Community input is invited for a new strategy to guide Council’s future planning and management of parks and open space in Tweed Shire.
Council is developing a new Open Space Strategy to guide its priorities to better meet the community’s needs for open space, which includes parks, sportsgrounds, natural areas, foreshore areas and paths for walking and cycling.
As part of the process, Council will also review its provision of playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, trails, dog exercise areas, community gardens and its spaces for community events.
Residents can provide their feedback by completing an online Open Space Survey and a Playground Survey at yoursaytweed.com.au/OpenSpace until 11 December.
“Tweed Shire has a diverse range of parks and open spaces that bring many benefits, including improved health and wellbeing, social interaction, protecting biodiversity, promoting community pride, as well as the economic value of these benefits,” Council’s Recreation Planner, Jodie Hewett, said.
“This strategy will take a fresh look at all the Council-managed public outdoor places where we spend our leisure time: to walk the dog, play sport, meet friends, have a barbecue, get fit, get in touch with nature, children’s playtime or simply be alone to relax and reflect.
“The strategy will provide the framework for Council to enhance, protect and manage these open spaces over the next 10 years.”
Council will ‘pop up’ at a number of community events in November and December to talk to community members about open space, playgrounds and the strategy. Consultation for the strategy has already included a pop-up park at the Murwillumbah Show, a stall at the Kingscliff TAFE open day and visits to a number of playgrounds.
“We’re inviting people to tell us their priorities for the future of Tweed Shire’s open space and what it should offer the people of Tweed,” Ms Hewett said.
Future information session dates:
Thursday 23 November: Tweed City Shopping Centre
Wednesday 25 November: Murwillumbah Farmers Market
Saturday 28 November: Kingscliff Markets
Sunday 13 December: Chillingham Markets
Visit yoursaytweed.com.au/OpenSpace for further information, including updates about the strategy and future information stalls, or to complete the surveys.
More information is also available by contacting Ms Hewett on (02) 6670 2649 or email email@example.com.