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Applications open for Australia Day community event funding

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Applications open for Australia Day community event funding

Get your application in before 5 pm on 14 October 2022

Groups keen to host an event to bring the community together on Australia Day can apply for financial support from Council.

Council is offering financial assistance to community organisations across the Tweed who plan to hold small events on Australia Day 2023.

Council’s Manager Corporate Governance Stephanie Papadopoulos said after a challenging year in 2022, first with the COVID-19 pandemic and then the flood, she was looking forward to seeing the community reconnect.

“The Tweed community has pulled together in extraordinary ways – we are lucky to live in a place where people come together and look after each other the way they do,” Ms Papadopoulos said.

“We look forward to seeing what events our community groups have planned for the public to enjoy.”

Any community organisation requesting financial assistance for an event must be Tweed-based and provide an outline of the event.

The organisation must be incorporated and hold public liability insurance.

Funds are not to be used for a social activity for members of the community organisation exclusively and no financial assistance will be given to privately-owned businesses or companies.

The amount of funding available is based on the expected audience size of the event.

The 3 categories of funding support on offer are:

  • Category 1: $300 for events up to 149 attendees
  • Category 2: $400 for events with 150 – 249 attendees
  • Category 3: $500 for events with more than 250 attendees.

Community organisations applying for the first time will be assigned to Category 1 grant funding.

Eligible applications will be assessed by the Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards Selection Panel on Thursday 27 October 2022.

Successful applicants will be required to place event details on Council’s calendar of events whatsontweed.com.au to ensure the public has information of the event.

The successful applicant must also recognise Council’s support for the event on the day and in all promotional material.

All relevant approvals will need to be applied for and must be in place if the event is to be held on Council-managed land such as a park or beach.

To apply, please complete the application form on Council’s Australia Day webpage and return your application to Council by 5pm Friday 14 October.

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WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

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WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

 

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is thrilled to herald the return of the esteemed Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) in conjunction with the highly anticipated 2024 Wollumbin Art Award.

Now extending an open invitation for submissions, this biennial accolade warmly welcomes budding artists aged 5 to 18 from the vibrant locales of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim, Lismore, City of Gold Coast, and, for the inaugural time, Richmond Valley. Young creatives are encouraged to unleash their imaginations, as entries encompassing a diverse array of visual artworks across all subjects and mediums are eagerly anticipated. Alongside the prestige of recognition, prizes including art materials and a multitude of art-making opportunities valued at up to $1,000 await the brightest talents.

With dedicated categories tailored to each age bracket – ranging from 5–8 years to 16–18 years – the WYAA endeavours to celebrate the boundless ingenuity and artistic prowess of regional youth. Ingrid Hedgcock, esteemed Gallery Director, expressed her profound enthusiasm for the initiative, affirming, “This award stands as a testament to the exceptional abilities of our young artists, instilling within them a sense of pride and empowerment to craft works of enduring significance.”

The Gallery extends a warm welcome to Jodi Ferrari, the esteemed Children’s Gallery Coordinator at HOTA, Home of the Arts, who joins as the distinguished guest judge for the Youth award. Renowned for her expertise in curating immersive art experiences tailored for young audiences, Ms. Ferrari brings invaluable insight to the adjudication process.

Ms. Ferrari herself shared her anticipation, remarking, “I am eager to bear witness to the kaleidoscope of perspectives and boundless creativity showcased in this year’s submissions. It is a privilege to be entrusted by the Gallery to preside over this prestigious award, albeit one that promises to present a delightful challenge.”

Mark your calendars as the selected finalists earn the esteemed opportunity to showcase their masterpieces at the Gallery from September 6 to November 24, with the eagerly awaited award announcements set to unfold on September 7.

Generously sponsored by Friends of the Gallery, the Wollumbin Youth Art Award epitomizes a commitment to fostering and celebrating emerging talent within the artistic community.

The award features categories for different age groups:

  • 5–8 years
  • 9–12 years
  • 13–15 years
  • 16–18 years.

Don’t miss your chance to leave an indelible mark on the art world – entries for the WYAA 2024 are now open and will conclude at 5 pm on Monday, June 3, 2024.

For comprehensive details, including entry prerequisites, please visit the Gallery’s official website.

 

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Tweed Shire Council Introduces Fairer Water Access Charge Calculation for Non-Residential Properties

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Tweed Shire Council Introduces Fairer Water Access Charge Calculation for Non-Residential Properties

 

Tweed Shire Council is instituting significant changes to its Water Access Charge methodology for non-residential properties, aiming to foster equity among water customers. Effective July 1, 2024, the calculation process will shift gears, transitioning over a four-year period to a system based on the actual water consumption of each non-residential property.

Elizabeth Seidl, Water and Wastewater Business and Assets Engineer, emphasised the necessity of this shift, citing an existing imbalance where smaller water users subsidise larger ones due to the current meter-size-based calculation. Under the new system, which aligns with NSW legislation requiring revenue from such charges to be reinvested into the water network, nearly 75% of non-residential properties will witness no increase in their Water Access Charge.

Ms. Seidl elaborated on the anticipated impact, noting that the revised charge structure is projected to raise approximately $896,000 in additional revenue by the fourth year of implementation, reflecting the actual water consumption by non-residential properties. However, to assist businesses potentially affected by these changes, Council offers resources such as the online Access Charge Estimator and water-saving advice via their website.

In recognition of the potential financial implications for businesses, Council plans a phased approach to the increase over four years, allowing affected property owners ample time to adjust and implement water-saving measures. Ms. Seidl encouraged impacted businesses to engage with Council for support in navigating these changes and exploring strategies to minimise water usage and associated costs.

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  1. Equitable Calculation: Tweed Shire Council is revising its method of calculating the Water Access Charge for non-residential properties to ensure fairness among all water customers.
  2. Shift in Calculation Basis: Starting from July 1, 2024, the charge will transition from being based on meter size to the actual amount of water used by each non-residential property over the next four years.
  3. Phased Implementation and Support: Council will phase-in the increase over four years to minimise the impact on affected businesses, while also providing support and resources for implementing water-saving measures to reduce overall water bills.

 

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Tweed Residents Struggle with Rising Electricity Costs

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Tweed Residents Struggle with Rising Electricity Costs

 

A recent power survey conducted in Tweed has unveiled the financial strain felt by many residents due to rising electricity costs.

Tweed Shire Council took proactive measures by setting up a stall at Tweed City Shopping Centre, offering residents free information on energy-saving techniques.

During the event, residents were surveyed about their electricity bill experiences and were provided with expert advice on potential cost-saving measures for their next billing cycle.

The survey revealed that a significant number of residents are unknowingly paying a ‘loyalty tax’ by sticking with their current electricity provider. Independent Home Energy Advisor, Sebastian Crangle, who assisted at the stall, emphasised the importance of comparing electricity rates and exploring different providers.

He highlighted substantial variations in supply charges and tariffs, ranging from $1.36 to $1.98 per day, potentially resulting in a difference of over $55 per quarter without factoring in usage charges.

Moreover, residents were found to be paying a wide range of usage charges, with most opting for flat rates. Crangle advised residents to inquire about the most suitable plan for their circumstances or to negotiate with their current provider for competitive rates.

Council’s Sustainability Education Officer, Jane Moad, echoed Crangle’s advice, urging residents to take proactive steps.

Firstly, she recommended familiarising oneself with the electricity bill and comparing rates with other providers using platforms like energymadeeasy.gov.au. This comparison can empower residents to negotiate better deals with their current provider or consider switching to a more cost-effective option.

Additionally, Moad highlighted the importance of checking for eligible rebates, such as those offered by the NSW government for low-income earners, seniors, families, and individuals with medical conditions.

She also mentioned a one-off National Energy Bill Relief payment available to eligible households, potentially providing up to $700 in relief this year.

Residents interested in learning more about available rebates can visit here. Furthermore, Council encourages residents to provide feedback through its Home Energy Bills Survey, aimed at gaining deeper insights into the challenges faced by Tweed residents regarding energy costs and identifying areas where support is most needed. The survey can be accessed here and is open for completion until Tuesday, April 30th.

 

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