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Fox control to start across the Tweed Coast

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Fox control to start across the Tweed Coast

Aims to protect native wildlife like threatened Beach Stone-curlews and koalas

Fox control and trapping works will be rolled out across the Tweed Coast next week after a successful program targeting the local fox population last year. 

Camera monitoring has recorded an increase in fox activity in the coastal bushland areas at Hastings Point, Pottsville and Fingal Head recently. This monitoring assisted Council staff to capture 2 foxes at Hastings Point last week.

Fox control and trapping works will start on Monday 22 August and continue until Friday 2 September. 

Foxes are an introduced species and have caused major declines in native animal species in Australia. This program aims to reduce fox numbers to protect native fauna, including koalas and threatened birds such as the Bush Stone-curlews. It will also allow for the recovery of Beach Stone-curlew populations at Hastings Point, especially during the breeding season.

A highly-experienced specialist contractor will carry out all works to reduce the overall fox population in the local area.

Council’s program leader – pest animals wildlife protection Pamela Gray said Council had expanded its fox control program this year to try to make a significant difference.

“We had success with our fox control program last year and this year we are targeting additional coastal locations where we’ve seen increased fox activity on monitoring cameras,” Ms Gray said.

“It’s crucial to our native wildlife to reduce fox numbers. Foxes are predators and seek out nests, eggs and attack local wildlife. It’s especially important for the Beach Stone-curlews at Hastings Point who are at risk of local extinction.”

Signage warning the public about restricted access will be in place at all entrances to trapping and control sites across key locations at Pottsville, Hastings Point, Kingscliff and Fingal Head.

“Access to control and trapping sites is prohibited. Please ensure you and your pets do not enter these areas as traps are camouflaged and cannot be seen,” Ms Gray said.

Details of fox control locations:

Hastings Point – Pottsville:
Monday 22 August – Friday 2 September
Crown reserve coastal bushland areas between Hastings Point and Elfran Ave, Pottsville.

Hastings Point Headland:
Wednesday 24 August – Friday 26 August (inclusive) from 7 pm to 5 am
Yugari Drive will be temporarily closed each evening (3 nights) during this time.

>Pottsville Environment Park:
Monday 22 August – Friday 2 September
The park will be temporarily closed from 6 pm to 5 am during this time.

Pottsville Wetland (Kellehers Road and Cudgerie Creek Bushland Reserve)
Monday 22 August – Friday 2 September
These areas will be temporarily closed during this time.

Letitia Spit, Fingal Head (northern end):
Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September
This area will be temporarily closed during this time.

Kingscliff (Cudgen Headland/Sutherland Point)
Tuesday 30 August – Wednesday 31 August between 7 pm and 5 am.

Public access to all locations is prohibited during the dates and times advised. Penalties apply.

Additional 1080 baiting for foxes will also occur at locations around Pottsville, Cudgera Creek and Round Mountain.

If any domestic pets are caught in traps they will be taken to Council’s  temporary animal pound. Collection can be organised by calling 02 6670 2400. Impounded animals can be viewed at tweed.nsw.gov.au/tweed-pound.

If you have questions about these works, contact Council’s program leader – pest animals wildlife protection on 02 6670 2400.

For more information on the program and to view maps of the affected areas, visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/foxes.

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Do You Support an Extension to the Lease of the Kingscliff Temporary Housing Village?

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Do You Support an Extension to the Lease of the Kingscliff Temporary Housing Village?

 

Council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to extend the lease on parkland at Kingscliff to accommodate the temporary housing pod for an additional six months. The NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) has requested a six-month extension to the temporary village lease at Elrond Drive, Kingscliff, extending it to December 2025.

The extension would provide additional time for the RA and Northern Rivers Housing (NRH) to support residents into long-term housing and to allow for the decommissioning of the pods during this extension period.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry emphasised the importance of this extension, stating, “There are currently more than 450 households living in 11 temporary housing sites across the region, and a significant waitlist of people still seeking housing support.”

“Kingscliff’s temporary housing village has 31 self-contained housing units which provide a safe and secure home to more than 60 people affected by the 2022 floods. Some residents are waiting for their homes to be rebuilt, while others need to find an affordable rental property,” Cr Cherry added.

While the Council supports this request for a six-month extension, it seeks input from local residents to understand their views on the request before making a final decision.

Council owns the land at 99 Elrond Drive, where the Kingscliff temporary housing village is located. In June 2022, Council entered into a three-year lease of the property with Resilience NSW, now known as the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA). The lease was established for the construction, maintenance, and operation of temporary housing and is set to expire on 16 June 2025.

The temporary housing villages were originally intended to provide up to two years of accommodation for displaced households as a result of the 2022 floods, with the remaining lease period allocated for site restoration. However, due to widespread housing stress and contractor shortages in the region, residents of the temporary housing village face significant obstacles to returning home or securing alternative stable housing.

In November 2023, Council received a request from the NSW RA to extend the lease for an additional two years until June 2027. Following this request, a meeting was hosted by the NSW RA and Council with neighbouring residents in February 2024. During this meeting, the NSW RA indicated the request to extend the lease for two more years (until 2027) had been withdrawn.

In May 2024, Council received a new request from the NSW RA to extend the lease for an additional six months until 31 December 2025. At Council’s meeting on 16 May, it was resolved to agree to this extension, subject to public notification and consultation with residents of the pod village and the wider community.

Additionally, it was resolved to consult with the community to determine the future use of the space. This consultation will take place separately before the end of the lease in December next year.

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the extension of the lease before 5 pm on Wednesday, 3 July 2024. Council will consider all submissions before deciding whether to proceed with the extension.

Have your say online at yoursaytweed.com.au/99ElrondDrive, email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au, or write to the General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484.

 

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14 projects share in $300,000 Community Building Partnership pool

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14 projects share in $300,000 Community Building Partnership pool

 

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin today (Friday, 7 June) announced that 14 projects had been successful under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program for 2023.

Ms Saffin congratulated this round’s recipients and encouraged local organisations developing worthwhile projects to applicants to sign up for alerts about the CBP program so they are notified when information about the next round is confirmed.

“Remember that there is only $300,000 to be spread across the entire electorate each year so please be realistic with the amount of funding sought,” Ms Saffin says.

“The Premier’s Department has introduced strict probity measures around this grant program, including the overlay of independent assessment.”

Recipients of CBP funding for this 2023 round include:   

Lismore City LGA:

The Lismore Soup Kitchen Incorporated – towards improving amenities for volunteers and the hundreds of customers of The Good Pantry Lismore – new cool storage will be purchased and installed. — $33,350.

Lismore Memorial Amateur Swimming Club Incorporated – towards capacity building of competitive swimming in Lismore – $19,353.

Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited – acquisition of night vision goggles (NVG) for its Lismore base – $18,970.

RSL LifeCare Limited – towards commissioning a local artist to install a mural as a war memorial/commemorative space at Chauvel Village Goonellabah, honouring Sir Harry Chauvel, of the Australian Lighthorse. — $5,000.

Tenterfield Shire LGA:

Tenterfield Chamber of Tourism Industry & Business Incorporated – new Tenterfield Visitors Information Centre – shopfront fitout, purchasing and installing free-standing equipment in a newly-leased building – $30,000.

Mingoola Hall Management Committee Incorporated – towards enhancing facilities at Mingoola Hall (fire exit side access to toilets to building code, installing a water tank) — $29,439.

Kyogle LGA:

Kyogle PA&H Society (Kyogle Show) – towards repairing the showground’s three arena surfaces to make them safe for competitors and exhibitors as the ground has become uneven and sloping. – $30,000.

Bonalbo and District Community Hall Association Incorporated – towards removal of ceiling tiles which pose a risk to volunteers and hall users, replacing them with new ones – $16,000.

Country Women’s Association of NSW – Tabulam Branch – towards supplying and installing a 4.5 kw grid connect solar system including panels, inverter, mounting rail and balance of system — $7,700.

The Girl Guides Association of NSW – Kyogle Girl Guide Hall kitchen upgrade (purchase stainless steel materials to replace a kitchen which was destroyed by flood – $5,500.

Tweed Shire LGA:

Uki Sporting Horse Association – towards all weather multi-purpose sand arena (to resurface arena with long-lasting road base and sand, providing a flood-free, safe, all-weather, multi-purpose facility – $30,000.

Coolangatta-Wollumbin (Mount Warning) Dragon Boat Club Incorporated – Wollumbin Transport Vehicle (purchase a vehicle for towing dragon boats to training and regattas. Current 4WD vehicle is old and near the end of its life – $29,000.

Tweed Regional Museum – towards accessible drinking water for Tweed Regional Museum (provision of two accessible drinking fountains, indoor and outdoor, for visitors to the museum – $11,175.

Byron Shire LGA hinterland:

Federal Community Children’s Centre Incorporated – outdoor blind installation and soft fall repair and extension – $34,513.

Electorate-wide total — $300,000.

 

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Rare Encounter: Humpback Whales surprise fishermen in Tweed River

 

By Sarah Waters

What started as a typical morning of fishing on the bar in the Tweed River, ended in an unexpected surprise for Bryce Piper, 24, and Peter Berger, 37, last Tuesday morning.

The two keen fishermen, from Berger Houseboat Holidays, were coming back into the Tweed Marina at about 7am when two humpback whales came up behind their boat.

“They popped up probably about 10 meters behind us – we drifted in with them – at the entrance of the bar,” Bryce said.

“It was pretty crazy to be honest, it’s not something you can really appreciate unless you understand that whales don’t usually come into the river,” he said.

The whales, believed to be quite young in age, passed Jack Evans Boat Harbour, and went towards the first bend in the Tweed River.

They hung around for about 20 minutes, before making their way back out to sea.

The entrance of the Tweed River which humpback whales came into last Tuesday morning

The entrance of the Tweed River which humpback whales came into last Tuesday morning

Bryce said he has come across humpback whales plenty of times before while he was out fishing or diving in the ocean but had never seen them in the river.

“It was a beautiful morning, the water was crystal clear, sun was out – you honestly couldn’t get much better.

“Being there and seeing that was definitely the best experience.

“They were just flapping around, it’s not like they were stressed – I think it’s because the water quality at the moment is next level, so it doesn’t really surprise me that they came up the river, but I couldn’t tell you why.

“It was close to high tide as well.”

Bryce said the sight of the whales made for a ‘perfect’ morning out on the water.

Peter Berger, 37, maintenance officer at Berger Houseboat Holidays, saw two humpback whales in the Tweed River last week

Peter Berger, 37, maintenance officer at Berger Houseboat Holidays, saw two humpback whales in the Tweed River last week

The two fishermen also caught bonito fish in the river that morning, which is something that doesn’t usually happen.

Commercial fisherman Joel Merchant was spotting for mullet when he also managed to film the humpbacks.

Joel, who was born and bred in the Tweed, said it was the fourth time in about 25 years he has seen humpback whales go into the river.

“They were just adventuring around,” Joel said.

“They were cruising along close, going in for a bit of a look and then cruising back out again, they were more curious.

“It was a lovely morning, and it was so calm – they just sort of cruised in like it was the ocean – they didn’t have to go through the surf breaks or anything,” he said.

Humpback whales pass Australia’s east coast between May and July after a summer of feeding on krill in Antarctic waters.

The whales migrate north to sub-tropical waters, near the Great Barrier Reef, where they give birth.

From September – November they migrate back to the Antarctic.

Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive with the spectacular acrobatic displays of humpback whales during their annual migration of up to 10,000 kilometres.

 

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