Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program

Council is preparing a new management plan for the Tweed River Estuary.

The Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program will provide recommendations for the future management of this important waterway, and will follow NSW government guidelines for coastal management.

The Tweed River Estuary is the tidal section of the river, a 35km stretch between the Bray Park Weir at Murwillumbah and the river mouth at Tweed Heads.

The Tweed River Estuary is many things to many people and community members will be invited to provide their feedback to help guide the plan’s priorities. TheContinue reading

Council is preparing a new management plan for the Tweed River Estuary.

The Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program will provide recommendations for the future management of this important waterway, and will follow NSW government guidelines for coastal management.

The Tweed River Estuary is the tidal section of the river, a 35km stretch between the Bray Park Weir at Murwillumbah and the river mouth at Tweed Heads.

The Tweed River Estuary is many things to many people and community members will be invited to provide their feedback to help guide the plan’s priorities. The scenic waterway and picturesque surrounds are used extensively for recreational activities and are extremely important to the local community.

Click here to share your comments and photos.

Click here to complete an online survey for the management plan before 7 November.

The Estuary retains a cultural connection for Aboriginal people and is a place for traditional cultural practices.

It is also highly valued as a commercial waterway and is integral to tourism and agricultural practices on the floodplain, contributing to the local economy.

It has a diversity of habitats for a wide variety of plants and animals and is home to a number of protected flora and fauna species, including estuarine vegetation (mangrove, saltmarsh and seagrass), shorebirds, raptors and fish species.

Maintaining the environmental health of the river is essential to sustain all its beneficial uses by the community.

It can be difficult to balance recreational, commercial and environmental priorities in a busy and popular waterway like the Tweed River, particularly in the face of population growth and rising sea levels. The key requirement of the management plan is to determine actions that can be implemented by Council, government agency stakeholders and the community to achieve the right balance between the many different uses and to protect nature, scenic and recreational values, livelihoods and cultural practices.

Keep an eye on this webpage for project updates. However, for further information, click here to find out how to contact a team member.

  • Fantastic response to Tweed River survey

    3 months ago

    More than 850 people have shared how they use the Tweed River and their opinions on how it should be managed, by participating in the Tweed River Estuary Management Program community survey.

    Several hundred residents completed the online version on Your Say Tweed, while many more delivered printed copies to the Council offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads and others completed printed surveys at community events attended by Council staff.

    That’s in addition to the more than 400 people who provided their input through a telephone survey of randomly selected residents.

    The huge response... Continue reading

    More than 850 people have shared how they use the Tweed River and their opinions on how it should be managed, by participating in the Tweed River Estuary Management Program community survey.

    Several hundred residents completed the online version on Your Say Tweed, while many more delivered printed copies to the Council offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads and others completed printed surveys at community events attended by Council staff.

    That’s in addition to the more than 400 people who provided their input through a telephone survey of randomly selected residents.

    The huge response shows there’s plenty of community interest in the Tweed River and how it is managed.

    A summary of results from the surveys will be featured on this webpage once they are available.

    You can still share your thoughts about the Tweed River and contribute towards the management program, by uploading your Tweed River photos and ideas to the story board.


  • Tweed River literature review released

    3 months ago

    A review of available information on the management of the Tweed River Estuary, and other resources that will support the production of the Tweed River Estuary Management Plan, is now available in the Document Library.

    The draft Tweed River Estuary Management Plan Literature Review summarises all existing known and relevant information about the river, and is the first outcome of the study, through independent consultant Hydrosphere Consulting.


    A review of available information on the management of the Tweed River Estuary, and other resources that will support the production of the Tweed River Estuary Management Plan, is now available in the Document Library.

    The draft Tweed River Estuary Management Plan Literature Review summarises all existing known and relevant information about the river, and is the first outcome of the study, through independent consultant Hydrosphere Consulting.


  • Extended deadline for survey

    4 months ago
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    Almost 400 people have participated in the community survey for the Tweed River Estuary Management Program but we want to hear from even more residents.

    The deadline for the survey has been extended until 19 November, so more people can provide their input.

    Click here to complete the online survey.

    Printed copies are available at Council’s Murwillumbah and Tweed offices and the libraries.

    Council staff will be on hand at the Murwillumbah Show this Friday and Saturday, as well as the Tweed River Festival family day at Tumbulgum on Saturday 12 November, to help people complete the survey.

    You can... Continue reading

    Almost 400 people have participated in the community survey for the Tweed River Estuary Management Program but we want to hear from even more residents.

    The deadline for the survey has been extended until 19 November, so more people can provide their input.

    Click here to complete the online survey.

    Printed copies are available at Council’s Murwillumbah and Tweed offices and the libraries.

    Council staff will be on hand at the Murwillumbah Show this Friday and Saturday, as well as the Tweed River Festival family day at Tumbulgum on Saturday 12 November, to help people complete the survey.

    You can also click here to provide comments and upload photos about:

    • important locations or issues
    • what the Tweed River Estuary means to you
    • how you enjoy the Tweed River
  • Community online survey now open

    5 months ago

    Provide your feedback on the management of the Tweed River by completing a community online survey now open.

    The survey, being conducted by independent survey consultant Jetty Research, replicates the questions in a phone survey completed by Jetty Research in September.

    The phone survey randomly selected residents to get a statistically representative sample of community views for the management plan.

    Now everyone has the chance to give their feedback on the use and preservation of our iconic Tweed River.

    The community survey will be open until Monday 7 November at 9am.

    Printed copies of the survey are also available at... Continue reading

    Provide your feedback on the management of the Tweed River by completing a community online survey now open.

    The survey, being conducted by independent survey consultant Jetty Research, replicates the questions in a phone survey completed by Jetty Research in September.

    The phone survey randomly selected residents to get a statistically representative sample of community views for the management plan.

    Now everyone has the chance to give their feedback on the use and preservation of our iconic Tweed River.

    The community survey will be open until Monday 7 November at 9am.

    Printed copies of the survey are also available at Council's Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah offices and the libraries at Kingscliff, Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.

  • The study area

    6 months ago
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    The study area for the Plan is the tidal section of the Tweed River, between the Bray Park Weir at Murwillumbah and the mouth of the river at Tweed Heads.

    This includes the tidal section of the Rous River.

    The Tweed River catchment has an area of 1,326km2 and is almost entirely encompassed within Tweed Shire.

    Upstream of Murwillumbah, the Tweed and Oxley Rivers drain the steep ranges encircling Mt Warning-Wollumbin and meet at Byangum, just above the Bray Park Weir.

    Bray Park Weir is the upward limit of tidal influence and is where Tweed Shire's drinking water supply... Continue reading

    The study area for the Plan is the tidal section of the Tweed River, between the Bray Park Weir at Murwillumbah and the mouth of the river at Tweed Heads.

    This includes the tidal section of the Rous River.

    The Tweed River catchment has an area of 1,326km2 and is almost entirely encompassed within Tweed Shire.

    Upstream of Murwillumbah, the Tweed and Oxley Rivers drain the steep ranges encircling Mt Warning-Wollumbin and meet at Byangum, just above the Bray Park Weir.

    Bray Park Weir is the upward limit of tidal influence and is where Tweed Shire's drinking water supply is extracted.

    Below Murwillumbah, the estuary meanders across an extensive floodplain dominated by sugar cane and is joined at Tumbulgum by its northern tributary, the Rous River.

    The Cobaki and Terranora systems are also major tributaries of the Tweed River system and join the estuary at Tweed Heads. However, the Cobaki and Terranora systems do not form part of the study area because they were assessed during preparation of the Cobaki and Terranora Broadwater Coastal Zone Management Plan in 2013.


  • Share your views

    6 months ago

    Public input is invited to provide insight to how the community values and uses the Tweed River Estuary.

    We want to hear from you about the important issues, management ideas and observations about the Tweed River as a whole, or about particular locations in the river and its catchment.

    This feedback will help identify management issues and help to tailor management solutions and actions in the plan.

    You can have your say in a number of ways.

    Click here to provide comments and upload photos about:

    Public input is invited to provide insight to how the community values and uses the Tweed River Estuary.

    We want to hear from you about the important issues, management ideas and observations about the Tweed River as a whole, or about particular locations in the river and its catchment.

    This feedback will help identify management issues and help to tailor management solutions and actions in the plan.

    You can have your say in a number of ways.

    Click here to provide comments and upload photos about:

    • important locations or issues
    • what the Tweed River Estuary means to you
    • how you enjoy the Tweed River

    Click here to complete an online community survey open until Monday 7 November at 9am.

    Printed copies of the survey are also available at Council's Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah offices and the libraries at Kingscliff, Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.

    A community survey will be conducted as a phone random survey during September. Project partner Jetty Research will complete the phone random survey to provide a statistically representative snapshot of the how Tweed residents value the Tweed River Estuary and the key issues about how it should be managed.

    The Draft Plan will be publicly available during 2018, when information sessions will enable community members to provide more input to the plan. Public submissions will be considered in the review and finalisation of the draft Coastal Management Plan.


  • Phone survey in September

    6 months ago

    Independent engagement consultants Jetty Research will conduct a phone random survey for Council during September, as a first step in community engagement for the Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program.

    The phone survey will randomly contact Tweed residents to get a statistically representative snapshot of community attitudes and uses of the Tweed River Estuary.

    An online questionnaire mirroring the phone survey is now open until Monday 7 November for the wider community to complete.


    Independent engagement consultants Jetty Research will conduct a phone random survey for Council during September, as a first step in community engagement for the Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program.

    The phone survey will randomly contact Tweed residents to get a statistically representative snapshot of community attitudes and uses of the Tweed River Estuary.

    An online questionnaire mirroring the phone survey is now open until Monday 7 November for the wider community to complete.


  • Want more information?

    6 months ago

    Keep an eye on this webpage for project updates. However, further information on the project is also available by contacting:

    Tom Alletson, Tweed Shire Council

    Email: TAlletson@tweed.nsw.gov.au

    Phone: (02) 6670 2577

    OR:

    Katie Pratt, Hydrosphere Consulting

    Email: katie.pratt@hydrosphere.com.au

    Phone: (02) 6686 0082


    Keep an eye on this webpage for project updates. However, further information on the project is also available by contacting:

    Tom Alletson, Tweed Shire Council

    Email: TAlletson@tweed.nsw.gov.au

    Phone: (02) 6670 2577

    OR:

    Katie Pratt, Hydrosphere Consulting

    Email: katie.pratt@hydrosphere.com.au

    Phone: (02) 6686 0082