Art is the heart of the Caldera

Feb 4, 2019 | Media Release

A message from the Art Post Team

Art Post Uki feels compelled to issue a warning to all those establishments who use their space to sell and promote the work of local artists.

Art Post Uki has been notified by Tweed Shire Council that to continue running their small regular Art Exhibitions at the Uki Post Office, they must now apply to Council for a Development Application (DA). A DA is a formal request for consent to carry out proposeddevelopment, such as change of use of land and subdivide land etc. This can be a very expensive and tedious process which may make our non-for-profit art project unviable. Thissituationhas come about because of a complaint made to Council by onedisgruntled Uki business owner.

Since receiving notice of the singular complaint, Postmaster Gary Wall has had a number of meetings with local councillors, town planners and commercial lawyers about his rights as a business operator in the village. Beingadvised by council that there must be a DA in place for has had a serious impact on the future of the vibrant and well accepted community-based exhibitions. And if a DA becomes a general legal requirement then it will have a potentially damaging flow on effect on all establishments who sell and promote the work of local artists throughout the Tweed Shire.

Since beginning in February 2018, Art Post Uki has proved to be a huge success with the local community, has received widespread media coverage, added to the village’s economy and has increased the range of visitors both national and international. The exhibitions cover a range of styles and include special events for the local primary schools.

The quality of art and the region’s local artists attracts visitors and tourists from everywhere -art is the heart of the Caldera. It’s what makes the area so special and so well known. Tweed Shire Council must now answer questions that will be raised not only by Art Post Uki but by all owners and operators -including the Murwillumbah Art Trail -of small cafes, restaurants and specialised venues. Please consider how this ruling might affect you.

If you wish to contact Art Post Uki or the Tweed Shire Council to express your concern please go to our website will find further details below under the heading ‘What you cando’.

Thank you
Gary Wall, Uki Post Master0402 469 807 / (02) 6679 5101


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Gary Wall (Post Master, Art Post Uki) 0402 469 807 / (02) 6679 5101
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