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

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

Murwillumbah Museum Closes

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah will be temporarily closed this week as a safety precaution while the building’s air conditioning system is repaired.

The Queensland Road facility will be closed until Tuesday 17 January after a piece of the air conditioner ceiling ducting became loose last week, prompting concerns about public safety.

A solution to secure the ducting, to protect the safety of visitors and staff, has been identified and can be put in place by Monday as an interim measure until full repairs to the air conditioning system can be completed.

Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson says:”Council is conscious of the inconvenience to residents and visitors caused by the temporary closure – particularly during the school holiday period – and was keen to ensure the Museum could be safely reopened as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, Council is liaising with suppliers who installed the air conditioning system during the Museum’s major upgrade.

The $3.2 million project significantly expanded the Museum and restored the original historic building, creating a premier regional facility which was reopened to the public in August 2014.

For further information and updates, visit

Paint on hands of artist

Artists Needed For Murwillumbah and Kingscliff Gateways

Artists in the Tweed region are being given a unique chance to design gateway public artworks for Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.

The Council is calling for Expressions of Interest to bring community ideas to life following last year’s ‘Love Letters to your Town’ initiative – when locals put forward hundreds of ideas for themes they wanted to see represented in art around the region.

The project is open to artists, arts collectives or public art design teams throughout Australia, with the proposed sites for the public art at the Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street roundabout at Murwillumbah, and Kingscliff’s freeway underpass on Wommin Bay Road.

Tweed Shire Council’s General Manager Troy Green said: “These are really important projects as the artworks are key gateways to our towns and will play a role in encouraging tourism and economic development.

“The strong responses to these projects show the community really values these artworks and cares about the stories they represent.”

He said the community feedback had been that the Kingscliff artwork should represent coastal life and heritage, while the Murwillumbah design should promote it’s vibrant art town and creative people.

“There were also strong environmental and indigenous heritage themes put forward for both locations.”

The Expression of Interest documentation and budgets for each of the two Public Art Projects is available from Council’s eTender website at after completion of a short registration process. Submissions close at 4pm (NSW) on Wednesday 25 January 2017.

For more information, visit

Submissions will be assessed by Council’s Public Art Reference Group, in accordance with Council’s Placemaking and Public Art Policy; shortlisted proposals will be put to a public vote before being endorsed by Council.