Work is set to begin on the revitalisation of Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads to create a family-friendly destination for locals and tourists.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Warren Polglase was very pleased to turn the first sod on the northern side of the Harbour today, saying the commencement of the project was an important milestone for Tweed Heads and the Tweed community.

“This project has been in the pipeline for 15 years, so it is very gratifying for myself and for Tweed Shire Council to announce that we will finally see some works on the ground starting this week,” Councillor Polglase said.

“I’d like to thank our Federal Member, Justine Elliot for her support with this project. It’s great to see us working collaboratively to reach an outcome which is in the best interests of the Tweed community.

“The revitalisation of Jack Evans Boat Harbour will be the catalyst for a rejuventation of Tweed Heads, which certainly needs a new direction after many tough years for local businesses.

“This council is committed to this project and has provided substantial funding of $5 million to Stage One.”

Ms Elliot was also present, with the Australian Government recently committing $1.8 million to the project. The NSW Department of Planning provided an additional $230,000.

The $7 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.

The design of the project 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 land forming and extensive drainage works for the catchment areas to the west of the harbour are necessary to ensure storm-water drainage is collected and treated for removal of pollutants before discharge into the harbour.

These drainage works will be carried out by the council’s day labour and will cost in the vicinity of $2 million.

The detailed stormwater infrastructure treatment involves realigning, relocating and minimising the number of outfalls and incorporating gross pollutant traps.

The upgrading of the stormwater treatment and outlets into the harbour will have beneficial impacts on the overall water quality of the harbour by removing water-borne sediment and gross pollutants that now enter the water body.

Stage One includes:
Drainage infrastructure:
• Amalgamation of drains from six outlets to two;
• Water Sensitive Urban Design Drainage Beds
• Creation of overland flow path for storm events
• Addition of in-line filtration and gross pollutant traps
Harbour edge landscape construction:
• Regional cycleway with link to Bay, Boundary and Coral Streets
• Boardwalks, beach decks and platforms
• New headland with ‘all abilities’ access ramp and rock pools
• Rejuvenated and enlarged beach areas
• Landscaping including tree planting and garden beds
• Furniture: seating, rubbish/recycling bins, drinking fountains, lighting and signage
• Salt-water People Story Wall (without artwork)
Goorimahbah and adjacent site preparation:
• Demolition of caravan park elements (western gravel carparking retained)
• Landforming to shape mounds for future gardens and story wall insertion
• Grassing of entire site and planting of trees where possible
• BBQ and picnic area with shelters, rubbish bins and drinking fountains.
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