and hearing-impaired community.

Knox Park upgrades underway this week in Murwillumbah

10 September 2019

Works on a section of Knox Park in Murwillumbah will begin this week to upgrade older areas of the park to improve the functionality of the park and address safety concerns. 

Tackling one of the greatest challenges for Tweed farmers

9 September 2019

Farmers and land managers are invited to a day with weed and pasture specialists to explore prevention and management options for some of the Tweed’s most problematic weeds.

What do you think about Short Term Holiday Letting?

6 September 2019

Researchers from Southern Cross University (SCU) are giving Tweed residents a voice about the future of Short Term Holiday Letting (STHL) in the area.

Threatened Species Day highlights five species across the Tweed

3 September 2019

As part of Threatened Species Day on 7 September, Tweed Shire Council is putting five of its iconic native species in the spotlight.

The Tweed Coast koala population is one of three koala populations listed as endangered in NSW. To protect these threatened species, more than 25,000 koala food trees have been planted since 2015.

Council’s Senior Program Leader – Biodiversity, Scott Hetherington said despite the huge challenge of recovering the coastal koala population, by working with the community and volunteer groups, we are seeing improvements.

“Nearly 350 new sighting records have been contributed by the community from sites throughout the Tweed, since launching our online database in 2017,” said Mr Hetherington.

“Spring is when koalas are on the move and at risk from dogs, cars and can end up in strange locations. It’s also when mums have their joeys with them so it’s important to drive with care, especially in koala zones,” he said.

Call Friends of the Koala on 02 6622 1233 to report a sick or injured koala or report koala sightings at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/koalas

Did you know there are Lyrebirds in the Tweed? Despite being recognised as vulnerable to extinction, very little is known about Albert’s Lyrebird in the Tweed region. Council has received funding through the NSW Saving our Species Program to increase lyrebird habitat, reduce threats to their survival through fox monitoring and control programs and increase our knowledge of the population through surveys and citizen science.

“There will be opportunities next winter to be a part of this important project as a citizen scientist.  We will be looking for people to record where lyrebirds are occurring and to participate in surveys,” said Mr Hetherington.

Spring is in the air and our resident pair of Beach Stone-curlews at Hastings Point are getting ready to breed again.

Council’s Program Leader - Pest Animals Wildlife Protection, Pamela Gray said the chick from the last breeding season is almost fully grown and still ‘at home’ with mum and dad.

“We are now working with volunteers about how to keep this family of birds safe for the upcoming breeding season, from September to March. With the success of last year, hopefully they nest at Hastings Point again,” said Ms Gray.

Dogs are not permitted at the mouth of Cudgera Creek, Hastings Point which should help these birds survive. There are plenty of places to walk your dog, see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WalkMyDog 

Council has been awarded a grant by the NSW Environmental Trust to work on a project to conserve Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Bush Stone-curlew populations. This project will focus conservation efforts on the Tweed Coast by managing known key threats including habitat loss and disturbance, and predation (seeking out eggs and nests) and disturbance by domestic pets and feral animals.

“Bush Stone-curlew chicks are hatching now and they can be on the roads. Be aware and slow down and please be respectful of them,” said Ms Gray.

Contact Tweed Valley Wildlife carers to report any injured birds and for more information, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/CurlewCockatooConservation 

Road repairs to Overall Drive at Pottsville start soon

3 September 2019

Council is gearing up to begin a month of extensive roadworks in South Pottsville to repair Overall Drive and surrounding streets.

Ten-year plan for the Tweed River Estuary on exhibition

2 September 2019

After three years’ of research, planning and consultation, the Tweed River Estuary Management Plan is ready for comments from the public. The plan will set the focus for management of the Tweed River for 10 years, from 2020 – 2030.