Proposed upgrade to Les Burger Fields

Tweed Coast youth hub upgrade – what do you think?

The Tweed Shire Council has released concept designs of a proposed upgrade to Les Burger Fields in Bogangar – and they want our feedback.

The plans include construction of a multi-function half basketball court area, as well as additional seating and landscaping, to accompany the existing skate park.

Mayor of Tweed Katie Milne said: “It’s really important that we get the plan right and make this youth space as fun, friendly and as safe as possible.”

Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, added that it was necessary to expand the youth space to cater for the Tweed Coast’s growing population.

“Les Burger Fields is an important recreational facility, because it is centrally located on the Tweed Coast between Kingscliff and Pottsville. So Council is keen to hear what locals think about the upgrade concept plans,” said Ms Stinson.

Visit yoursaytweed.com.au/LesBurger or www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ParksAndGardens to see the concept plans and have your say on the Les Burger Fields upgrade.

Proposed upgrade to Les Burger Fields

SUPPLIED: Tweed Shire Council

The upgrade and expansion follows on from recommendations in Council’s Youth Strategy and Action Plan adopted in 2013.

Since late 2015, Council officers have been meeting with representatives from a range of groups, including Tweed Coast Raiders Junior Rugby League Sport Club, Cabarita Bogangar Residents Association, Cabarita Youth Service, and the Lions Club of Cabarita Beach and Pottsville Beach to develop the concept plan.

“The skate park and other existing facilities at Les Burger Field are well utilised and these improvements will make it even more of a focal point for young people and their families,” Ms Stinson said.

Proposed upgrade to Les Burger Fields

SUPPLIED: Tweed Shire Council

Cannabis

Drug bust at Nimbin shop

A man will face court on Saturday after Police allegedly found drugs and cash at a shop south west of the Tweed.

Officers raided the store on Cullen Street in Nimbin, around 1.30pm on Friday.

During the search, officers allegedly located and seized a quantity of prohibited drugs and cash.

They arrested a 37-year-old man and later charged him with drug supply and possession.

He was bail refused to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday.

Rubbish Bins

Third bin coming to Tweed households

Families living in the Tweed Shire can expect to receive a third bin – dedicated to organic waste – by 1 July as the NSW State Government sets a target of saving at least 70 per cent of waste from landfill by 2022.

The new green-lid Organics bin will be for all food and garden waste, and is expected to save and reuse nearly 4000 tonnes of organic waste each year. Rural properties and multi-unit developments with more than two units will remain on the current two-bin system, except for units already receiving a green-bin service.

“By separating and sorting our waste correctly into the new three-bin system, we can significantly increase how much waste we recycle and reuse, rather than the increasingly expensive process of burying it in landfill,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

“The Tweed community is currently only diverting 42 per cent with our current bin system and waste behaviours. By processing 50 per cent of the waste we currently put in our red bins and converting it into useful compost, we will get much closer to [the NSW Government’s] target (of 70 per cent),” Ms Stinson said.

From 1 July, the green-lid bin will accept:

  • all food scraps – fruit (including citrus), vegetables, meat, seafood, bones, dairy products, eggs, cereal, shells, pasta, coffee grinds, tea bags and takeaway scraps;
  • garden waste – palm fronds, lawn, clippings, garden prunings, leaves, weeds and flowers;
  • some paper products – tissues, food-soiled paper products such as pizza boxes, shredded newspaper and compostable products;
  • Council approved compostable liners.

A facility will be built at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre to process the organic waste and convert it into high-quality, nutrient-rich compost for local farmers and households to use.

“With food waste now going to the Organics service, the green-lid bin will be emptied weekly, while the red and yellow-lid bins will be collected fortnightly on alternating weeks. The day of the week for collection will remain the same for each household,” Ms Stinson said.

“The 3 Bin System will bring us in line with the 28 other NSW Councils that are already providing a food and garden waste organics service, including five of the seven Northern Rivers local governments – Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Lismore City, and Richmond.”

Households that already receive a green-bin service are not likely to have any increase in fees under the 3 Bin System. Urban residents that don’t currently have a green-lid bin will have a modest increase in waste costs, which are part of the annual waste management fees paid with your rates.

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the Waste Levy. For more information visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/BinServices

Skate Park

Does Kingscliff need a skate park?

“Good for the kids, visitors, local business, property investors, holiday makers, families, good for everyone” – Tim Pieris.

Kingscliff locals have started a petition calling on the Tweed Shire Council to build a skatepark in town.

The petition, on the change.org website, says: “Kingscliff is one of the many beautiful towns in the Tweed Shire. There is only one small problem. There is no space dedicated for the youth and young families of the town to enjoy.

“This is why we are seeking your signature for our petition to show our community leaders how much of a necessity a skatepark and family space is for the town.

“Skateparks build and sustain healthy communities. As a gathering place for dedicated, athletic youth, the skatepark provides the forum for visitors young and old, beginning and skilled, to meet and share experiences. For many skateboarding youth, the skatepark becomes a home-away-from-home.”

One of the signatories, Tim Pieris, says: “This important because it will promote healthy living in our community, a great area for families to spend time together outdoors. Especially good for flat day fun and provides a reason for people to travel to our area especially during the spring time knowing that if the waves aren’t great they can still go to the skate park for a ride and maybe a bbq.

“Local surfers and kids could improve their surfing skills with the town providing opportunities to grow competitive surf and skate professional athletes like Steph Gilmore.

“Good for the kids, visitors, local business, property investors, holiday makers, families, good for everyone,” he said.

What do you think? Does Kingscliff need a skate park? Share your thoughts below and visit change.org to sign the official petition.

Beauty and the Beast stage show performed by Valor Arts

Men needed for Beauty and the Beast production

Male performers are desperately needed to help with singing, dancing and acting in an upcoming local musical theatre production of Disney’s ‘tale as old as time’ – Beauty and the Beast.

The show is currently being produced by Neptune Musical Productions and will be performed in May at the Tweed Civic & Cultural Centre.

A spokesperson for the production company said: “We are currently looking for more people to help with the singing, dancing or acting. In particular we are looking for some strong male singers.

“We rehearse on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Coolangatta Senior Citizens, Chalk Street at 6pm QLD.”

To find out more, contact Wendy on 0409 055 746, or 5536 2446. Alternatively you can just turn up on Monday night.

There’s expected to be a lot of interest in the local musical production, particularly with a new feature film starring Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter) coming to cinemas next month.