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Take action for the planet at World Environment Day Festival

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Take action for the planet at World Environment Day Festival

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Last year’s World Environment Day Festival in Knox Park, Murwillumbah proved a popular drawcard.

Learn how to identify weeds, fix your bike, free face painting, circus and heaps more. Where can you get your favourite native animal painted on your face, a free bag of compost and get that pesky weed identified all in one place? The popular World Environment Day Festival – that’s where! 

The free community event will be held on Sunday 16 July from 10 am to 3:30 pm at Knox Park, Murwillumbah. The festival is hosted each year by the Caldera Environment Centre and focuses on protection of the natural environment with live music and performances, environmental speakers, demonstrations, kids’ activities, information stalls and delicious food.

Council will be showcasing a range of programs and services – many that residents might find surprising, highlighting the depth of Council’s commitment to protecting the Tweed’s environment.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry encouraged the community to come along to the free event – not only for a great day out for everyone but to also give some attention to the environment that we all call home.

“Events like these are a fantastic way to bring the community together for a fun celebration, while also highlighting the need to protect our beautiful Tweed environment,” Cr Cherry said.

“This year, Council’s friendly teams are looking forward to engaging and chatting with the community about weed identification, helping the community get their Sustainability Award nominations in, promoting our tap vs bottled water challenge and helping people to choose emission-free travel options with a free bike workshop.

“We are encouraging everyone to come out and join us – we need to work together to ensure our internationally significant environment is passed on to the next generation.”

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Council’s Kooee Koala will be at the festival to meet and greet the kids.

Activities on offer include:

  • Free entertainment – including Luna Junction Gypsy Folk for the Environment, Kizuna Japanese Taiko Drummers, The Pitts Family Circus, Hoopla Circus and Kids Caring for Country Dance Group
  • Speakers and demonstrations – on topics including ending native logging, plastic pollution solutions, EV’s and powering our future, earth building, native bee gardens, glossy birds and forensic wildlife photography
  • Free face painting for kids – choose from one of our endangered native wildlife species pictures, including the koala, Albert’s Lyrebird, giant barred frog, Richmond birdwing butterfly and spotted-tail quoll
  • Council mascots – Winnie the Waterdrop and Kooee Koala will meet and greet the kids
  • Weed identification – Council in partnership with Rous County Council will showcase some of the Tweed’s nastiest weeds. Need help to identify a particular weed? Or need help with weed control methods? It’s your one-stop weed shop!
  • Bike maintenance education and workshop – do you know how to fix your bike? Do you know how to change the tube in your tyre? Get into active travel by looking after your bike! An experienced bike mechanic from Murwillumbah Cycles will be on hand from 10 am to 12 pm to provide a demonstration of basic bike maintenance and answer questions
  • Sustainability Awards nomination support – are you a person or business owner who is a local sustainability champion? We love your work! Council staff will be available between 1 and 3 pm to answer questions and provide support for nominations for the 2023 Tweed Sustainability Awards
  • Climate Ready Tweed – small actions make a big difference! Tell us what you’re doing to take action on sustainability in your home, workplace or community. Register for the upcoming Community Action Network event to build capacity in local communities and networks
  • Launch of new portable water filling station – Get free tap water refills – it’s good for you and great for the environment. Helping the community to avoid single-use plastic water bottles
  • Get involved in the taste test: tap vs bottled water challenge – can you taste the difference? Recent lab results show the Tweed’s tap water equals the quality of bottled water
  • Target 160 campaign – find out how you can save water at home and in your business and get a free shower timer to help you save water
  • Only flush the 3 Ps down the loo – did you know tissues can’t be flushed? Ask the team all your toilet and pipe questions.
  • Free compost – pick up your free bag of compost made from the Tweed’s very own organics!
  • Take the ‘Three Bin Challenge’ – which piece of rubbish goes where?
  • Take the ‘Community Recycling Centre Challenge’ – find out what you can drop off for FREE at our Community Recycling Centres across the Tweed
  • Reusable prizes to be won – get involved to win and chat to the team from North East Waste for the latest information on waste and recycling in the Tweed and Northern Rivers.

Visit the Caldera Environment Centre’s website for the full program or check their Facebook page for up-to-date festival information.

Find out how Council looks after the Tweed’s environment at tweed.nsw.gov.au/environment, or for recycling tips go to tweed.nsw.gov.au/waste-recycling or water saving tips visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/water-savings-restrictions.

World Environment Day is sponsored by Tweed Shire Council. For further information on what Council is offering at the festival, contact Debbie Firestone, Program Lead – Climate Change and Sustainability on 02 6670 2400.

 

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Returning for its 23rd year, Blues on Broadbeach is set to transform the Gold Coast into a rhythm and blues haven from May 16-19, 2024!

The festival will feature over 65 international and local artists across 16 indoor and outdoor stages, promising an abundance of live rhythm & blues over the four-day event.

The festival program and app are now live, so you can start planning your experience today! A highlight of the festival will be US headliner Melissa Etheridge, who is set to deliver a rocking two-hour show on Saturday night.

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Other international stars making their way to the festival include Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton, Ana Popovic, Eric Bibb, Hi Rhythm Section with Boo Mitchell, and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, all renowned figures in the contemporary blues scene.

The festival will also showcase plenty of national and local talent, including festival favourite 8 Ball Aitken & Friends, who will host a special All-Star Blues Jam on Sunday, May 19. Gold Coast’s own Karl S. Williams will open for Melissa Etheridge on Saturday night.

A new addition this year is the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket, featuring New Zealand’s electronic-reggae-soul pioneers Fat Freddy’s Drop, alongside Tijuana Cartel and BOOMCHILD, who will perform exclusively at Kurrawa Park on Sunday, May 19.

With VIP tickets already sold out, be sure to secure your ticket soon to expand your Blues on Broadbeach experience! Beyond the six outdoor stages in the Broadbeach precinct, 10 Partnered Venues will also offer live music, allowing you to enjoy a meal or drink without missing any of the festival’s packed programming.

With so much happening from May 16-19, don’t miss out on your favourite acts! Download the Blues on Broadbeach 2024 festival app from the App Store or Google Play to create your personalised schedule.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: 16th – 19th of May
  • Where: Broadbeach
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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ASH GRUNWALD AT THE REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH

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One of Australia’s leading blues musician, Ash Grunwald, has announced a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of his latest single, “Life Without You.”

This laid-back track, which explores the themes of enduring love and appreciation for one’s partner, is a collaboration with Garrett Kato, renowned for his work with Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” and numerous releases by Ziggy Alberts. The song’s emotional depth is sure to resonate with listeners.

Ash Grunwald has long been an inspiration, encouraging a generation to embrace a nomadic lifestyle, “surfing by day and jamming by night”.

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His illustrious career has seen him share stages with legends like James Brown, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Keith Urban, among many others. He has captivated audiences at sold-out festivals across Europe, Japan, and North America.

Grunwald’s impressive discography includes six Australian Top-50 albums, and he has been recognised with numerous accolades: five ARIA and four AIR Award nominations, two APRA Awards, and the Best International Act at the LA Music Critic Awards.

Don’t miss the chance to see Australia’s most dynamic blues performer live at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. This tour promises to be a memorable experience, showcasing Ash Grunwald’s exceptional talent and his latest musical endeavours.

Be sure to catch this tour and witness the captivating performances of an artist who has significantly shaped the Australian blues scene. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to his music, Ash Grunwald’s tour is an event not to be missed.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fri 24th May, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Where: The Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah
  • Price: $50+BF
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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A classic game night is the epitome of a cosy evening spent indoors, filled with laughter and friendly competition. Whether you’re looking to refresh your game cupboard or considering board games as thoughtful gifts, exploring the right options can enhance these lively gatherings. From strategic board games that challenge the mind to light-hearted party games that bring out the laughs, there’s something for everyone. Let’s delve into a selection of excellent games that are perfect for family game night, ensuring hours of entertainment and cherished memories with loved ones.

The game of life

College, marriage, kids, insurance! What a way to learn about being an adult while adding fun to the mix! In the Game of Life, each player navigates through various life stages using a plastic car on the game board, from choosing a college to settling into retirement.

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The goal of the game is to traverse life by making wise decisions, aiming to retire first and with the most wealth. It’s an excellent game for teaching children about life’s lessons in a fun and accessible manner. Playing this game as a family not only promises enjoyable moments but also ignites meaningful conversations.

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  • Number of Players: Two to four
  • Recommended Age: 8 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 to 60 minutes

Monopoly

The first official Monopoly game was released in 1935, and it has been cultivating real estate moguls ever since. This board game involves both risk and chance as players purchase and trade properties while trying to avoid jail.

Players can buy properties if they have the necessary funds and can generate income by charging rent to other players who land on their properties. The objective of the game is to bankrupt your opponents, which can be a lengthy process. The strategy is to acquire enough properties in the same area to create a monopoly, making it difficult for other players to afford rent, ultimately leading to their bankruptcy.

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  • Number of Players: Two to six
  • Recommended Age: 8 and up
  • Playing Time: One to two hours

Cards Against Humanity

When playing Cards Against Humanity, forget about maintaining decorum. The game features black cards with open-ended prompts and white cards filled with a mix of humorous, risqué, and bizarre phrases.

In each round, a player takes on the role of the judge and selects a black card to present to the group. The other players then choose one of their white cards that best complements the prompt and hand it to the judge. The judge mixes these submissions and reads them aloud, ultimately picking a favourite based on their appeal.

This game is strictly for adults, designed to provoke laughter. You can enjoy it just for the fun or keep score with points for each round’s winning card to find out who excels at pushing boundaries.

Product Details:

  • Number of Players: Four to 20
  • Recommended Age: 18 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 to 90 minutes

UNO

To play this engaging family game, all you need is an Uno card deck. It doesn’t require any additional pieces like marbles or spinners, making it easy to clean up and perfect for travel.

The Uno deck consists of 108 cards, with 25 cards in each of four colours and eight special action cards, such as Skip and Reverse. Players match cards from their hands to the card in the centre of the game by colour or number. They draw new cards from the deck until none remain. When a player is down to one card, they shout “Uno!”—a highlight of the game. Winning also traditionally involves a celebratory dance, adding to the fun.

Product Details:

  • Number of Players: Two to 10
  • Recommended Age: 7 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 minutes or less

 

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