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Tweed Shire covers 1303 square kilometres and adjoins the NSW Local Government Areas of Byron, Lismore and Kyogle, with the NSW/Queensland border to its north where it divides the twin towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
With 37 kms of natural coastline, the Tweed Shire boasts a unique and diverse environment.
Centrepiece of the Shire is Mount Warning, where the sun first hits the Australian continent. The surrounding McPherson, Tweed, Burringbar and Nightcap ranges form the caldera of the fertile Tweed Valley.
Prior to European settlement, the area was blanketed in sub-tropical forest and was home to the Bundjalung people. Many of the Shire’s towns and villages derive their names from the language of those Aborigines.
The area was settled by timber-getters around 1844; the first school opened in 1871; and by the 1890’s, the river port of Tumbulgum was the centre of population. The focus moved to Murwillumbah when the first Local Government municipality was declared in 1902. The Tweed Shire, which amalgamated the Municipality of Murwillumbah and Shire of Tweed, was declared in 1947.
Today in excess of 80,000 people live in Tweed, scattered through 17 villages, two towns, and the major urban areas of Tweed Heads and South Tweed. The last twenty years have seen enormous growth, with the population increasing, on average, approx. 1.9% per year between the 1996 census and the 2001 census, largely due to southern retirees drawn by the temperate climate and relaxed lifestyle.
The retail, hospitality, agricultural and tourism industries are major employers, while construction, fishing, and light industry are other significant contributors to the local economy.
200th business signs up to the initiative
The Tweed’s Scores on Doors program, introduced last year to encourage and reward excellence in hygiene practices by food businesses, celebrated an important tally recently when Tweed Heads South
business Domino’s Pizza became the 200th participant.
“There are approximately 250 eligible food premises in the Tweed. So to reach 200 Scores on Doors participants in just six months since the program was launched here is a wonderful milestone,” Team Leader - Environmental Health, Brad Pearce, said.
“Council Environmental Health officers have been working cooperatively with food businesses to encourage their participation in the program and it is great to see food businesses have been quick to embrace the benefits of the program.”
“Participation in Scores on Doors is positive incentive for food businesses to demonstrate consistent excellence in food handling and food hygiene – and more businesses are getting involved as the benefits
Businesses that receive a high rating of three, four or five stars – out of a maximum of five – receive a Scores on Doors certificate to display at the front of their premises.
Domino’s Pizza at South Tweed Heads became the latest Tweed business to receive the maximum five out of five stars.
“The ratings are determined as part of regular inspections by Council’s environmental health officers and it is really encouraging to see the large number of businesses that have received five stars,’ Mr Pearce said.
“With businesses proudly displaying their Scores on Doors certificates in their shopfronts, consumers can now make a more informed choice about where they choose to eat out.”
The proprietor of Domino’s Pizza in Tweed Heads South, Andrew Wong, said the initiative was the “perfect way to let customers know which restaurant is safe to eat at”.
“We wanted everyone to know we always keep the highest standard of food safety,” he said.
Mr Wong said the enhanced reputation achieved by displaying their high rating could only help to attract more customers.
To see all the participating businesses in Tweed Shire, go to www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ScoresOnDoors
This media release was published by the Tweed Shire Council on Wednesday 30 March 2016
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1 October to 31 December 2015/16 Quarterly Update
Major Development Applications Approved
DA15/0097 - Mixed-use subdivision, 23 dual-use units, 8 commercial tenancies, 7 small house lots, Cylinders Way, Seaside City - $9M
DA15/0312 - 5 into 26 lot residential subdivision, Sailfish Way, Seaside City - $5.9M
DA15/0310 - 5 into 20 lot residential subdivision, Seaside Drive, Seaside City - $5.9M
DA15/0093 - Mixed development, 26 units, 556m2 commercial floorspace, 13-19 Church Lane, Murwillumbah - $4M.
DA15/0582 - New RFB (9 units), 6 Florence Street, Tweed Heads - $2.5M.
DA15/0525 - 4 new industrial units, 4-5 Tierneys Place, Tweed Heads South - $1.13M.
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Overall Development and Construction Activity
Major Development Approvals
Major Development Applications Approved
Major Construction Activity and Certification
Tweed Council has experienced a major upswing it all its certification processes over the last 2-3 years, primarily in smaller scale, residential construction activity. One of the more notable Construction Certificates issued by Council in 2014/15 was for the Stage 2 Tweed Ultima building, with a construction cost estimate of $18M.
Council has been highly efficient in the turnaround of Complying Development Certificates, with an average processing time of 9 days in 2014/15, as compared to the State average of 17 days. However, as experienced across the State, the complexity of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development), and the greater extent of natural site constraints (bushfire, coastal, flooding) in regional areas, continues to limit the take up of the Codes SEPP.
There are also growing concerns both in NSW and nationally that the continuing failure of private sector certification to adequately assess the building and engineering aspects of new construction could lead to long-term financial costs and serious safety issues.
Throughout the recent NSW State Government Planning Reform process, and since the deferral of the new legislation, Tweed Council’s Building and Development Engineering Unit staff have been making major contributions to Council submissions and participating in working groups organized by NSW Planning and Environment to seek better standards of certification and compliance.
Council’s new Manager of Building and Environmental Health is also in the process of introducing the following internal reforms aimed at improving Council’s performance and external relationships: