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New flash flood alert service goes live

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New flash flood alert service goes live

Residents of Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek are urged to register to receive flash flood alerts via SMS, email and recorded voice calls (landline) for free, ahead of the coming wet season.

Council, with assistance from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and other government agencies, is launching a new automated flash flood alert system for the villages, following a successful trial last summer.

Council Engineer – Flooding and Stormwater Leon McLean said previous events and Council’s flood risk management studies have shown these areas are subject to flash flooding with little to no warning.

“The small Burringbar Creek and Crabbes Creek catchment areas are not covered by the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) flood warnings, as the time between rainfall and flooding is too short,” Mr McLean said.

“The new Burringbar and Crabbes Creeks flash flood alert service is an automated system that will provide residents with advanced notice of approaching floods.

“The new early warning system was developed following extensive consultation with local residents and lead agencies and we are grateful for everyone’s input on this critical service.”

The system has 2 main components: flood forecasting and alert distribution

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Residents and Industry Specialists Invited to Shape Future of Events in Tweed

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Residents and Industry Specialists Invited to Shape Future of Events in Tweed

 

Residents and industry specialists are invited to help shape the future of events and sponsorship in the Tweed Shire, ensuring the region attracts and supports activities that highlight its natural beauty, creativity, and culinary strengths.

Two key documents, the draft Tweed Events Strategy 2024-2028 and the draft Events Sponsorship Policy, have been placed on public exhibition for review and feedback.

The draft Tweed Events Strategy 2024-2028 aims to guide the sustainable growth, development, and delivery of events that are uniquely suited to the region. It is complemented by the draft Events Sponsorship Policy, which outlines the framework for event support, detailing eligibility criteria, assessment processes, and funding conditions.

Mayor Chris Cherry emphasised the importance of community involvement in shaping the future of the local events industry. “Events play a crucial role in boosting our economy by attracting visitors, creating jobs, and supporting local businesses,” Cr Cherry said. “By fostering a vibrant events scene, we can ensure economic growth and wellbeing. From arts, music, and cultural festivals to foodie celebrations, sporting competitions, markets, and community events, they all play a vital role in bringing our community together.”

Cr Cherry highlighted that the Tweed is at an exciting stage as an attractive and sustainable event destination. “These draft documents outline Council’s commitment to fostering events that align with the Tweed’s unique identity and community values. If the Events Strategy sets the tone and vision for attracting and supporting uniquely Tweed events, then the Sponsorship Policy acts as the playbook, defining specific guidelines and procedures to bring these plans to action.”

The draft Tweed Events Strategy 2024-2028 outlines the sustainable growth, development, and delivery of events tailored for the region. The draft Events Sponsorship Policy details who is eligible for support, how events will be assessed, and the conditions for receiving funding.

Residents and industry representatives are encouraged to review the draft Events Strategy 2024-2028 and draft Events Sponsorship Policy and share their feedback by 4 pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

Visit here to share your thoughts and help the Council create a vibrant, inclusive, and successful event scene in the Tweed for everyone to enjoy.

 

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Northern Rivers Rail Trail Earns Tripadvisor’s Coveted Traveler’s Choice Award

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The Northern Rivers Rail Trail has earned Tripadvisor’s coveted Travelers’ Choice Award, ranking it in the top 10% of attractions worldwide. Credit: The Tweed Tourism Co.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Earns Tripadvisor’s Coveted Traveler’s Choice Award

 

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail has been honoured with Tripadvisor’s prestigious Travelers’ Choice Award, ranking it among the top 10% of attractions worldwide. This award celebrates attractions that have consistently received exceptional traveller reviews on the global travel review website, Tripadvisor, over the past year.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry acknowledged this remarkable achievement, emphasizing its significance in promoting the Rail Trail on the world stage. “It’s absolutely thrilling to see our Northern Rivers Rail Trail recognized among the world’s top attractions. It highlights how the Rail Trail has become a major visitor attraction for the Northern Rivers,” Cr Cherry said. “It has certainly become part of our region’s allure and now with the Richmond Valley section open, it is likely to bring even more visitation and economic benefit to the region.”

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a shared recreation and nature trail, offering a new and essential experience in the region. It is accessible and free for people of all ages and abilities. The first 24 km section of the Rail Trail, stretching from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek, opened on 1 March 2023. Since then, the Tweed section has welcomed more than 146,000 users, including locals, domestic, and international visitors.

In March 2024, the second section from Casino to Bentley in the Richmond Valley, covering 13.4 km, opened to the public. Meanwhile, construction of the 16.3 km section from Lismore to Bentley is progressing well and is expected to open later this year. Eventually, the Rail Trail will extend to connect with Byron and Lismore, spanning a total of 132 km. The trail provides a safe environment for walkers, cyclists, and people of all abilities to explore the stunning Northern Rivers region.

The establishment of the Rail Trail is part of Tweed Shire Council’s commitment to offering the community opportunities for active and healthy living, while also enhancing the Tweed as a desirable place to live and visit. Mayor Cherry underscored the multifaceted benefits of the Rail Trail, noting its role in boosting local tourism and economy, as well as promoting wellness and outdoor activities among residents.

For those interested in more information about the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, visit northernriversrailtrail.com.au. To explore more about the Traveler’s’ Choice Award recipients, visit Tripadvisor.

This recognition not only cements the Northern Rivers Rail Trail’s status as a must-visit destination but also showcases the successful efforts of the local community and government in preserving and promoting the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of the Northern Rivers region.

 

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Council Seeks Community Feedback on New Car Park Plans in Bogangar

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Council Seeks Community Feedback on New Car Park Plans in Bogangar

 

The Council is inviting community feedback on plans to build a new ground-level car park in Hastings Road, Bogangar, adding 52 parking spaces to the popular Tweed Coast village.

The proposed car park will be located on Council-owned land beside the children’s centre in Hastings Road, just south of the back entrance to Woolworths supermarket. This site has been designated for car park use since 2005, with initial plans for a multi-level car park. However, at the recent Council meeting in May 2024, Councillors agreed to pursue a more cost-effective ground-level option, estimated at up to $400,000, rather than a 4-level car park costing over $11 million.

Key features of the proposed ground-level car park include:

  • 52 parking spaces
  • Central bay lighting for safety
  • Prohibition of overnight parking
  • A shared pedestrian zone with clear signage
  • A maximum speed limit of 10 km/h

Manager Roads and Stormwater Danny Rose emphasised the importance of local input. “Bogangar is one of the Tweed Coast’s most popular destinations for visitors and residents and has grown significantly over the past 20 years,” Mr. Rose said. “The proposed new car park should help ease parking pressures, particularly in summer when the beaches and cafes are thriving. We’ve been consulting with adjacent business owners, neighbours, and community representatives over the past year, but there’s still an opportunity for the community to provide additional feedback.”

The Council has engaged with key stakeholders, including neighbouring property owners, tenants, and community groups such as the Cabarita Progressive Business Association, Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Lions Club of Cabarita Beach Pottsville Beach Inc, and the Cabarita Beach Bogangar Residents Association Inc. These consultations have helped shape the current proposal, which aligns with Developer Contribution Plan No. 23, funding this initiative.

The landscaping strategy for the car park incorporates a permeable soil cell system to promote tree health and protect infrastructure assets. Tree species like Watergums, Lilly Pilly, and Red Cottonwood will be planted for their shade capabilities and low maintenance requirements.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to review the design plan and landscaping overview at yoursaytweed.com.au/caba-public-car-park and complete a short survey by Sunday, 4 August 2024.

“Your valuable input will play a key role in finalising the project proposal for the Engineering Sub-Portfolio Board, ensuring thorough consideration of engineering details and financial impacts,” Mr. Rose added.

For more information and to provide feedback, visit the project page or contact the Council directly.

 

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