Bruce Chick Conservation Park, located on Tweed Valley Way north of Tumbulgum, was named in recognition of Tweed Shire's 'Man of Trees', Bruce Chick OAM.
The park was originally developed in conjunction with New South Wales Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) as an environmental interpretive and recreation area to help protect Stott's Island Nature Reserve, one of the least disturbed areas of vegetation in the lower Tweed Valley floodplain.
Over time, the site has become popular as a free overnight stopover for campers and recreational vehicle travellers and, more recently, a base for longer stays and itinerants.
Much of the infrastructure in the park - including an ineffective pump-out toilet facility - has deteriorated and is at the end of its lifespan.In September 2015, Council approved a new management plan for Bruce Chick Park, which allowed travellers to use the site as a rest area but banned overnight camping.
The decision follows extensive community consultation and investigation of site conditions, environmental constraints and the heritage of the area, including Bruce Chick's vision to establish the park as an environmental interpretive area. Council explored the potential of establishing a recreational vehicle (RV) friendly primitive camping facility at the site but it was evident this would be in conflict with the park's environmental values and would bring significant ongoing costs to Tweed ratepayers to manage the site.
The bridge from Bruce Chick Park over McLeods Creek to the arboretum will not be replaced. Instead, the arboretum will be planted at the site of the old shelter.
The ban on overnight camping came into effect on 23 November 2015 and aged infrastructure at the park will be removed. The car park is now closed each evening.
An upgrade of Bruce Chick Park will include construction of: