Rural Land Strategy

Rural land in the Tweed serves a range of functions and values including farming, environmental protection, tourism, rural industries and rural housing.  In recent decades, continual pressure to change land uses and develop rural land has seen a noticeable transition in how it is being used, leading to conflict and uncertainty about the future of rural land.

A Rural Land Strategy  is being developed to consider these changes and their impact on traditional farming, rural communities and associated industries, and to develop a strategy for the future of rural land in the Tweed.  The strategy will establish a contemporary policy to guide the use and development of rural land, balancing its inherent capacity and suitability for specific uses, while considering economic, social, ecological and political outcomes.

The relevance and value of the final strategy will depend upon the extent to which it reflects and responds to the needs, aspirations and concerns of the Tweed's rural communities, and as such, community engagement has an integral role in its development.

On this page, you will find resources and documents to inform you about the core issues relating to the strategic management of rural land in the Tweed, as well as opportunities to provide your feedback at various stages throughout the project.


Rural land in the Tweed serves a range of functions and values including farming, environmental protection, tourism, rural industries and rural housing.  In recent decades, continual pressure to change land uses and develop rural land has seen a noticeable transition in how it is being used, leading to conflict and uncertainty about the future of rural land.

A Rural Land Strategy  is being developed to consider these changes and their impact on traditional farming, rural communities and associated industries, and to develop a strategy for the future of rural land in the Tweed.  The strategy will establish a contemporary policy to guide the use and development of rural land, balancing its inherent capacity and suitability for specific uses, while considering economic, social, ecological and political outcomes.

The relevance and value of the final strategy will depend upon the extent to which it reflects and responds to the needs, aspirations and concerns of the Tweed's rural communities, and as such, community engagement has an integral role in its development.

On this page, you will find resources and documents to inform you about the core issues relating to the strategic management of rural land in the Tweed, as well as opportunities to provide your feedback at various stages throughout the project.


Updates

  • Wealth of options for Rural Land Strategy

    11 months ago

    It’s time to consider the options for a Rural Land Strategy being developed by Council.

    An Options Paper for the strategy has gone on exhibition for public comment until 4 September 2015, as part of consultation for the strategy.

    The Options Paper, developed by consultants GHD, includes the consultants’ assessment of possible actions to address issues identified in previous stages of the four-stage process to create the strategy.

    Council is now consulting with the community about the options, before deciding which options should be included in the final strategy.

    As part of the current exhibition period, a series of community... Continue reading

    It’s time to consider the options for a Rural Land Strategy being developed by Council.

    An Options Paper for the strategy has gone on exhibition for public comment until 4 September 2015, as part of consultation for the strategy.

    The Options Paper, developed by consultants GHD, includes the consultants’ assessment of possible actions to address issues identified in previous stages of the four-stage process to create the strategy.

    Council is now consulting with the community about the options, before deciding which options should be included in the final strategy.

    As part of the current exhibition period, a series of community information sessions is being held at centres throughout Tweed Shire on 27 July and 28 July (see key dates for details).

    Visit the Resources library on this page to see the Options Paper.

    Having trouble downloading the Options Paper? Visit the FAQs on this page to see where printed copies of the Options Paper are available to read.

    Further information is also available at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/onexhibition or by contacting Council’s Strategic Planning & Urban Design Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

    Submissions on the content of the Options Paper must be made in writing and received by Council no later than close of business on Friday 4 September 2015. They can be sent to:

    Rural Land Strategy – Options Paper

    General Manager

    Tweed Shire Council

    PO Box 816

    MURWILLUMBAH NSW 2484

    Click here to send an emailed submission


  • Information sessions to consider the options

    11 months ago

    Four community information sessions will be held at centres throughout Tweed Shire, as part of the As part of the exhibition period for the Options Paper: Options for the future of rural land in the Tweed:

    • Piggabeen Hall: Monday 27 July, 1.30pm - 3pm
    • Tyalgum Hall: Monday 27 July, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Burringbar School of Arts (Burringbar Hall): Tuesday 28 July, 1.30pm - 3pm
    • Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre Auditorium: Tuesday 28 July, 6pm – 7.30pm

    Four community information sessions will be held at centres throughout Tweed Shire, as part of the As part of the exhibition period for the Options Paper: Options for the future of rural land in the Tweed:

    • Piggabeen Hall: Monday 27 July, 1.30pm - 3pm
    • Tyalgum Hall: Monday 27 July, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Burringbar School of Arts (Burringbar Hall): Tuesday 28 July, 1.30pm - 3pm
    • Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre Auditorium: Tuesday 28 July, 6pm – 7.30pm

  • Stage 2 consultation documents on public exhibition

    about 2 years ago
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    Drawing on community engagement commenced in early 2013, the following documents have been prepared for the community's consideration and feedback and are now on public exhibition:


    A comprehensive guide to known resource material relevant to rural land in the Tweed and a draft land capability statement, based on previously published information.

    Draft Issues Analysis

    An overview and analysis of the key issues relevant to the future management of rural land in the Tweed, based on research and feedback gathered during community engagement to date.

    These documents are also available to view in hard copy at the following locations:

    • Chillingham Village Store (8.30am to 7pm, 7 days)
    • Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre (8.30am to 4.15pm weekdays)
    • Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre (9am to 4pm weekdays)
    • Uki Post Office (8.30am to 5pm weekdays)
    • Tweed Heads Civic Centre (8.30am to 4.15pm weekdays)
    • Tyalgum Store (7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 7.30am to 12.30pm Sunday)

    Council invites feedback on these draft documents from all interested stakeholders and members of the community.

    Submissions must be received by close of business on Monday 16 June 2014 and may be made to tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au or via post to:

    Rural Land Strategy

    General Manager

    Tweed Shire Council

    PO Box 816

    MURWILLUMBAH  NSW  2484


    For further details, please contact Council's Planning Reform unit on (02) 6670 2503.

    Drawing on community engagement commenced in early 2013, the following documents have been prepared for the community's consideration and feedback and are now on public exhibition:


    A comprehensive guide to known resource material relevant to rural land in the Tweed and a draft land capability statement, based on previously published information.

    Draft Issues Analysis

    An overview and analysis of the key issues relevant to the future management of rural land in the Tweed, based on research and feedback gathered during community engagement to date.

    These documents are also available to view in hard copy at the following locations:

    • Chillingham Village Store (8.30am to 7pm, 7 days)
    • Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre (8.30am to 4.15pm weekdays)
    • Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre (9am to 4pm weekdays)
    • Uki Post Office (8.30am to 5pm weekdays)
    • Tweed Heads Civic Centre (8.30am to 4.15pm weekdays)
    • Tyalgum Store (7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 7.30am to 12.30pm Sunday)

    Council invites feedback on these draft documents from all interested stakeholders and members of the community.

    Submissions must be received by close of business on Monday 16 June 2014 and may be made to tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au or via post to:

    Rural Land Strategy

    General Manager

    Tweed Shire Council

    PO Box 816

    MURWILLUMBAH  NSW  2484


    For further details, please contact Council's Planning Reform unit on (02) 6670 2503.

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  • Reference panel appointed

    almost 3 years ago
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    Council has appointed a Rural Land Strategy reference panel, which comprises 10 people with a diverse range of experience but who share a common interest in the future of rural land in the Tweed.

     

    While the reference panel will meet infrequently, its input to the technical review of draft documents will be critical in ensuring the Rural Land Strategy is as up-to-date and as relevant as possible.

    The members of the reference panel are:

    • Max Boyd - Dulguigan

    • Colin Brooks - Kynnumboon

    • Michael Davis - Crabbes Creek

    • Anne Duke - Tyalgum

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    Council has appointed a Rural Land Strategy reference panel, which comprises 10 people with a diverse range of experience but who share a common interest in the future of rural land in the Tweed.

     

    While the reference panel will meet infrequently, its input to the technical review of draft documents will be critical in ensuring the Rural Land Strategy is as up-to-date and as relevant as possible.

    The members of the reference panel are:

    • Max Boyd - Dulguigan

    • Colin Brooks - Kynnumboon

    • Michael Davis - Crabbes Creek

    • Anne Duke - Tyalgum

    • Rhonda James - Cudgera Creek

    • Christopher Lyndon - Cabarita Beach

    • Ian McBean - Cumbalum

    • Robert Quirk - Duranbah

    • Tom Senti - Murwillumbah

    • Peter Smith - Kunghur

    Detailed information about the panel including its members, their background and a copy of the reference panel charter are both available from the Documents and information section on this page.  

    The panel will be chaired by Council Senior Strategic Planner, Stuart Russell.

    The reference panel was formed to review draft documents to ensure they fully considered matters and are relevant to rural lands in the Tweed.

    Expressions of Interest were called for qualified professionals, experienced local rural landowners and other persons with a direct and recognised interest in the future of rural land in the Tweed. The panel will provide a technical review of draft documents before they go on public exhibition, and act as a technical resource to inform and guide best land use practices and outcomes of the Rural Land Strategy.

    The panel will convene for the remainder of the year as the final draft Rural Land Strategy is prepared.

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  • Dates confirmed for second round of forums

    almost 3 years ago
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    A second round of community issues forums will be staged for the Rural Land Strategy in mid-July.

    Dates have been confirmed for a series of four forums, where consultants EnPlan Partners will present their findings to date and discuss issues confronting the future of rural land in the Tweed.


     

    Second round of Issues Forums:

    Wednesday 17 July

    • Cabarita Beach Sports Centre (Raiders) Tweed Coast Road from 10am-noon.
    • South Sea Islander Room at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads from 5.30-7.30pm.

     Thursday 18 July

    A second round of community issues forums will be staged for the Rural Land Strategy in mid-July.

    Dates have been confirmed for a series of four forums, where consultants EnPlan Partners will present their findings to date and discuss issues confronting the future of rural land in the Tweed.


     

    Second round of Issues Forums:

    Wednesday 17 July

    • Cabarita Beach Sports Centre (Raiders) Tweed Coast Road from 10am-noon.
    • South Sea Islander Room at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads from 5.30-7.30pm.

     Thursday 18 July

    • Tyalgum Community Hall from 10am-noon.
    • Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah from 5.30-7.30pm.

    More than 150 Tweed residents took the opportunity to meet with Council officers during an initial round of Stage 2 Issues Forums during May and June.

    Further information, including a Draft Discussion Paper and Draft Resource Inventory and Rural Land Capability Assessment, are available on Council’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au from Tuesday 3 July 2013.

    Enquiries can be forwarded to Council’s Planning Reform Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

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  • Discussion paper released for public consideration

    almost 3 years ago
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    A Community Discussion Paper for the Tweed's Rural Land Strategy has been released by consultants EnPlan Partners.

    The community discussion paper was released on 2 July for consideration by the public before a second round of Stage 2 Issues Forums on 17 and 18 July 2013.

    Dates and details of the issues forums are available here

    EnPlan Partners has also created a Draft Resource Inventory and Land Capability Assessment, including a guide to resource materials relevant to rural land in Tweed Shire.

    A Community Discussion Paper for the Tweed's Rural Land Strategy has been released by consultants EnPlan Partners.

    The community discussion paper was released on 2 July for consideration by the public before a second round of Stage 2 Issues Forums on 17 and 18 July 2013.

    Dates and details of the issues forums are available here

    EnPlan Partners has also created a Draft Resource Inventory and Land Capability Assessment, including a guide to resource materials relevant to rural land in Tweed Shire.

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  • Extra days for Rural Land Strategy feedback

    almost 3 years ago

    Online forums and surveys for Council's Rural Land Strategy have been extended until the end of this week, to coincide with three community issues forums being held during the next few days.

    Council's Planning Reforms Unit is staging forums at:

    • Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre - Tuesday 4 June, 3-5pm
    • Piggabeen Hall - Wednesday 5 June, 3-5pm
    • Kingscliff Bowls Club - Thursday 6 June, 5.30-7.30pm

    "These forums are taking the discussion out to the communities, enabling residents to find out more about the Rural Land Strategy and give their input about how they would like rural... Continue reading

    Online forums and surveys for Council's Rural Land Strategy have been extended until the end of this week, to coincide with three community issues forums being held during the next few days.

    Council's Planning Reforms Unit is staging forums at:

    • Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre - Tuesday 4 June, 3-5pm
    • Piggabeen Hall - Wednesday 5 June, 3-5pm
    • Kingscliff Bowls Club - Thursday 6 June, 5.30-7.30pm

    "These forums are taking the discussion out to the communities, enabling residents to find out more about the Rural Land Strategy and give their input about how they would like rural land in the Tweed to look and feel over the next two decades," Senior Strategic Planner Stuart Russell said.

    "The online questionnaires and forums are further convenient ways for people to add their voice to the conversation, whenever and wherever it suits them.

    "While there has already been a fantastic response to the surveys, the rural land is a very important part of what gives the Tweed its distinctive character and we encourage everyone to provide their opinions."

    Click here to participate in the online surveys or here to get involved in the online forums.

    The surveys and online forums will close on Friday 7 June at 5pm.

    Enquiries can be forwarded to Council’s Planning Reform Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

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  • More issues forums

    about 3 years ago

    Three additional issues forums will be staged for Council's Rural Land Strategy next month, as part of the current series of community consultation sessions.

    More than 100 people attended the initial four forums - staged in Tyalgum, Chillingham, Burringbar and Murwillumbah last week - and Council resolved on Thursday to add further sessions in other parts of Tweed Shire:

    • Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre - Tuesday 4 June 3-5pm
    • Piggabeen Hall - Wednesday 5 June 3-5pm
    • Kingscliff Bowls Club - Thursday 6 June 5.30-7.30pm

    Community members also have until 31 May for provide input through online surveys... Continue reading

    Three additional issues forums will be staged for Council's Rural Land Strategy next month, as part of the current series of community consultation sessions.

    More than 100 people attended the initial four forums - staged in Tyalgum, Chillingham, Burringbar and Murwillumbah last week - and Council resolved on Thursday to add further sessions in other parts of Tweed Shire:

    • Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre - Tuesday 4 June 3-5pm
    • Piggabeen Hall - Wednesday 5 June 3-5pm
    • Kingscliff Bowls Club - Thursday 6 June 5.30-7.30pm

    Community members also have until 31 May for provide input through online surveys and forums.

    The strategy is being developed to provide clear guidance about the future uses of rural land in the Tweed, to achieve an optimal balance of uses including farming, protection of the environment, tourism, rural industries and housing.

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  • Issues forums are underway

    about 3 years ago
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    A series of community issues forums for the Rural Land Strategy got underway today, with forums in Tyalgum and Chillingham.

    A good mix of community representatives attended the opening forum in Tyalgum, raising many issues with the Council strategic planning staff on hand to answer their questions and record their input.

    The series continues tomorrow (Wednesday 15 May) with forums at the Burringbar Community Hall at 10am to noon and the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre auditorium from 7.30-9pm.

    The forums coincide with the recent launch of online forums for the Rural Land Strategy engagement campaign, giving... Continue reading

    A series of community issues forums for the Rural Land Strategy got underway today, with forums in Tyalgum and Chillingham.

    A good mix of community representatives attended the opening forum in Tyalgum, raising many issues with the Council strategic planning staff on hand to answer their questions and record their input.

    The series continues tomorrow (Wednesday 15 May) with forums at the Burringbar Community Hall at 10am to noon and the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre auditorium from 7.30-9pm.

    The forums coincide with the recent launch of online forums for the Rural Land Strategy engagement campaign, giving community members further opportunity to join the discussion when and where it suits them.

     

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  • Online forums another chance for input

    about 3 years ago

    A series of Tweed Rural Land Strategy online forums were launched today to provide another method of community input and to encourage discussions between members of the public.

    "The forums on www.yoursaytweed.com.au are a great way for community members to expand upon their concerns and ideas for rural land in the Tweed," Council Senior Strategic Planner, Stuart Russell, said.

    "Not only does it enable people to participate in the convervations whenever it suits them, it also fosters constructive discussions between members of the public.

    "They enable people to respond and build upon the feedback of others and... Continue reading

    A series of Tweed Rural Land Strategy online forums were launched today to provide another method of community input and to encourage discussions between members of the public.

    "The forums on www.yoursaytweed.com.au are a great way for community members to expand upon their concerns and ideas for rural land in the Tweed," Council Senior Strategic Planner, Stuart Russell, said.

    "Not only does it enable people to participate in the convervations whenever it suits them, it also fosters constructive discussions between members of the public.

    "They enable people to respond and build upon the feedback of others and these discussions really help the community to consider and identify how they want to Tweed rural land to look and feel in the future"

    Mr Russell said it was also a very transparent way for the community to provide input on the issue, allowing other people see their feedback to Council.

    People will have until 31 May 2013 to participate in the forums.

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