Profile of MAX BOYD AM for the MAX BOYD GROUP Tweed Shire Council Elections 27 March 2004.

Max Boyd Group

Sustainability and The Future of the Tweed

Profile of MAX BOYD AM

Dedication, Passion, Service, Experience, Performance, Commitment.

for the MAX BOYD GROUP Tweed Shire Council Elections 27 March 2004.

Written and Authorised by M. Boyd AM, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484.

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Max Boyd AM

Boyds Lane

Tel: (02) 6672 2843 (H)
Mobile: (0429) 904 396
Fax: (02) 6672 6586 (H)

Partner: Marguerite

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Max Boyd A.M.



With 39 years in Local Government, Max Boyd holds the record for continuous service in the Tweed Shire becoming the first Mayor of Tweed Shire in 1993. Elected as President/Mayor of the Shire on 18 occasions he topped the polls in 1964, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1991, again in 1995 with an all time record number of primary votes, and ran second in 1999.

He has served 11 terms as President and served 7 terms as Mayor.


Max is 70, married to Marguerite, with three sons Mark, Scott and Bradley and lives at Dulguigan.

Max is a life-long resident of the Tweed with strong ties to the area. His property at Dulguigan has been in the Boyd name for 72 years. His grand uncles selected the property in 1883. His great grandfather, Thomas Boyd, was one of the earliest settlers in the Tweed Valley at Chinderah where he built the first hotel in the valley and established a butcher shop to supply the needs of the pioneers. His grandfather selected land and farmed at Condong and Dungay where Max's father, John Reginald Boyd, was raised before going off to serve in World War 1.

Max himself completed his National Service Training in the Armed Forces in 1952 and went on to serve 10 years in the Citizens Military Forces. He was the first National Serviceman to be commissioned in NSW and attained the rank of Captain before being transferred to the reserve of Officers in 1962.

From 1974 to 1988, Max managed the Travel Centre of NSW at Tweed Heads following 6 years as Tourism Officer with the Tweed Tourist Authority in Murwillumbah. This career followed his 17 years as a dairy farmer. Today he retains a keen interest in the land and has a herd of Murray Grey cattle running on his property, 'Vermont'.  He has reafforested a large portion of his farm with cabinet timbers, and has developed an orchard of Davidson Plums and Riberry trees.

From 1988 to 1999 he devoted his full time energies to his position as Shire President and as Mayor, represented Council on a full schedule of public events, community activities and committees for the arts, business development, environment, tourism and community welfare attending on average over 600 official engagements per annum.


Max was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the January 1999 Honours List for service to Local Government.

He received his Long service Medal for 35 years of continuous service to Local Government in October 2000 and was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in July 2003.



Cr. Boyd was President of the Tweed- Brunswick Reafforestation Committee from its inception in 1977 to 1997 when it was decided to disband. This Committee has a record of having encouraged the planting of 1.6 million tree seedlings on private and public land in its 20 year history.

Cr. Boyd was appointed by the NSW Government to the position of Chairman of the Upper North East Regional Forest forum in 1997 and was a member of the Northern Rivers Regional Plantation Committee.


Member of the University of New England- Northern Rivers Advisory Council for 3 years prior to the establishment of the Southern Cross University. He played an important part in the decision by SCU to establish its Campus at Tweed Heads and has maintained an active interest in its expansion in Tweed Shire. He is an official ambassador for public education.


Max Boyd served for many years as a Council delegate to the Murwillumbah & District Tourism Assn.

Max was the only remaining Foundation Member with 32 years of continuous service on the Joint Tourism Committee which included the local gov. Areas of Gold Coast, Beaudesert and Ballina. He served 5 terms as its president and 2 as its secretary. The JTC was disbanded in 2003.


Cr. Boyd has been a member of the Rotary Club of Murwillumbah for 34 years and was honoured by his Club with a "Paul Harris Award" in 1982.

Max was a Foundation Member and the inaugural President of the Tweed- Byron Life Education Unit Committee and also the Tweed Bicentenary Committee. He was also a member of the Murwillumbah Community Youth Support Scheme for 2 years.

In 1999 he became Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee which managed with magnificent support of the Tweed Community to raise almost $250,000 to build the Mt. Warning Respite House in Murwillumbah.

Member of Councils Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Disability Access Committee.

Arts and Culture

Chaired the inaugural Committee which organised and ran the first Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Currently Chairman of the Tweed Shire Cultural Advisory Committee, Art Gallery Management Committee, The Richmond - Tweed Regional Library Board and Tweed Shire Festivals and Events Committee. Involved with community based heritage study.

Patron of the Tweed River Historical Society and Tweed Heads Historical Society.


Max was Secretary of the Tweed Banana Festival Committee for 1 year. The Tweed Shire representative on the Richmond-Tweed Regional Development Committee for 10 years, the last 6 as vice-President. President of the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce in 1960. on which he served for 10 years.

Waterways and Catchments

In November 1998 Cr. Max Boyd was reappointed by the Minister to the Tweed Catchment Management Committee as a representative of local government, terminating in June 2001.

In May 2000 he was appointed by the Minister to the position of Deputy Chairman of the Richmond- Tweed Catchment Management Board and served continuously until it was disbanded in December 2003. Member of the Tweed River Committee and Tweed Coastal Committee.

Cr. Boyd was an active member of the Northern Rivers Regional Strategy Management Committee from it's inception.


Since it's inception Cr. Boyd has been Vice President of the Northern Rivers Agricultural Development Association and has contributed much effort and time to finding new and more profitable crops to enhance the Tweed's rural community. Max has had continuous experience as a farmer from 1952 to the present.


During his record term in Council, Cr. Boyd has played his part in providing for a population which grew from 19,000 in 1964 to approx 75,000 today.

In this time he has given positive support for:

  • The $30 Million Clarrie Hall Dam and Tweed District Water Augmentation Scheme which will supply district water requirements well into the 21st Century.
  • Water supplies for Tyalgum and Uki and extensions of the Tweed District Water Supply to Burringbar, Mooball, Bogangar, Hastings Point, Pottsville, Kiel Vale, Nunderi, Terranora and Bilambil Heights.
  • Sewerage Schemes for Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads South, Tweed Heads West, Banora Point, Kingscliff, Bogangar, Hastings Point, Pottsville, Fingal Head, Cudgen, Chinderah, Bray Park, Condong, Tyalgum, Tumbulgum and the new sewerage plants at Murwillumbah and Uki, plus the soon to be constructed Burringbar-Mooball STP.
  • Council Land development on Greenbank, Tweed Heads; the McPhail Estate at Kingscliff; Dallis Park at Murwillumbah.  Small developments at Bilambil and Burringbar.
  • The construction of Civic and Cultural Centres at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads in 1975.
  • The construction of major sporting complexes at Tweed Heads South, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff, Bilambil, and Piggabeen and smaller grounds at Uki, Chillingham, Pottsville, and Bogangar
  • The provision of excellent swimming complexes at Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.
  • The acquisition of the site for the Tweed's next major dam and storage area at Byrrill Creek covering approx. 1,599 hectares.
  • The planting of almost 350 ha of eucalypt plantations on Council's land at Byrrill Creek.
  • The construction of the Tweed Tourist Centre at Murwillumbah which has served the district very well for the past 31 years. This centre has now been expanded to become the World Heritage Rainforest Centre.
  • The establishment of the Tweed River Art Gallery in 1988 in Murwillumbah which fulfilled a long recognized need in the Tweed community.
  • The construction of the new $3,6 million Tweed River Art Gallery opened by the Governor of NSW on 1st February 2004.
  • Main Street Programs for Tweed Heads ($3.1 million); Murwillumbah ($600,000) and Kingscliff ($300,000),
  • The establishment of and continued support for the Tweed Economic Development Corporation and the Tweed/Coolangatta Tourism Incorp.
  • The extensions to the libraries at Tweed Heads ($1.37 million) and Murwillumbah ($100,000) and the construction of a new library and Meals-on-wheels kitchen at Kingscliff ($1.434 million).
  • The acquisition of former school property at Pottsville for its use as a community centre.
  • The construction of the South Tweed Community Hall and the new Community Centre at Banora Point due for construction in 2004.
  • The establishment of the Tweed Valley Lawn Cemetery at Duranbah and the associated Botanical Gardens.
  • The Bicentennial Environmental Centre at Pottsville.
  • The introduction of split wheelie bins which are recognised as the most efficient and cheapest system of collecting recyclables and garbage.
  • The acquisition and development of the Buchanan Industrial Estate in Murwillumbah by Council.
  • A Central garbage depot at Stotts Creek.


I believe that all residents, electors and property owners should be treated equally. The prime function of councillors is to make policies which must be acted upon by staff, justly and fairly to everyone. Councillors must serve with honesty and integrity, without fear or favour to anyone.

Council's motto is "in pursuit of excellence" which all councillors should strive to achieve at all times.

Tweed Shire is a very special place. It behoves everyone who lives here to cherish it, protect it and wherever possible, to enhance it. We are indeed a last frontier of diverse landscapes, waterways, flora and fauna.

Our geographical diversity is equally matched by the diversity of the people that call the Tweed their home and therefore, a healthy democracy is one that functions best on knowing what these people want.

With the vast improvement in information technology, citizens are now able to make their concerns, ideas, suggestions and opinions readily available to local government. It is our job to hear them and help them.

I am in a position to give local government my full and undivided attention with community interests always taking preference over the development sprawl.

I am dedicated to protecting and preserving this magnificent place we call home. I am a true independent who is steadfast in providing you, the electorate, with a progressive future which we can all be proud of and part of!

I am absolute, unconnected with, uncontrolled by and unrelated to any political party.

Your sincerely

Max Boyd AM

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