Tweed Richmond Clarence

ImageThe Tweed Richmond Clarence Chapter covers the area widely known as the Northern Rivers of NSW. Our Chapter extends from The Queensland border City of Tweed Heads Coolangatta, down to the rural & coastal towns/ villages located in the National Parks surrounding Grafton, & stretches out to include the outlying rural villages beyond Kyogle & Casino. Our Chapter also includes the notable Regional Cities & towns of Lismore, Murwillumbah, Grafton, Yamba, Ballina, Mullumbimby, Brunswick heads, Kingscliff & of course the Iconic World renowned Byron Bay – the most easterly point in Australia.

Our region is enriched from the 3 large Rivers that flow from our hinterland areas to the Pacific Ocean, the mighty Tweed, Richmond & Clarence Rivers provide a stunning & very exciting natural regional landscape, the 3 Rivers have created the iconic & fertile Tweed Valley, Brunswick Valley, Richmond, Valley & Clarence Valley, all with their own unique local governance, business & agricultural pursuits, each with varying population types, each with differing Natural & Built features, & together they capitalise on the Tourism & Agriculture that thrives in our region.

Our Chapter area is also known as Summerland & is blessed with a mild, sub-tropical climate.

The region is preparing itself for a strong future, with innovative future planning and responsive economic and investment organisations.
The region can accommodate a range of development types from the large and extrovert to the small, petite and “natural”. It depends on the setting (both landscape and economic), the community and the local authority in which the development is proposed. Consistent with retaining the regions distinctive characteristics, different communities seek different types and densities of growth.

Some facts on the area:

  • Four major airports service the Tweed Richmond Clarence Valleys;
  • with a population of under 280,000 there is 4 million people living within 1 to 2 hours drive and a further 6 million are within a short flight;
  • a subtropical climate, but virtually tropical in character and lifestyle.
  • world heritage listed rainforests;
  • some of Australia’s best beaches and surfing;
  • a diverse, eclectic and original art, craft & music industry;
  • over 300 historic & culturally diverse villages and hamlets doted throughout the region.

Chapter Meetings
The TRC Chapter is a motivated & active Chapter currently with 29 members we engage in a monthly dinner meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each Month, generally includes informative presentations from the Building Industry stakeholders & suppliers.

These meetings also include formal Member presentations, & regular informal member forums to discuss Business direction & trends, regulatory issues, building materials & styles, & engage in co-sharing of ideas & business management.

TRC Chapter often undertake educational bussed Tours to Building Industry related Factories, Building Trade shows, Specialist new Buildings & Built Communities, to expand our knowledge & promote ongoing professional development. We also hold Bi-Annual Chapter Design Awards, along with a small number of social events each year.

Members are happy to mentor BDA student members & new practitioners to the industry.

The TRC Chapter embodies the values of the BDA - to assist its members, in their role as building designers, to achieve the highest standards of professionalism, building design and documentation for their clients, the industries they service and the built environment of the community as a whole.

To continue to enhance the professionalism of the building designers in their practices. Promote & advance the practice & profession of Building Design in this region.

Chapter Executive


Richard Lutze

Phone: 02 6628 5048


Vice Chairman

Pat Twohill

Phone: 07 5536 9020



Peter Turner

Phone: 02 6686 2665