Work has begun on a $200,000 upgrade to the public reserve in the heart of Tyalgum.

Earthworks last week kicked off the Tyalgum Trust Public Reserve upgrade, which will include an expansion of the youth precinct and the installation of new shelters and barbecues.

The youth precinct will comprise new skate street equipment, improved half-court basketball facilities and playground equipment.

The seven-week upgrade is Stage 1 of a two-part project in Tyalgum. Stage 2 will create a lookout at the village’s former waste transfer station site and is scheduled for the new year.

Council worked with the Tyalgum Community Consultation Group to design the reserve upgrade, which is the result of public discussions following the closure of the Tyalgum Waste Transfer station last year.

Low patronage of the transfer station and high costs led to its closure and Council engaged with the community to determine how the site and operating costs could be reallocated to better benefit the local community.

Those discussions led to the ongoing creation of a dedicated lookout at the transfer station site and the injection of funds to improve Tyalgum Trust Public Reserve.

The reallocated transfer station operating funds have been complemented by $20,000 through the Federal Stronger Communities Program and an additional $50,000 provided by Council through funding for the Tweed Youth Strategy and Action Plan, which identified the need for better facilities in Tyalgum for young people.