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Fears proposed residential tower will ‘obliterate’ Tweed neighbourhood’s amenity and charm

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The proposed “Tweed Heads” development

Fears proposed residential tower will ‘obliterate’ Tweed neighbourhood’s amenity and charm

By Margaret Dekker

A proposed 104-unit ‘monolithic’ development in the heart of old Tweed Heads is already proving devastating for local residents before it’s even built.
Retired electrical designer Dennis Stevenson, whose balcony would end up only 12 metres west of the proposed development, said the 13-storey/40 metre high building with a span of 55 metres along 7-13 Pearl Street – complete with rooftop entertaining, a swimming pool and gym – is the wrong bulk and scale for the area.
“It’s like a glassy Ayres Rock. We didn’t expect the size of what’s happening,” Dennis Stevenson said.
Mr Stevenson believes the proposal by Sydney developers, First Capital Finance Group, will be problematic from the start. He estimates excavation work alone will require deep removal of more than 20,000 cubic metres of soil for an intended 2 level basement underground carpark and an additional 2 levels of car parks up into the sloping site.
“Pearl Street will just be a disaster during the construction period. We’re talking 2000-2500 truckloads probably every 15-minutes, over 3 months plus, just to excavate the site,” Dennis Stevenson said.
Concerns have also been raised regarding the impact on an adjacent 20-unit building in Thomson Street, and potential structural threat. The excavation encroaches to less than 1 metre of the property boundary at a depth of 15 metres, and there’s no talk of compensation if there is resultant structural failure.
Dennis Stevenson also questioned the myriad consequences of such a big build on a narrow street. It is only 9 metres-wide for 2 lanes of parking and 2 lanes of traffic. As a minimum, a CBD road (as this development is presented) requires a minimum of 3.5 metre-wide lanes resulting in a road width of 14 metres.
“It’s such an impractical type development for this area, it is just not suitable, architecturally it’s wrong, the size is wrong, the parking is wrong, the road size is wrong, the amenity in the area is affected by it, we’ve got a school close by and a church close by that will be affected as well,” Dennis Stevenson said as he also raised the possible need for a major sewage upgrade, to service an estimated 250 new residents.
From his elevated apartment in the adjacent Bay Breeze building, there’s uninterrupted outlook, North, East and South.
“Shadowing, yes we’ll virtually lose most of our sunlight in the morning and that’s the only sunlight we really get,” he said.
And then there’s the potential loss of ‘that view.’
“Of course, everyone in the building doesn’t want it. We have a magnificent view at present, it will not be completely destroyed as we will maintain the views towards the South, but for some on lower floors in the building, many of them retired, it will be completely devastating.”
“This doesn’t architecturally fit the theme of the area, this thing should be on the beachfront or riverfront, somewhere like that, but not in the middle of suburbia,” Dennis Stevenson added.
Unfortunately for residents of Bay Breeze apartments – two of whom have since listed their homes for sale – the site is zoned R3 Medium Density Residential with Tweed Shire Council, making it ripe for development, especially in a white-hot Tweed property market.
Due to its $33 million estimated build cost, the development’s final approval now rests with the state Northern Regional Planning Panel.
With a long career in construction, including on big projects like Jupiters Casino and Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast, Dennis Stevenson is currently poring over the proposed building’s plans with a fine-tooth comb, certain of errors in statements relating to neighbour character, density, built form, aesthetics and potential construction over an easement.
“They’ve actually taken a report from a Sydney-based project and left in references to Elizabeth Street and Castlereagh Street inside the middle of the reports, that’s how slack the submission is,
“How can these submission reports be considered as factual when there are so many issues apparent in the conclusions presented? It would be interesting to find out if any of the consultants used to present these reports have in fact been to the site as part of their commission?” Dennis Stevenson asked.
The NRPP is currently taking public submissions until November 1 about the development referred to only as ‘Tweed Heads’ by architect Tony Owen Partners.
“A lot of the feedback I’ve been getting is that this development should be more across the border up in Broadbeach or somewhere like that, it’s not the style of development that Tweed Heads needs to have as part of its character,” Dennis Stevenson said.

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

Casino, 8/4/2024 – Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM. This year’s event is set to surpass all expectations, encapsulating the essence of country life in a morning filled with fun, food, and festivity.

Thanks to the generous support of The MJ Smith Group, our 2024 Major Sponsor, the annual Free Community Breakfast will offer attendees a delightful taste of the local life with complimentary sausage or steak sandwiches, chocolate milk, and fresh fruit, generously donated by Woolworths Casino. This partnership exemplifies The MJ Smith Group’s deep commitment to the local community, showcasing a shared passion for uniting and enriching our region.

Brody Lisha, President of Casino Beef Week, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “We are overjoyed to have The MJ Smith Group as our Major Sponsor this year. Their dedication to the community mirrors our mission to celebrate our country life and bring people together. This event is more than just a breakfast; it’s a showcase of what makes our community so vibrant and unique.”

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Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM.

The event will feature an impressive display of machinery, allowing attendees to witness the remarkable work of The MJ Smith Group firsthand. “Seeing the machinery up close is a testament to the innovation and hard work that drives our local industries. It’s an honour to highlight this aspect of our community at the event,” said Lisha.

Adding to the excitement, the annual Richmond Dairies Cow Pat Lotto, presented by Bently Community Preschool, returns with a larger prize pool thanks to Richmond Dairies and Macdonalds Pharmacy. “The Cow Pat Lotto is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. It’s a fun, quirky way to engage with the community while supporting a great cause,” Lisha remarked.

Butchers from the region will compete in the Verto Sausage Competition, aiming for the titles of Best Beef Sausage and Best Gourmet Sausage. Lisha commented, “Our local butchers are incredibly talented, and this competition is a fantastic way to showcase their skills and the quality of our local produce.”

The day will also feature live entertainment from Sam Handford and the grand finale of the CiCom Busking Championships on the Jack Links Stage. “The talent we have in our community is astounding, and the Jack Links Stage is the perfect platform to showcase it. It’s going to be an unforgettable day,” Lisha added.

Casino Beef Week invites everyone to join in celebrating our country life, embodying the community spirit that makes our region so special. Don’t miss this outstanding day of free food, fantastic entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

The Breakfast will be lived streamed via ZZZFM and 2LM.

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

 

You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box flight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe.

Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight, Black Box follows David as he fights for an invention that could record the final moments of a flight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked.

The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience.

Black Box is the first binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound.

Binaural recording uses two microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This world-premiere production will be directed by David Berthold.

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