The long-awaited Jack Evans Boat Harbour Revitalisation Project is a step closer to being realised, with consultants completing a detailed design for Stage One of the 4.3 hectares of parkland at Tweed Heads.

The council will hold public information sessions next Tuesday (14 April) and in the following week on Thursday (23 April) to unveil the detailed design for Stage One and provide an opportunity for questions from the public.

Members of the Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce will hear the presentation at their monthly breakfast on Tuesday, 14 April at 6.30am.

The proposal will be on public exhibition for 28 days from Wednesday 15 April 2009 until Wednesday 13 May 2009 and submissions from the public are invited.

“The design was the subject of extensive consultation over a number of years and has been developed to reflect feedback from consultation on the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Concept Plan in 2006,” the council said.

The full $14.35 million project includes a $3.37 million contribution from Tweed Shire Council.

In addition, the council has applied for $10.65 million from the Federal Government’s Regional Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects.

The NSW Department of Planning has committed an additional $230,000.

The $7.6 million Stage One of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Revitalisation project consists of drainage infrastructure, boardwalks, harbour revetment, a cycleway, park furniture, landscaping and barbecues.

It also includes the first stage of the Goorimahbah – Place of Stories Aboriginal botanic and artwork gardens.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Cr Joan van Lieshout welcomed the exhibition of the detailed design, saying this was an opportunity for a much-loved public gathering place to be rejuvenated.

“Jack Evans Boat Harbour has immense potential to become a unique place of leisure for everyone, and provide a spectacular gateway to the shire,” Cr van Lieshout said.
“I urge members of the public to take a look at what is planned for Jack Evans Boat Harbour and be part of this wonderful revitalisation of the precinct and eventually, the Tweed Heads CBD as a whole.

“I am confident our Federal Member Justine Elliot will get behind Council’s application for an additional $10.65 million from a Federal Government grant scheme.”

The public informations session will be held on Tuesday, 14 April at 2pm and 6pm and on Thursday, 23 April at 6pm at the Stars Room on Level 5 at Twin Towns Services Club. There is no need to book for these sessions.

A series of fact sheets about the project will be available on Tweed Shire Council’s website from Tuesday, 14 April.