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12 February, 2014

The Cedar Cutter is a well known and locally beloved sculpture located in adjacent to the car park in Knox Park, Murwillumbah.  This article is a reprint of a brochure originally printed courtesy of local community identity Phil Taylor, which provides a brief introduction about the founding of the Tweed, and the place of Cedar cutters in establishing it.

October 2008

The Lions Road Scenic Link.

Lions Road sign

In 1969, the NSW government rejected the building of a connection road between NSW and QLD north of Kyogle, so the local community, under the auspice of the local Lions Club, decided to do it themeselves.  A world class scenic drive is the result.

July 2007

Wooyung - A History The first whites were timber getters hunting for red gold. Stumps of red cedars can be seen from Jones's Road marked by the cuts used to support standing planks.

February 2004

Organising a series of free weekend seminars, Max Boyd provides a starting point for discussion and feedback for various industries, promoting sustainable development in the Tweed, in the lead up to Local Government elections on March 27th.

November 2003

Walk of Remembrance and Centaur Memorial.  During the Second World War, 41 allied naval and merchant ships were sunk off Australia's coast by enemy action.  Hundreds of service personnel and merchant seamen were killed in these tragedies.

March 2003

The Paths of Yoga - Unity in Diversity, by Filomena Aversa, practitioner and teacher in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.  A brief introduction to the origins of Yoga and the various philosophical systems (Darshanas) which yoga students and practitioners can apply.

March 2003

Local Dog Exercise Areas and dog friendly places in Byron Shire. A short article about dog walks, designated pet friendly areas and some eateries around Mullumbimby and the Byron Shire.

August 2001

Rare Mouse Found in the Border Ranges National Park. Considered to be extinct until it was re-discovered in 1981, a new population of an endangered native mouse has been found for the first time in the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park.

May 2001

Nightcap Oak

Nightcap Oak A New Rainforest Tree Species for New South Wales.  The discovery of a new rainforest tree in the forests of the Nightcap Range in far northern New South Wales has excited the botanical world, and focused a spotlight on the spectacular Mt Warning Caldera and its World Heritage National Parks and Reserves.

March 2001

One night only! Limpinwood Amphitheatre 5pm April 28. The Jar are considered amongst Australia's finest traditional folk musicians, renowned for giving dynamic performances straight from the heart, and having relevance and enthusiasm for a wide audience. Join us for a pre performance buffet dinner or set up early and watch the sun set and stars come out!

September 2000

Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.  Established as a marine reserve in 1982, after 10 years of lobbying by local users, Julian Rocks is one of Australia's top dive spots.  By Wandy Brouwer & Tim Hochgrebe of Planula Diver's Retreat.

July 2000

Byron Bay finally has a “legal” Clothing Optional Beach ... 3 glorious kilometres of clean, uncrowded white sand, clear unpolluted seas and great surf.  A report by Peter Bentley of Sense Adventures.

March 2000

Cocktails with Noel and Gertie.  presented by Top Hat Productions adapted from the works of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.  One evening performance on 8 April 2000 in the bush garden setting of the Limpinwood Amphitheatre.

February 2000

Science-Art Festival  Symbols of Our Age Seminars, Exhibition, Forum and Concert, re-uniting the sciences and the arts ushering in a New Renaissance.

January 2000

What could Oscar Wilde's Salome, Tadashi Suzuki's Actor Training Method and a Tea House in Limpinwood possibly have in common?  Read the review of the HOT HOT HOT! original performance by Brisbane's Frank Theatre.

July 1999

Frank Theatre returns to Wollumbin for their third season presenting Salome, by Oscar Wilde.  In May 1998, at the Limpinwood Amphitheatre adjacent to The Teahouse, Limpinwood, Frank Productions presented 3 evening performances of Macbeth, Crown of Blood. In March 1999 they returned with Heavy Metal Hamlet. In October we will be treated to a musical and colourful production of Salome. You'd be mad to miss it!

June 1999

Tomewin - A History  The modern history of the Tomewin region dates from the mid 19th century when first settlers engaged in timber getting, cattle grazing and banana growing.

June 1999

Bicycling

Wholesome, Sustainable Outdoor Education in the Tweed, by Greg Smith.  Adventure, fun, challenges, healthy risk taking, and quiet reflection are ... offered to schools and tertiary students participating in core components of the education curriculum, the Outdoor Education Curriculum.

April 1999

The Bundjalung people for many miles around called the mountain Wollumbin, ... it was an important sacred site, as their lives and religion were strongly linked to the land. An introduction to the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Tweed Heads Historic Site) and Bundjalung people of Wollumbin.

March 1999

Heavy Metal Hamlet, an intriguing open air adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Two evening performances in March in the bush garden setting of the Limpinwood Amphitheatre.

February 1999

The Big Climb by Stuart O'Neill.  Climbing Mount Warning in the World Heritage Central Eastern Rainforests (CERRA) of Australia sometimes results in unexpected rewards.

January 1999

Tweed Economic Development Corporation launches Ready for Business Investment portfolio launched by the TEDC, to encourage economically and environmentally sustainable development in the Tweed Shire.

December 1998

Osprey Breeding Observations Spring of 1998 has been a great year for fledging of Ospreys on the Tweed River estuary and the Tweed Coast.  National Parks and Wildlife Service officers rescued a pair of chicks from serious difficulties during a banding program.

November 1998

Bicycle Rides and Bushwalks of the Tweed Valley. After several years of exploring the Tweed, we have grown to enjoy many and varied bushwalks and cycle trips. To narrow this down to favourites is not easy, but a couple stand out ... by Robyn Cox

June 1998

Australian Whaling History by Max Egan, Centre for Coastal Management, Southern Cross University.

Whaling was Australia's first primary industry. Hunting was initially carried out from small boats and the whales were towed back to a shore station for processing.

November 1997

CALDERA TRACK PROPOSAL GAINS IMPETUS by Larry Anthony, MP; Federal Member for Richmond

Widely believed to have potential equal to the great walking tracks of the world, the Wollumbin Caldera region of Australia continues to suffer from lack of funding. Local Member of Parliament for Richmond, Larry Anthony, discusses the issues which need to be addressed if the vision is to become a reality.

August 1997

Fruit stall

Murwillumbah: Place of Many Possums and Great Lunches! by Carmel Harris, Main Street Co-Ordinator

We all know that Ecotourism means sustainable nature based tourism. By definition it also means cultural tourism.

Murwillumbah is truly central to the natural and cultural assets of the World Heritage areas of the Wollumbin Caldera.  Carmel Harris reckons it is central to cultural life of the region and a fine example of a truly rural town that has preserved its history and heritage.

June 1997

The magnificent Wedge Tail Eagle was once hunted to the verge of extinction, and is the largest bird of prey in Australia. With a wing-span of up to 2.5 metres, they soar and glide majestically in the air currents. They belong to the group of birds which also includes the golden eagle and other impressive birds.  By Bob Moffat, NSW NPWS Ranger.

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