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Tweed Shire

Tweed Shire is a Local Government Area located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, on the border with Queensland where it meets the Pacific Ocean coast. The shire, administered from the town of Murwillumbah, covers an area of , and has existed as a local government entity since 1947. It was named for the Tweed River.

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History

Region history

The European history of the Tweed Shire began in 1823 when the Tweed River was discovered by John Oxley. After sheltering on Cook Island, (4 km from the River's mouth), Oxely travelled 11 km up river. In 1828, Captain H. J. Rous explored 50 km up the river. Settlers began to arrive in 182?, the first of which were the cedar getters, who came to harvest Great Red Cedars and send them back to England.[1] During the height of the cedar logging industry, the Tweed Valley was one of the wealthiest districts in Australia.

Municipal history

The Municipality of Murwillumbah was created on 25 May 1902, and held its first meeting on 22 August 1902, at which Peter Street was elected its first Mayor. The Shire of Tweed, with its primary centre of population at Tumbulgum on the Tweed River, came into being in the surrounding area on 7 March 1906 with the enactment of the Local Government Act 1906.

On 1 January 1947, the two amalgamated to form Tweed Shire.[2]

The council was sacked by the Governor of New South Wales on 25 May 2005 following the initial report from a public enquiry.

Demographics

At the 2006 census, Tweed Shire had a population of 79,321.[3]

! Tweed Region[4] State[5]
Median age 44 42 37
Median weekly individual income $364 $370 $461
% of residents born overseas 21.1 17.8 31.0
% Indigenous population 2.9 3.3 2.1

The most popular religious affiliations in descending order in the 2006 census were Anglican, Catholic, no religion, Uniting and Presbyterian. A small but significant Sikh community is based in Murwillumbah.

Towns and localities

Duranbah Beach.

Tweed Heads
Tweed Coast
Murwillumbah
Towns
Other localities

Population

Year Population
1911 9,514
1921 15,136
1933 17,099
1947 19,321
1954 21,144
1961 22,491
1966 23,154
1976 27,526
1981 40,050
1986 45,690
1991 55,857
1996 66,519
2001 74,577
2006 83,089
2011 88,463

Shire Presidents

  • C E Cox (1947 1948) (provisional)
  • A Buckley (1948 1949)
  • C E Cox (1949 1957)
  • Harold Lundberg (1957 1958)
  • Clarrie Hall (1958 1959)
  • Harold Lundberg (1959 1961)
  • Clarrie Hall (1961 1963)
  • Harold Lundberg (1963 1964)
  • Clarrie Hall (1964 1973)
  • Charles Jarvis (1973 1975)
  • Clarrie Hall (1975 1979) (died in office 6 October 1979)
  • Max Boyd (1979 1981)
  • Mrs Y A M Rowse (1981 1984)
  • Max Boyd (1984 1999)
  • Lynne Beck (1999 2001)
  • Warren Polglase (2001 2005)
  • vacant (2005 2008)
  • Joan van Lieshout (2008 2009)
  • Warren Polglase (2009 2010)
  • Kevin Skinner (2010 2011)
  • Barry Longland (2011-present)

References

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