Money

Tweed Groups Eligible for Up To $250,000

Community groups across the Tweed can apply for up to $250,000 from the NSW Government to help address local crime hot spots by creating ‘community safety initiatives’ that reduce anti-social behaviour.

NSW Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said: “We know there is always more that can be done to stamp out crime in our towns and suburbs and we are working with the community to identify opportunities.

“The reasons for and consequences of crime in one region of NSW can be very different to other regions, therefore it is important that we invest in local solutions.”

Eligible projects should:

  • address local crime hot spots
  • address anti-social behaviour in communities
  • promote safer and inclusive use of public space
  • promote collaborative approaches to community safety, crime reduction, prevention and detection.

Last year 14 projects received funding through the NSW Government’s Community Safety Fund including:

  • $208,519 for McLeay Valley Chamber of Commerce towards the installation of CCTV system in Kempsey, South West Rocks and Crescent Head CBDs;
  • $244,500 for Midnight Basketball Ltd for a social inclusion program using sport to engage young people in Grafton, Griffith, Blacktown and Foster.
  • $125,000 for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence for the Friday Night Live Youth Program focused on sport and healthy activities targeting Indigenous youth aged 12 to 18 in Redfern, Waterloo, Glebe and Darlinghurst.

To apply for funding, visit the Crime Prevention website.

The Kingscliff Bridge official opening in December 2016

More Work To Be Done On Kingscliff Bridge

Expect more delays as Tweed Shire Council workers return to Kingscliff later this month to rehabilitate the southern approach to the new Kingscliff Bridge over Cudgen Creek.

The $3.5 million bridge was opened to traffic before Christmas at the community’s request, but Council says 30 metres of the southern approach to the bridge still needs to be rehabilitated.

Exact dates for the roadwork are yet to be given, but the Council says work will take about one week to complete.

One lane of the road will remain open under the management of stop / slow flagmen as workers dig out the pavement of the road, refill and compact to achieve the finished level and then reseal. Motorists should experience only short delays.

Tweed Shire 2017 Australia Day Ambassador Iain Finlay

Tweed Shire Announces Australia Day Ambassador

An award-winning journalist, author, story-teller and humanitarian has been named as the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2017.

Iain Finlay has spent more than 50 years in the media as a reporter, producer, director and host of national and international radio and television programs and documentaries including ‘This Day Tonight’ and the ground-breaking science and technology series ‘Beyond 2000’.

A Tumbulgum resident for the past 15 years, Mr Finlay was an acclaimed foreign correspondent and has travelled and worked on every continent with a particular interest in South East Asia.

More recently, Mr Finlay and his wife Trish Clark have been central to humanitarian and education initiatives in Asia including building a primary school in a rural village in Laos with funds partly raised in the Tweed.

“Anyone who has travelled in Asia, Africa and South America and has seen poverty and the lack of opportunity there realises we have so much going for us in this country, and Australia Day is a chance to reflect on that,” Mr Finlay said.

“Donald Horne’s description of Australia as ‘the lucky country’ could not be more apt; for the most part we are truly amongst the most fortunate people in the world. However, for those Australians at the bottom of the barrel, in particular many in our own indigenous communities, the phrase still rings very hollow.

“Those of us who have a roof over our heads, a job and a bit of affluence and security, have an obligation to at least think about and perhaps do something for those people in our own country, and elsewhere, who are not as lucky as we are.

Mr Finlay will deliver the Australia Day address on 26 January at the Tweed Shire event to be held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads.

The Tweed will welcome 50 new citizens from 16 different countries, Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will also be presented including Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Australia Day events will also be held at Tyalgum, Crabbes Creek, Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Cabarita, and Pottsville.

Official proceedings at Twin Towns start at 11:00am (AEDT/NSW time) for further information please visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/australiaday

Police Dog

Teen charged with drug supply after being sniffed out by police dog

A teenage boy is due to face court today charged with allegedly supplying drugs in the Tweed Heads area.

The 17-year-old was arrested around 1.30pm on Thursday during a drug dog operation at a mall on Wharf Street.

It’s alleged the sniffer dog took an interest in the teen, with a search of the boy uncovering 49 MDMA tablets, almost 200g of cannabis and $4000 in cash.

The teen was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear at a local court today.

 

The official opening of the Tweed Community Recycling Centre

More options for recycling for Tweed residents

The new Tweed Community Recycling Centre (CRC) has been officially opened – allowing locals to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free.

The facility was built thanks to a $70,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, with an additional $33,000 put towards it by the Tweed Shire Council.

State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the new facility would help to keep problem wastes out of landfill,

“We want to encourage communities to recycle these problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment,” he said.

“The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said the facility would be open until 3.45pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

“Tweed residents can drop off household quantities – up to 20 litres or 20 kilograms – of paints, batteries, light bulbs, oils, smoke detectors, gas bottles and e-waste such as computers and TVs at the CRC for free. In addition, household chemicals including pesticides and herbicides can be dropped at the Hazardous Waste Store,” she said.

Ms Milne encouraged community members to “visit the upgraded facility, do some shopping at the tip shop and, for people who are thinking of adding a new pet to their household, to visit the pound next door”.

The Tweed Community Recycling Centre is located at the Stotts Creeks Resource Recovery Centre at Leddays Road, Stotts Creek. It is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3.45pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 3.45pm. It accepts the following waste types for free:

  • water-based and oil-based paints
  • used motor oils and other oils
  • lead-acid and hand-held batteries
  • gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
  • conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps
  • smoke detectors