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Anchorage Island Boardwalk Closure

A timber boardwalk at Keith Curran Reserve in Tweed Heads has been closed to public access because of public safety concerns about the ageing structure.

It is believed the boardwalk, located on the northern side of Anchorage Island, was constructed in the early 1990s to enable users to walk out over the mangroves and provide access to public land in the Anchorage development.

A routine inspection of the boardwalk in April 2016 revealed several sections of the 200-metre-long structure have reached the end of their lifespan. As a result, the full length of the structure will be closed while Council identifies necessary repairs and considers available options, including:

  • Renewing the existing structure
  • Investigate the state of the existing piles and other structural components and their capacity to comply with current Australian Standards.
    If this review is favourable:
  • consider options and estimate costs to renew the structure
  • estimate how long the useful life of the structure would be extended by the repairs
  • Remove and replace the structure
  • Consider the existing structure’s purpose and identify options that would fulfil this purpose.
  • The replacement structure might be different in form to the existing boardwalk.
  • Remove the structure with no replacement

Public expectations, environmental and social values and budgetary constraints will be considered when assessing all three options.

As part of those considerations, Council would like to know the level of public use and invites feedback from the community.

To provide input, visit yoursaytweed.com.au and see News Updates.

Further information is available by contacting Council on (02) 6670 2400.

Public Facilities

Public facilities including canals, boat ramps and jetties/pontoons are also built, operated and maintained by the Waterways Program.

Issue's covered by the Waterways Program include:

  • Public pontoons and Jetties
  • Public boat ramps
  • Applications for private boat ramps, jetties/pontoons

Pontoon


Tweed Shire Council owns various boat ramps, jetties, pontoons and wharves throughout the shire, please see the list below to locate one near you.

Facility NameFacility TypeLocation
Kennedy Drive Boat RampBoat Ramp, Timber Jetty and PontoonRay Pascoe Park - Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads.
Lakes Drive Boat RampBoat Ramp and PontoonLakes Drive, Tweed Heads West.
Fingal Head Boat RampBoat Ramp and PontoonFingal Boat Ramp, Main Road Fingal
Condong Boat RampBoat Ramp and Pontoon Clarrie Purnell Park - McLeod Street, Condong.
Commercial Road Boat RampBoat RampCommercial Road, Murwillumbah.
Tumbulgum Boat RampBoat Ramp and JettyFaith Mussing Bandler Park - Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum.
Chinderah Boat RampBoat RampOxley Park - Chinderah Bay, Drive Chinderah.
Kingscliff Boat RampBoat RampFaulks Park - Marine Parade, Kingscliff.
Pottsville Boat RampBoat RampOverall Drive, Pottsville.
Dry Dock Road Boat Ramp and JettyBoat Ramp, Timber Wharf and PontoonDry Dock Rd, Tweed Heads South.
Foysters JettyTimber Wharf and Pontoon and Sewage Pump Out FacilityFaux Park - Intersection Minjungbal Drive and Dry Dock Rd, Tweed Heads South.
Anchorage WharfTimber WharfKeith Curren Park - Keith Compton Drive, Anchorage Islands Tweed Heads.
Crystal Waters WharfTimber WharfCrystal Waters Park - Crystal Waters Drive, Tweed Heads.
Pioneer Park JettyTimber Wharf and PontoonPioneer Park - Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West.
Skinner Lowes WharfTimber Wharf and PontoonNicholl Park - Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah.
Tumbulgum PontoonPontoonFaith Mussing Bandler Park - Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum.
Budd Park PontoonPontoonBudd Park - Alma Street, Murwillumbah.
Tweed Marina22 Berth Marina, 2 berths available for short term public use. Includes sewage pump out.Southern Boatharbour - River Terrace, Tweed Heads.
Old Barneys Point Bridge Fishing JettyNorth end of Chinderah Bay Drive, Barneys Point, Chinderah.

Want to Build a Pontoon or Boat Ramp?

Applications for Pontoons and Boat Ramps must be submitted in accordance with the Development Application Checklist - Pontoons and Boat Ramps (162kB PDF).

Foysters Jetty

Foysters Jetty is located on Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads, approximately 100m south of the Boyds Bay Bridge (near old tick Gates). The jetty consists of a timber wharf with two floating pontoons attached. There is a 4 hour limit at these pontoons and they are frequently used by vessels moored nearby for loading and unloading of passengers/equipment/supplies.
One pontoon provides facilities for vessel sewage pump out and for emergency repairs only. Further information is available in the Policy document titled Use of Foysters Jetty for Emergency Vessel Repairs Policy (873kB PDF).

Emergency repairs are defined as actions required to prevent a vessel sinking or causing pollution of the environment and repairs to vessel hull, propulsion system (engine or rigging), fuel system or electrical system.
Permission to berth here for more than 4 hours for vessel maintenance such as painting or engine servicing will not be granted.
To obtain an access key and extended berth times for emergency repairs please visit the Tweed Heads Council office between 8.30am -4.15pm Mon- Fri (closed public holidays). Customers will need to bring a cash or cheque $30 bond payment, photo identification such as a drivers licence, have the vessel name and vessel rego number, meet the requirements of the policy which may require production of evidence that repairs have been arranged to be undertaken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I flush my boat motor at a boat ramp?
Yes, Council does permit the flushing of outboard motors with fresh water at the boat ramps.
Last Updated: 17 January 2017