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Nominees announced for Tweed Sustainability Awards

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Nominees announced for Tweed Sustainability Awards

 

Voting now open for the 2023 People’s Choice award. An inspiring range of sustainable initiatives have been nominated for the 2023 Tweed Sustainability Awards.

Council’s Program Leader Sustainability Debbie Firestone said the number and quality of this year’s nominations is impressive.

“We received 25 nominations for the awards this year, which doubles the nominations received in 2021,” Ms Firestone said.

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“I am thrilled there are so many local sustainability stars on display. Each nominee should be incredibly proud of their story, the actions they’ve taken to reduce their environmental footprint and how they’re enabling others to do so.

“All initiatives nominated for this year’s awards demonstrate leading sustainability practices that reduce our impact on the Tweed’s natural environment.

“These include creating new opportunities for people to be environmentally friendly, reducing waste sent to landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting our local wildlife.”

Southern Cross Credit Union and partners hosting a Clean Up Australia Day event.

Southern Cross Credit Union and partners hosting a Clean Up Australia Day event.

A wide range of sustainable initiatives have been nominated for the 2023 awards, including:

  • innovatively using artificial intelligence to help conserve ocean wildlife
  • using regenerative farming to store carbon in soil and sustainably produce food
  • removing more than 2 tonnes of flood debris from the Tweed River
  • rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned, sick and injured wildlife
  • diversifying milk production and related education actions
  • launching innovative cooking and dining experiences from sustainable sources while reducing waste
  • making recycling fun for students
  • supporting local farmers and artisans with sustainable routes to market, reducing food miles and waste.
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers workers at the World Environment Day Festival.

Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers workers at the World Environment Day Festival.

People’s Choice voting now open

Council is calling on the Tweed community to support and celebrate their environmental champions.

Tweed residents can vote now for their favourite Tweed Sustainability Award nominee and have their say on who will be this year’s 2023 People’s Choice winner.

One vote is allowed per person. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 1 October 2023.

The award winners will be announced at a showcase event on Thursday 12 October 2023.

For a full list of this year’s nominees and to vote, visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/sustainabilityawards

Contact and nomination details are available upon request. 

 

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NSW Government supports Northern Rivers green bin education

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NSW Government supports Northern Rivers green bin education

 

North East Waste has received an $89,700 grant from the NSW Government to help educate Northern Rivers residents about what types of waste can and can’t go into FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bins. The funding aims to ensure that food waste and garden waste such as plants stays out of landfill. It also aims to keep green bins free from contaminants like plastic.

Earlier this year, North East Waste and its member councils (Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Tweed) announced that Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bins should now only be used for food scraps and garden waste. This means that materials like paper, cardboard and teabags do not go into green bins as they can contaminate the final compost made from the organic content.

North East Waste Education Coordinator Linda Tohver said the assistance from the NSW Government would help councils to continue promote the right message and increasing awareness in the community.

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“The response from community has been positive so far, and we need to keep spreading the word,” Ms Tohver said.

“The messages are simple to follow and will help keep potentially harmful items out of our green bins so that we can create the best quality commercial compost from residents’ food scraps and garden waste.”

What CAN go in your green bin What CAN NOT go in your green bin
Fruit and vegetable scraps Fibre-based products (bamboo, cardboard, paper etc)
Meat and bones Paper towels, serviettes, tissues, napkins
Seafood and shells Compostable or biodegradable products (excluding AS 4736-2006 kitchen caddy liners )
Pasta, bread, rice and cereal Vacuum cleaner dust
Eggs and dairy products like cheese Washing machine and dryer lint
Loose tea leaves and coffee grinds Pet poo and poo bags
Garden waste (leaves, clippings, weeds etc) Tea and coffee bags
Council approved compostable kitchen caddy liners that comply with AS 4736-2006 and the paper used to wrap food scraps. Treated wood and timber
  Plastic

 

For more information, visit here. The ‘Let’s Get our Scrap Together’ campaign is proudly supported by the NSW Government.

 

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Never bin your batteries – just B-cycle them

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Never bin your batteries – just B-cycle them

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Batteries disposed of in bins are causing fires in waste trucks and facilities across the country, endangering workers, damaging equipment and wasting a valuable resource that could otherwise be recovered.

To prevent battery fires occurring – Never bin your batteries!

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Here’s how to dispose of batteries safely:

  • Remove from appliance
  • Tape terminals with clear sticky tape to prevent short circuiting
  • Place in ventilated glass container and drop off promptly at your nearest B-cycle drop-off point
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One of Richmond Valley Council’s Community Recycling Stations, located at the Council Administration Office in Casino where small quantities of handheld batteries can be dropped off for recycling.

B-cycle drop off points are available at many large local high street retailers. To find your nearest, visit bcycle.com.au/drop-off/

Alternatively, you can drop them at one of the regions 8 FREE council run Community Recycling Centres (CRC) or for very small quantities drop them at one of the 30 small council drop off stations (CRS) spread across the region in libraries, community centres and council administration centres. To find out more contact your local Council or visit www.newaste.org.au/crc

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Community Recycling Centres (CRC)

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy initiative, funded from the waste levy

 

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LAND NEAR DRAKE VILLAGE SITE RETURNED TO ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY

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LAND NEAR DRAKE VILLAGE SITE RETURNED TO ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY

 

The NSW Government will return a large parcel of land near Drake Village west of Tenterfield to the local Aboriginal community following a successful land claim.

A total of 104.4 hectares of Crown land across two adjoining blocks at the western edge of the village will be returned as freehold land to the ownership of Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council following the land claim by the NSW Local Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC).

Under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council have a right to lodge land claims on Crown land.

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Land claims must be assessed against non-discretionary statutory criteria in the Act, including whether the land was lawfully used or occupied at the time of the claim, or was needed for an essential public purpose.

Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said: “The return of this land to the Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council will ensure the future of this important site can be put to productive use for the benefit of the local community.”

“Returning land to Aboriginal people provides tangible economic, social and cultural benefits to Aboriginal and broader communities and we are pleased to see a positive resolution for this land.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty David Harris said:

“The resolution of land claims such as this is a key aspect of Closing the Gap, empowering Aboriginal people and communities.”

“It delivers on several Closing the Gap targets including supporting economic participation for Aboriginal communities and maintaining the connection of Aboriginal people to land and water.”

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The NSW Government will return a large parcel of land near Drake Village west of Tenterfield to the local Aboriginal community following a successful land claim.

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said:

“With the return of this land, we pay our respects to the Traditional Owners, the Ngarabal people, alongside the Jukembal, Bundjalung, Kamilaroi, Githabul and Wahlubul peoples who share a connection to the area. We are proud and privileged to share a rich local history.”

“Through acknowledging the past and our local Aboriginal communities’ connection to Country we will all benefit from deeper cultural understanding, which forms a stronger foundation for a more prosperous future.”

Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Michelle Nagas said:

“The approval of this land claim is very exciting. It involves a substantial block of land close to Drake Village which provides strong opportunities.”

“We will have discussions with the land council and consultations with the community on future use of the site.”

NSW Aboriginal Land Council CEO Yuseph Deen said:

“The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) congratulates the Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council on the return of country to Aboriginal hands.”

“A key strategic goal of the NSWALC is pursuing economic self-determination, independence and prosperity for Our people.”

“Central to this is land acquisition and activation; securing the highest and best use returns and generating ongoing benefits fosters prosperity for Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Aboriginal communities.’

“This is particularly important in rural and remote areas of NSW.”

 

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