Council is seeking expressions of interest from members of the community to join two management committees: the Rural Land Industry Management Committee and the Koala Beach Wildlife and Habitat Management Committee.
Manager Sustainability and Environment Jane Lofthouse said the management committees would play a significant role in decision-making, by providing advice, recommendations and support to achieve important sustainability and environmental outcomes in the Tweed.
“To support sustainable primary production on local farmland and the productivity of our agricultural sector, the newly established Rural Land Industry Management Committee will use their experience and knowledge to provide advice, recommendations and support to Council, which in turn will lead to better outcomes for our Shire,” Ms Lofthouse said.
“Member responsibilities for this committee include communication and policy advocacy between industry, rural landholders and government on issues relating to agriculture, delivering on-ground regenerative farming activities in their respective industries and recommending opportunities that will enhance sustainable agricultural industries in the Tweed.
“Council staff really value the support, advice and recommendations we receive from these management committees and so it is important we have the right representation.
“I encourage passionate, experienced, local people engaged in agricultural businesses or those with a related qualification like planning, agronomy or economics to get involved. There are a number of successful local agricultural enterprises in the area that we can look up to, but it is only by working together that we can make the Tweed better tomorrow than it is today.”
This new committee will consist of 10 members to be appointed for the current term of Council and will meet twice a year.
Council is also seeking expressions of interest from residents and landowners interested in joining the Koala Beach Wildlife and Habitat Management Committee.
Koala Beach Estate is a residential development located between Pottsville and Hastings Point on the Tweed Coast. The development includes 270 hectares of bushland reserved for nature conservation and is home to at least 24 threatened species and ecological communities.
“Each property owner in Koala Beach Estate pays a special rate which contributes to the ongoing management of its environmental values,” Ms Lofthouse said.
“The Koala Beach Wildlife and Habitat Management Committee is one formal way that residents and landowners at Koala Beach can provide input to the management of the unique environmental values of the estate.”