TSC's bush protection gong

TWEED Shire Council has won an award for a bush-protection project.

The Tweed-Byron Bush Futures Project is designed to reduce threats to bushland integrity including weeds, feral animals, dumping and erosion.

On Tuesday, the council won the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-ground Works Award at the Sydney's 2010/11 Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards ceremony.

The Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project initially won the on-ground works award, based on the population size of the combined shires, and followed up by winning the overall category award from seven other finalists.

Tweed Shire Council's bush futures project manager John Turnbull said the win reflected the considerable efforts of the project's steering committee "who are very much a working committee with a hands-on role".

"My congratulations and thanks also go to all council staff, contractors, land carers, residents and others who have contributed to the project as this award recognises an outstanding effort by all involved," Mr Turnbull said.

"The award is a clear statement that the works being undertaken are seen by our peers across the state as a leading example of how bushland restoration, public education and involvement and commitment by the council to natural resource management can be undertaken."

This award follows another win earlier this year for the project, which was awarded the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 NSW Landcare Awards in September.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland said the Tweed Shire was characterised by the need for an appropriate balance between the pressure of urban development and the protection and enhancement of the Tweed's environment.

"This award recognises the dedication of our staff in their efforts to get the balance right," Cr Longland said.

"As well, it demonstrates how council can work with the community to bring about desired environmental outcomes."

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