April 17, 2013
The Tweed River Art Gallery, a unique and interesting display of modern rural architecture. Striking yet very simple, the building is in its own right a sculptural display of modern art.
March 23, 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that 5000 homes in Murwillumbah will be the first on the North Coast to receive the National Broadband Network (NBN) through fibre optic connection in 2015/16.
Ms Gillard was in Murwillumbah this morning to visit the Murwillumbah Community Centre with Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, and to make the announcement.
December 12, 2012
For the first time in Australian history, 150 of the greatest covers spanning over four decades of Rolling Stone Australia are touring the country. Rolling Stone: The Covers 1972 – 2000 is on display at Tweed River Art Gallery until early April 2013.
This show is an artisan travelling exhibition. artisan produces Australia’s largest touring program of craft and design exhibitions and is proud to partner with Rolling Stone Australia to present this first ever exhibition of Rolling Stone covers.
Rolling Stone magazine was launched in 1967 by the young and entrepreneurial Jann Wenner, in the San Francisco heartland of the counter-culture movement.
With an original masthead designed by the late psychedelic artist Rick Griffin, stunning photography and illustration by luminaries including Annie Leibovitz and Ralph Steadman, and the work of stellar art directors, Rolling Stone’s covers have become as iconic as the stars that feature on them.
Many of these covers have come to define an era. This is not in terms of the cover stars but through the brilliant design, photography, illustration and typography.
The Australian edition of Rolling Stone was launched in 1972 by Phillip Frazer, the founder and editor of the Australian popular-culture magazine Go-set.
Since then Australian Rolling Stone has had a string of great editors and art directors. Currently under the stewardship of Matt Coyte, Editor-in-chief, and Joe Ferrara, Art Director, the tradition of stunning cover design continues, as does the tradition of supporting talented local photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and writers.
The Australian Rolling Stone is the longest surviving overseas edition. As the premier music and entertainment magazine in Australia, Rolling Stone has come to reflect global and Australian popular culture with passion, honesty and attitude.
This exhibition features some of the best Australian covers from 1972 to 2010. Together, they chronicle the culture and design of the last four decades.
“I am sure visitors will be fascinated by this exhibition, ” the Director of Tweed River Art Gallery, Susi Muddiman, said.
“Many of the images from the cover of Rolling Stone are now iconic, possibly the most recognisable being the very moving Leibovitz photograph of John and Yoko Lennon in a nude embrace, and the most amusing the irresistibly cheeky Bon Scott doing what he does best. These images take us immediately to their time, as do the changing graphic design styles. This is a great show for lovers of music, design and photography.”
All are invited to attend the official exhibition opening by Phillip Frazer, who founded Rolling Stone Australia in 1972, at 6 (DST) on Friday 18 January 2013.
October 4, 2012
Police on the NSW/Queensland border have charged a man over an armed robbery at a Tweed Heads department store.
About 5.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 3 October 2012), a man approached the customer service counter at the front of the store, located within a Wharf Street shopping centre, and threatened a female employee with a firearm.
She handed over cash from a register before being ordered to lie on the floor.
The offender then fled the scene on foot.
Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command responded quickly to the incident.
As a result of inquiries, a 55-year-old Rockhampton man was arrested a short time later at a motel on Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads.
A replica pistol was also seized by officers.
The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon for this offence.
He was also charged with a further two counts of robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon, following an alleged robbery at a supermarket at Murwillumbah on the 30 September 2012 and a newsagency at Pottsville on 26 September 2012
He’s been refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on 15 October 2012.
August 29, 2012
The NSW Minister for the Arts, George Souris, today visisted the Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah to announce $200,000 in funding for the proposed Margaret Olley Art Centre.
The funding, which will be matched by Tweed Shire Council, has been provided through the 2012 Arts Funding Program.
August 16, 2012
Murwillumbah’s Madura Tea Estates was recently honoured to be recipient of best Tea Bag Award, as judged by Canstar Blue.
Executives of the ratings company were present to hand over the prestigious Blue Taste Award, the result of a survey of 2500 Australian consumers undertaken by research outﬁt Colmar Brunton.
July 1, 2012
Police are warning members of the public about the dangers of drug use after a number of overdoses within the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.
About 10am yesterday (Saturday 30 June 2012), a 25-year-old female was transferred from Murwillumbah to Tweed Heads Hospital suffering an unknown drug overdose.
A 25-year-old man was with the female and later collapsed.
The man and woman remain in intensive care.
About 3.20pm, a 28-year-old man attended Tweed Heads Hospital and collapsed.
He is also undergoing intensive care treatment.
During the day, a number of other persons attended Tweed Heads Hospital complaining of similar symptoms.
Investigations have revealed that a number of people may have consumed illicit drugs at a party in the Murwillumbah area.
Whilst the use of any illegal drug is dangerous and potentially fatal, police are urging anyone who has purchased or been offered a liquid substance believed to be gamma-hydroxybutric acid or ‘Fantasy’, not to consume it.
Any person who has consumed the liquid or other illicit drugs and who feels unwell, is advised to seek immediate medical attention.
Anyone with information in relation to this matter or with any other drug information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
May 27, 2012
Fame the Musical, directed by Annie Loctoki, may be a well-known movie and TV series about the gritty side of the theatre but it is actually full of romantic stories including a real-life romance which blossomed on the stage.
The show, being presented by the Tweed Theatre Company (TTC), has six main characters who all begin as freshman at the Performing Arts School in New York. The story weaves three love stories around these characters while in real life the TTC cast has its own love story.
Ensemble cast members, Lara Wilkinson, 16, and Guy Williams, 18, (both pictured), met two years ago. Guy is originally a hip hop dancer while Lara is an actor and singer with four major shows under her belt.
They met at an Arts Week concert where Guy was working as part of the sound crew backstage and Lara was performing. He was struck by her amazing voice and introduced himself. The rest is history.
“I got talked into the show by Lara but I’ve been a big supporter of hers for years. It is my first big production so it is great for Lara to be helping me,” said Guy.
March 21, 2012
A portrait of Margot Anthony AM, one of the Tweed River Art Gallery’s strongest patrons, is a highlight of New Acquisitions to the Collection, the latest exhibition at the Gallery featuring over 70 new works.
The portrait by Robert Hannaford, commissioned by the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation with assistance from the Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery’s donation fund, was completed as part of the artist’s exhibition Robert Hannaford: Open Studio, shown at the Gallery in late 2011 where visitors were offered the rare opportunity to see the artist and his sitter at work.
March 17, 2012
The Murwillumbah Men’s Shed has been given a significant boost with the donation of an entire workshop full of tools and equipment.
The family of late Banora Point resident Charlie Gray made the generous donation on his behalf after hearing the Men’s Shed was looking for equipment.
Charlie, who died a couple of years ago, was a merchant seaman who took part in a raid and evacuation of the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen and the repatriation of Russian nationals in 1941. He was also involved in the Normandy landings in June 1944.
His daughter, Ann Gray, said the family was pleased her father’s tools would be appreciated and looked after.
“My father did his apprenticeship in the Belfast Shipyard in Northern Ireland and was a master splicer, a dying art nowadays,” said Ms Gray.
“We as a family were happy to donate his tools to a not-for-profit organisation and what better way to keep his legacy alive than giving them to the Men’s Shed.”
Men’s Sheds are being set up across Australia with the aim of promoting men’s health by providing an informal space for men to gather, work on projects together and discuss issues they are facing in their lives.
Tweed Shire Council is supporting the Murwillumbah Men’s Shed by donating the old pump house at the water treatment facility at Bray Park for their use and is assisting in converting the space to their needs.
Mayor of Tweed Councillor Barry Longland said the Men’s Shed would be a valuable asset to the community.
“The Men’s Shed movement is spreading quickly in communities across the country and the main reason is there is such a strong need for it,” said Cr Longland.
“Isolation can be a real issue for men, especially as they age, and a facility like this where they can meet others and work on projects together is a great thing not only for them but also for their families and the community as a whole.”
John Pitt, secretary of the Murwillumbah Men’s Shed, said their members were blown away by the generosity of the Grays donation.
“It is simply a staggering amount of tools and equipment, but the best thing is they will continue to be used for years and years to come,” said Mr Pitt.
PICTURE: Murwillumbah Men’s Shed President Phil Davison, Heather Gray (seated), Ann Gray and Mayor of Tweed Councillor Barry Longland.