First total fire ban of season declared for Tweed Heads

A total fire ban has been declared for the Tweed Shire for Friday, the first total fire ban of the 2020-21 bushfire season.

The declaration comes ahead of a warm and windy day in the region with the fire danger rating forecast to be very high.

Temperatures are expected to reach 27 degrees with winds getting up to 40 km/h.

The ban covers the entire New South Wales Far North Coast including the Byron, Ballina, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley Shires.

The ban means no fires out in the open, including camp fires, private pile burns or solid fuel heaters or cookers.

Activities such as welding, grinding or gas cutting in the open are also banned.

Very high fire danger is also expected in other parts of north-east New South Wales including the North Coast, Northern Slopes and New England regions.

A total fire ban also remains for parts of south-east Queensland.

The ban covers Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset local government areas and is in place until midnight on Saturday.

The Gold Coast is not currently included in the ban but the fire danger is expected to be very high on Friday.

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Search on for lucky Tweed Heads lotto winner

Someone in the Tweed is almost three-quarters of a million dollars richer and they don’t know it yet.

A person who bought a ticket in Saturday’s Lotto draw is among seven people who shared the first division prize.

Each winner pockets a tidy $740,461.20.

The winning ticket was bought at Tweed Mall News but was unregistered so officials from The Lott can’t trace them.

The Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer says they hope someone comes forward to claim their winnings soon.

“Make sure you check your wallet, handbag, fridge door, or anywhere else you may have stored your tickets,” Ms Spencer said.

“If you discover you’re holding the winning ticket, hold on tight to it and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so we can start the prize claim process!”

Tweed Mall News owner Graeme Hooley described the news as ‘fantastic.’.

“With everything that is going on in the world, it’s the perfect time for a life-changing windfall,” Mr Hooley said.

“This will be the topic of discussion all week, no doubt! There will be lots of banter going on in the store.”

The winning numbers in Saturday Lotto were 1, 41, 26, 23, 14 and 8 with supplementary numbers of 33 and 12.

Councillors elect new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Tweed

Tweed Council has elected its new Mayor after Katie Milne stepped down from the top job after five years.

At an Extraordinary Council meeting held yesterday, Councillor Chris Cherry was given the honour by her fellow councillors.

Cherry received five votes, while the only other candidate, Warren Polglase, received two votes.

Reece Byrnes was elected unopposed to the role of Deputy Mayor, as there were no other nominees.

During her acceptance speech, Councillor Cherry paid tribute to outgoing Mayor Katie Milne for her dedication to the community over the past few years.

“Under Councillor Milne’s leadership our Shire has established a strong sustainability reputation, with a focus on protecting our World Heritage environment and relaxed lifestyle. She will be a tough act to follow and I thank her for her support,” she said.

“My vision as Mayor is for our community to be proud of their Council, for the way we stand up for them, for the way we defend their rights and for the way we look after this land.

“As seven councillors, we each represent different views within the community, but what we all have in common is the desire to do our best for the people.

“We may not always agree, but we respect each other’s views and as Mayor, I will work to find the common ground wherever that can be found.”

Surfer’s terrifying close encounter with shark at Cabarita

A surfer has managed to escape uninjured after a frightening close encounter with a shark at Cabarita.

Linda Marchant Sinclair was surfing at the beach in northern NSW yesterday afternoon when the shark reportedly attacked her foil board.

In a post on Facebook, the woman warned people to be careful if surfing or swimming in the area.

“Don’t go surfing at Caba Headland… Big shark attacked foil,” the woman wrote alongside photos of the damaged board, which had a shark tooth protruding from it.

She said she was “all ok” but admitted the encounter was “very scary”.

It comes after a member of the public reported seeing a “tank” of a Great White believed to be about 3.5 metres in length, in the same spot yesterday.

“Large white shark appeared out of nowhere to the left of me,” the report on Dorsal Shark Reports said.

“It was travelling in a SW direction about 50 metres from shore… So close I could see the eye and head with the pectoral fin gliding underneath me.

“Alerted all surfers to go in.”

Tweed Heads man missing for almost a month found safe and well

UPDATE @ September 16 | The man reported missing from Tweed Heads for almost a month has been found safe and well in Cabarita.

EARLIER @ September 14 | Police are calling for help to locate a 21-year-old missing from Tweed Heads for almost a month.

It was then reported to police after family members couldn’t find him. Police and family now hold concerns for his welfare.

Police are now investigating, and calling for public assistance to try and locate him.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police immediately.

Note: description details have been taken out of this article.

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