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Tweed’s $11.3 million industrial land swap project underway

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Construction has begun at the site of the new Industry Central Land Swap Project at South Murwillumbah
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Tweed’s $11.3 million industrial land swap project underway

 

By Sarah Waters

Six businesses in South Murwillumbah’s high flood risk zone will be relocated to safer ground as part of Tweed Shire Council’s Industry Land Swap project.

In a major milestone for the Tweed’s flood recovery, preliminary works began last week to assist the businesses’ relocation to flood-free land at Lundberg Drive in Industry Central, Murwillumbah.

Council was able to acquire the 14 hectares of land at Lundberg Drive after the state government granted it $11.3 million in funding.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin, who was recently appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery, welcomed the start of construction last Wednesday.

“This industrial land-swap is both a practical and creative solution to securing Murwillumbah’s long-term future as we recover from a catastrophic sequence of flood events over the past few years,” Ms Saffin said.

“The climate is changing and improving our flood preparedness by moving businesses and homes off floodplains is now of paramount importance – we know from lessons hard learnt that ‘better prepared brings better recovery’.

Tweed Shire Council General Manager Troy Green welcomed the start of the earthworks as a significant step forward in building resilience into the Tweed economy.

“We all know the devastating impact the floods of 2017 and 2022 had on all aspects of our community and businesses,” Mr Green said.

“This project will provide evidence that businesses can invest with confidence in the Tweed and is a strong sign that Council is looking at ways to adapt to the impact of climate change by providing flood-risk free, employment-generating land.”

Mr Green said the project, which was initiated after the March 2017 flood, had progressed well until early 2020 when the onset of COVID-19 caused significant uncertainty among the business community and delayed the project.

Selected South Murwillumbah business will relocate as part of a nation-first land swap agreement with Tweed Council

Selected South Murwillumbah business will relocate as part of a nation-first land swap agreement with Tweed Council

This was further exacerbated by the 2022 flood and subsequent inflationary pressures.

“To our knowledge, an industrial land swap such as this has never been undertaken in Australia and it has proved to be an extremely complex legal and planning process, but we are excited to finally be on site today with the first earthworks underway.

“We can’t wait for the subdivision to be completed and for our first businesses to move their facilities over to this new flood-free zone,” he said.

Following an Expression of Interest process, five Murwillumbah businesses were selected to participate in the land swap.

It will see them swap their flood-prone land for council-owned flood-free land in the new industrial estate known in South Murwillumbah known as Industry Central.

Participating businesses include JH Williams Pty Ltd, 30 Marine Parade Pty Ltd, North Commercial Pty Ltd (Hayes Steel), Murwillumbah Hire and Landscape Supplies and Mick Bourke Transport.

Tweed Shire Council’s works depot will also be included in the land swap.

Two lots remain available to interested businesses, with a new EOI process expected to be announced soon.

Construction works are expected to be completed by mid-2024, with creation of title for the new allotments and settlement of contacts planned for December 2024.

For more information visit the councils website.

 

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

 

After a closure lasting over four months, Terania Street in Lismore is set to reopen to light vehicles starting from late Friday 21 June, pending favourable weather conditions. This reopening follows the implementation of traffic calming measures aimed at preventing further damage to the rail-over-road bridge caused by oversized vehicles.

  • Traffic Calming Measures:
    • New measures include speed humps, a reduced speed limit of 25 km/h, restricted lane width, traffic islands, and surveillance cameras. These are designed specifically to slow down light vehicles and restrict heavy vehicles (over 4.5 tonnes) from using Terania Street near the rail bridge.
  • Purpose of Measures:
    • The installation aims to prevent future damage to the bridge, which necessitated its closure between Tweed and Peate streets since February 7.
  • Community Impact and Appreciation:
    • Transport for NSW, through Director Region North Anna Zycki, expressed gratitude to residents and businesses for their patience during the closure period. They continue to work towards a permanent solution for the bridge’s sustainability.
  • Heavy Vehicle Detour:
    • Heavy vehicles are advised to use a detour via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road until further notice. Residents needing access to or from Peate Street should detour via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.
  • Heritage Council Approval:
    • Transport for NSW has received approval from the NSW Heritage Council to remove the Terania Street rail-over-road bridge. They are currently addressing the consent conditions and will inform the community about the commencement of this work.
  • Compliance and Safety:
    • New signage, including ‘No right turn’ signs at Peate Street, has been installed to guide vehicles and ensure compliance with the new traffic conditions.

For ongoing updates and details, residents and road users are encouraged to stay informed through Transport for NSW communications channels.

This reopening marks a significant step in restoring normal traffic flow while safeguarding the historic bridge structure from further damage caused by inappropriate vehicle use.

 

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

 

Analysis by the Community Housing Industry Association NSW (CHIA NSW) has revealed a significant increase in the number of people seeking priority social housing in the Northern NSW region. The priority housing list is designated for those at imminent risk of homelessness, highlighting the severity of the housing crisis.

Priority Housing Increase by Region:

  • Ballina: 190%
  • Casino: 165%
  • Tweed Heads: 142%
  • Grafton: 132%
  • Byron Bay: 129%
  • Mullumbimby: 118%
  • Lower Clarence: 108%
  • Lismore: 107%

CHIA NSW CEO, Mark Degotardi, emphasized the dire shortage of available homes in the Northern NSW region. “Many people are languishing for more than a decade in some suburbs and regions. Over 58,000 families and individuals are waiting for housing across NSW. This is why we need significant funding in the upcoming State Budget to start addressing the housing crisis,” Mr. Degotardi stated.

Mr. Degotardi underscored the readiness of the not-for-profit community housing industry to collaborate with all levels of government to deliver housing solutions for vulnerable people. “Community housing providers have projects that are ready to roll but need the funding to get them started,” he said.

The upcoming state budget on June 18 is crucial for the Minns Government to demonstrate its commitment to resolving the housing crisis. “A housing crisis needs a crisis response. The time for incremental reform and small budget allocations is over,” Mr. Degotardi asserted.

The escalating need for priority social housing across Northern NSW underscores the urgent requirement for substantial government intervention and funding to provide immediate and effective housing solutions.

 

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

 

Glen Innes Severn Council celebrated a remarkable evening at the New South Wales Local Government Awards in Sydney on Friday, June 7, securing multiple accolades in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the local government sector.

Rural Management Challenge Triumph

The Council’s Rural Management Challenge (RMC) team, known as the ‘Highlanders,’ emerged as state winners, triumphing over 24 other councils. The team, comprised of Rhonda Bombell (Coordinator of Economic Development and Tourism), David Hunt (Manager of Assets), Shageer Mohammed (Chief Financial Officer), and Anthony Kamphorst (Manager of Infrastructure Delivery), initially won the regional heat in Bellingen in November 2023, advancing to the state final in Sydney in February 2024.

The RMC final challenged the Highlanders with complex scenarios that simulated real-world situations, testing their strategic thinking, decision-making skills, and knowledge of rural management practices. Their exceptional performance demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities, securing their victory as state champions.

Asset and Infrastructure Award

Adding to the evening’s success, Glen Innes Severn Council received the Asset and Infrastructure Award for the construction of the Yarrow Creek Bridge on Mount Mitchell Road. This award highlighted the Council’s innovative approach to upskilling staff, enabling them to complete intricate projects internally and reduce dependency on external contractors. Glen Innes Severn was among eight councils nominated for this prestigious award.

Leadership and Community Impact

Mayor Rob Banham expressed immense pride in the Council’s achievements, stating, “Council’s success at the LG Awards night is a clear indication of the hard work within Glen Innes Severn Council. Winning two prestigious awards motivates us to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of our operations.”

General Manager Bernard Smith, who attended the LG Awards night, also lauded the Council’s accomplishments: “We are incredibly proud of our staff’s achievements. The Rural Management Challenge award highlights the Highlanders’ strategic thinking and leadership capabilities, while the Award for Asset and Infrastructure reflects our Infrastructure Delivery Team’s ongoing efforts to enhance and maintain our community’s essential services.”

Celebrating Collective Achievements

The Glen Innes Severn Council extends its congratulations to all winners and nominees, celebrating the collective achievements that strengthen the vitality of local government in NSW. This recognition underscores the Council’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to improving the community through innovative practices and effective leadership.

By securing these awards, Glen Innes Severn Council not only showcases its capabilities but also sets a benchmark for other councils in New South Wales, inspiring continued growth and development within the local government sector.

 

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