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Chris Cherry re-elected Mayor of the Tweed Shire, despite two councillors refusing to vote

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Councillor Chris Cherry has been reappointed as Mayor until September 2024.
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Chris Cherry re-elected Mayor of the Tweed Shire, despite two councillors refusing to vote

 

By Sarah Waters

Councillor Chris Cherry will remain Mayor of Tweed Shire for the remainder of the current term after being reappointed to the role unopposed at the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday.

Ms Cherry was the only nomination for the mayor’s position.

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She will serve in the position for another year, until the upcoming NSW Local Government election on Saturday, September 14, 2024.

During the extraordinary meeting, Ms Cherry was unanimously declared Mayor by five of the seven councillors in attendance – Meredith Dennis, Reece Byrnes, Nola Firth, Warren Polglase and herself.

Councillor James Owen and councillor Rhiannon Brinsmead chose to abstain from the vote as they do not support the current process of electing the Tweed Shire Mayor.

Councillor James Owen abstained from voting for the mayor. He wants the community to elect the mayor instead of the councillors.

Councillor James Owen abstained from voting for the mayor. He wants the community to elect the mayor instead of the councillors.

Councillor Owen moved a Notice of Motion at a previous council meeting on August 17 asking fellow councillors to allow the community to decide how the mayor is elected – by the public or by the councillors.

In a joint media release councillor Owen said none of his fellow councillors supported him and councillor Brinsmead in the vote, meaning the community does not have the opportunity to decide how their mayor is elected.

“Based on the volume of community feedback that we have received, we strongly believe that had the elected body supported a process to allow a referendum on how the mayor is elected, that the community would have overwhelmingly voted to choose their own mayor,” they said.

“Whilst we have the utmost respect for people’s individual interpretation of democracy, the current process is not what we deem to be democratic.”

Councillor Owen and councillor Brinsmead said abstaining from the vote was not a reflection on the job that Ms Cherry was doing as mayor but was based on their ‘principles and firm beliefs in consistency and democracy.’

“The current elected body has a huge focus on community engagement and consultation, and we are proud of that, but we can’t be picky and choosy with what we listen to the community about.

“We must be consistent with our approach.

“Councillor Cherry has our support; we do not support the process by which she was elected.”

Under NSW Local Government legislation, the position of Mayor is for a period of two years.

Council has resolved to have a Deputy Mayor, which is not mandatory, to be appointed for a one-year term.

Councillor Rhiannon Brinsmead also abstained from voting at last Thursday’s Tweed Shire council meeting

Councillor Rhiannon Brinsmead also abstained from voting at last Thursday’s Tweed Shire council meeting

Councillor Meredith Dennis will remain in her role as Deputy Mayor until December when the term of her position expires, and an election is undertaken.

Addressing a full Council Chamber, Mayor Cherry thanked her fellow councillors for their support and said she remained committed to working hard for Tweed residents.

“I thank everyone for their continued faith and trust in me,” Ms Cherry said.

“For the next year, I will be concentrating on trying to address the housing crisis, which is the biggest issue facing us today, along with the impact of climate change.

“I will continue to work hard to ensure every decision we make is done in the best interest of the community at large,” she said.

This is Ms Cherry’s third term as Mayor, after holding the position from September 2020 until the election in December 2021.

She was first elected to Tweed Shire Council in September 2016 as an independent and previously served as Deputy Mayor in 2016/17, 2018/19 and in 2019/20.

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that the recently revitalised Casino Showground and Racecourse precinct will commence accepting bookings starting from Monday, June 3rd.

With a generous funding injection of $12.8 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, alongside contributions from various sources including the NSW Showground Stimulus Program, Drought Communities Funding, Crown Lands, and Council, the total investment in this redevelopment has reached $14.4 million.

This newly enhanced facility boasts a range of features including a spacious undercover arena, an outdoor sand arena, turfed areas, covered stables, and a state-of-the-art racehorse stable complex capable of accommodating up to 80 horses. Additionally, new parking areas for cars, trucks, and floats have been added for the convenience of visitors.

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Of notable appeal is the newly constructed racehorse exercise area, which includes round yards, a horse walker, and a 50-metre equine pool. These amenities are expected to draw considerable interest from equestrian enthusiasts and event organizers alike. Furthermore, enhancements such as powered event camping areas have expanded the facility’s versatility, allowing for hosting a diverse range of events including country music festivals, car shows, trade exhibitions, and markets.

Despite the official opening ceremony held on April 20th to commemorate the acknowledgment of government funding, certain essential construction tasks remain pending due to unforeseen circumstances. These include the high-voltage power upgrade, completion of the equine training area, and fencing installations crucial for ensuring the safety of all facility users.

Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the Northern Rivers region have exacerbated delays, saturating many areas of the facility and rendering them unsuitable for immediate use. However, efforts are underway to expedite the finalisation of these outstanding projects in alignment with the originally tendered project costs.

In tandem with these developments, the Council is set to deliberate on its Draft Revenue Policy for 2024-2025 at its upcoming meeting. This policy will outline the proposed fees for utilising the facility and will undergo a public exhibition period of 28 days following the meeting, during which community feedback and submissions will be welcomed.

We extend our gratitude to all existing stakeholders and potential users for their patience throughout this project’s completion, which has been hampered by unforeseen challenges. We eagerly anticipate opening all elements of this facility to serve the broader community.

For those interested in booking the venue, please visit the Council’s venue hire website.

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

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The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

 

In a competitive field of contenders, Ranger Nick emerged victorious, securing the prestigious “Australian Owned Achievement Award 2024” in the recently announced Australian Owned Business Awards on May 7, 2024.

Surprised by the announcement, Ranger Nick received a message from the judging panel praising his unwavering commitment to Australian ownership and excellence. The panel acknowledged the stiff competition and commended Ranger Nick’s business as a leader in its domain.

Reflecting on the unexpected news, Ranger Nick expressed his elation, stating, “I was on my way to the Capella Country Music Festival, after spending a few days in the scrub with no mobile reception, when I received the news. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, flattered and honoured.”

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This accolade marks Ranger Nick’s third triumph in a year, following his recognition as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and as a Winner in the Innovation and Sustainability Excellence category of The Australian Rural Business Awards.

Renowned as the charismatic Aussie Bush Cook, Ranger Nick embodies the authentic Australian spirit with his unwavering passion for Australian heritage and traditions. He has dedicated himself to sharing his camp oven cooking and bushcraft skills with fellow adventurewrs across the country and abroad.

With four published books, his own merchandise line, and notable appearances on television and radio, including Channel 7Mates’ “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and West Bremer Radio, Ranger Nick’s influence continues to grow.

Grateful for the support he has received, Ranger Nick humbly thanked his supporters, expressing his determination to continue his endeavors. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to all for your unwavering support,” he said. “I better pull up my socks and keep on going.”

Ranger Nick eagerly anticipates receiving his official trophy at the Dayboro Annual Show in early July, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

 

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