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A climate change forum is a highlight of this year’s annual Tweed River Festival, running from this Sunday till next Sunday (November 6–13).

The public forum, to be held on Tuesday 8 November from 6pm (DST), coincides with the 20th anniversary NSW Coastal Conference at Tweed Heads (November 8-11). Both events are hosted by Tweed Shire Council.

The forum will be held at the South Tweed Community Hall at the corner of Heffron Street and Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South.

Speakers include chair of the Coasts and Climate Change Council, Professor Bruce Thom, who will give a national perspective covering coastal science and implications for planning and management. The council advises the federal government on adaptation priorities.

Another speaker is Christopher Lee, manager of climate change impacts and adaptation in the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, who will provide insights into the NSW government’s role in developing policies and programs for climate change adaptation.

Local projects/issues

Tweed council staff will present local adaptation projects and issues including food security for the shire, flooding and coastal hazard management. Those wishing to attend can register by calling 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.

The Tweed River Festival celebrates our environment and community while promoting the importance of our catchment and waterways. It kicks off tomorrow with the Caldera Art 2011 exhibition at the World Heritage Rainforest Centre in Murwillumbah. The artworks highlight issues relevant to beach, foreshore, estuarine and riparian ecosystems.

The main day of the festival on Saturday, November 12, at the Jack Evans Boat Harbour features food, information stalls and family entertainment, culminating in the lantern parade at dusk (from 7.30pm) followed by fireworks over the water.

For the full program visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/riverfestival.

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