Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club Nippers in 1967

QLDs oldest Nipper club to celebrate 50 years

The Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club’s ‘Nippers’ will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday 11 February.

The club has been a breeding ground for a number of prominent Aussie swimmers including Olympic Gold Medallist Chris Fydler, Ironwoman Champion Karla Gilbert, and the Gold Coast City’s acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard.

Club Life Member and Nipper Foundation Member Alan Hickling said: “We have a great group of former members who are keen to share the stories that weave the rich tapestry of our proud nippers history.

“I can recall going to the Branch carnivals with all the Nippers travelling in the back of the local fruit truck with the side curtains pulled down, or the early days of Carnivals in Far North Queensland where our nippers had to wear stinger suits fashioned from ladies’ pantihose – in the days when children’s stingers suits were simply not available,” said Mr Hickling.

The 50th Anniversary function will be held from 4pm (QLD time) on Saturday 11 February. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased through the club’s office on (07) 5536 6901.

Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Nippers Surf Life Saving Club

SUPPLIED: Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Nippers SLSC


Woman facing murder charge for ‘deliberate crash’

A woman will face court today, accused of intentionally hitting and killing a motorbike rider south of the Tweed.

Police say the 47-year-old was behind the wheel of a white Ford Falcon station wagon which collided with the male rider on the Pacific Motorway at Cudgera Creek on the morning of January 6.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 61-year-old man, was treated at the scene but couldn’t be saved.

The woman was not injured and was taken to Tweed Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command established Strike Force Rumbelow to investigate the incident.

Following investigations, strike force officers arrested the woman on Friday and she has been charged with murder.

Police will allege she intentionally hit the rider, who was not known to her at the time.

She is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday.


Search underway for possible missing swimmer off Cabarita Beach

Police have launched a ground and air search following concerns a swimmer disappeared underwater at Cabarita Beach, south of Tweed Heads, on Sunday.

Emergency services received a call around 4.30pm of reports of a person raising their arms before going under, about 200 metres off shore.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended and commenced a search for the person, assisted by Surf Lifesaver and Westpac Life Saver helicopter.

A ground search found no personal belongings and at this time no people have been reported missing.

The search was suspended at 7.10pm due to fading light conditions and is back underway this morning.

Markets Food Stall

Have you checked out all these markets?

Markets are a huge part of life down in the Tweed region, but chances are you haven’t been to all of these…



  • Kingscliff Lantern Markets (twilight) – held on the first Friday of the month from 5:30 – 9:30pm at Lions Park next to the Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club.



  • Chillingham Markets – the second Sunday of the month from 8am – 1pm at the Chillingham Community Centre.
  • Murwillumbah Showground Markets – the fourth Sunday each month at the Showgrounds.
  • Tweed Heads PCYC Markets – Every Sunday at the Tweeds Head PCYC from 7am – midday.
  • Uki Markets – The third Sunday of every month at the Uki Buttery’

Know of any other markets around the region? Let us know in the comments below!

Money Wallet

NSW govt searching for owners of $220m

The State Government’s Office of State Revenue has more than 530,000 unclaimed amounts of money – worth over $220 million – and some of it might belong to you!

The money is sent to the Office of State Revenue by private enterprises, government agencies, local councils and State Trustees who have not been able to locate and return the money to the owners.

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said finding out if it was yours is quick, free and easy.

“If it’s your money, we want to reunite you with it, and doing a free search on [the Office of State Revenue] website couldn’t be easier,” Mr Perrottet said.

The website allows you to view the name of the unclaimed money owner, the type and source of fund and, if available, the owner’s last known address.

In the last 12 months the Office of State Revenue has paid approximately 9000 claims worth almost $17.5 million.

Visit the agency’s website to do a search now.