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Play Equipment Layout Plan (1.16mB PDF) The Tweed has wonderful open space areas and Council maintains a large number of parks, gardens and reserves across the Tweed to support our community and enjoy our outdoor lifestyle. These areas are maintained for residents and visitors for a variety of recreational purposes including filming, weddings, events, recreation and general enjoyment of our natural environment. Our parks and gardens feature a range of facilities including public toilets, barbecues, playgrounds, exercise equipment and more.

Check our our online Find a Park/Garden/Reserve page to search for a park near you or facilities available in a certain park. The area is to be shared with the general public, there is no exclusive use.

Wilson Park - Banora Point East

Council adopted the concept plan for the Wilson Park upgrade in November 2015. Detail design for the park is underway with construction anticipated to commence April 2016. Click Play Equipment Layout Plan (1.16mB PDF) to view the layout plan location for play equipment.

Tom Beatson Outlook (Razorback)

Tom Beatson Outlook at Tweed Heads reopened to the public on 11 December 2015, following construction of new safety railing along the walkway. The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, was closed in April because of safety concerns about the existing railing. Community consultation revealed high demand for public access to be restored and Council designed a cost-effective option to replace the railing, utilizing the existing concrete path. Job Active trainees from TURSA, working with Council Parks and Gardens staff, have mowed the park and repainted the benches and shelters in preparation for the reopening.

Dog Friendly Parks

The Tweed has various open space available for walking your pets in a leash-free environment. For locations of Council's Off Leash Area's please see Dogs.

Casual Park Hire

Casual Park Hire is intended for low level, structured activities. This can include but is not limited to wedding ceremonies, baby naming ceremonies or memorial ceremonies. Casual Park Hire does not allow exclusive use and the area must be shared with other park users. Mowing is on a maintenance schedule and Casual Park Hire does not mean a park will be mown for a ceremony. Maintenance schedules vary from park to park due to location, general usage, weather conditions and budget.

Before organising your activity consider the impact on nearby residents and other park users. Loud music, excessive noise or inappropriate behaviour will not be accepted. Activities such as wedding receptions, 18 and 21 birthday parties or other events with the potential to create a disturbance will not be licensed.

Under a Casual Park Hire Application there are guidelines that must be adhered to. Please read Rules and Conditions of Hire (56kB PDF) before making your booking. If you are thinking of having your wedding ceremony in one of Council's parks or beaches then the Guidelines to Wedding Applications (46kB PDF) will assist with your application process. Individual replies to applications will not be received. Please refer to the Rules and Conditions for information regarding the application process.

Applications must be accompanied with the relevant non refundable fee and received by Council at least 4 weeks prior to your event. A minimum of 10 working days is required to process paid applications. Please see the Tweed Shire Council Fees and Charges for current rate.

To avoid disappointment it is advisable to check the availability of your chosen location prior to submitting your application. The Popular Area Locations (4.73mB PDF) will assist with area selection and advise of any specific conditions that apply. Some areas are popular during school holiday periods. Council's mapping can assist with finding locations http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Mapping.

A tentative booking can be made over the phone to ensure the location is secure for the application to be received. Bookings are in NSW time and daylight savings needs to be considered. If an application has not been submitted within 2 weeks of the tentative booking being made then it will automatically be cancelled and made available for the next applicant.

If you have a booking or an approval which you no longer require, please advise Council in writing of the cancellation.

Council can be contacted on 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872 or tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Not approved under Casual Park Hire

  • Receptions
  • Commercial Catering
  • Alcohol on any of our parks and beaches
  • Commercial events, including promotional days or business gatherings
  • Commercial marquees (only pop-up style up to 3m x 6m)
  • Amusement Devices, including jumping castles, horse rides - see Amusement Devices
  • Vehicular access to any park or reserve
  • Exclusive use (area is to be shared with the general public)
  • The use of power
  • Fireworks - see Fireworks Displays

Small to Medium Community Event Licence Requests

This application applies ONLY to small and medium community events that provide for the physical cultural and intellectual welfare of the community or encourage the recreational use of the land by local residents and visitors. Applications for Small to Medium Community Events (123kB PDF) are required a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your event. Prior to completing this form, please consider the five questions asked in the application to determine whether your event is a “Small to Medium" Community Event. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you will need to contact Council’s Development Assessment Unit on (02) 6670 2400 to discuss your proposal further. Some events will require a bond against damage to be paid prior to the event. For a full bond refund please ensure that there is no damage to the the area or premises hired. Please submit Refund of Bond Against Hire Damage (67kB PDF) form for assessment of your refund of bond immediately after your event.

Public Access Through a Park

Council will not approve regular access through a park for members of the public to gain access for the purpose of garaging vehicles and boats, as residential properties have dedicated access from their road frontage. However, on some occasions Council will permit temporary access to assist property owners with the delivery of building materials, landscaping or similar circumstances. Park keys will not be provided under any circumstance. Approvals must be sought prior to making any other arrangements. Please submit Temporary Access to Council Land (40kB PDF) 10 working days prior to access. Submission of application means that you are in agreeance to the general conditions and any special conditions where required. An approval will be issued listing conditions regarding access.

Naming of Parks and Gardens

Council requires an application for the naming of Public Parks under the control of Council, to be in writing. Council’s Naming of Council Public Parks and Sportsfields Policy (50kB PDF) sets out the criteria required for applying to have a public park or garden named.

Playgrounds

Tweed Shire Council has 86 playgrounds throughout the Shire, please see Find a Park/Garden/Reserve to search for playgrounds in an area near you. Our parks are maintained on a scheduled routine basis. If you have any concerns about the state of the play equipment in one of Council's parks please contact Customer Service.

Requests for Shade over Playgrounds

Unfortunately, Council's experience with shade structures has not been positive. Due to minimum clearance requirements under the Australian Standards, the shade structures are necessarily tall, spreading structures. A number of styles and manufacturers have been tested through out the shire, but to date all have worn poorly, coming loose and tearing from their attachments under strong winds. The shade structures have also proven to be an irresistible target for vandals creating a high demand on maintenance. Shade has been considered in the design of new playground areas such as Uki, Pottsville and Kingscliff with extensive planting of shade trees around the playgrounds. Whilst mature trees have been utilised in the plantings, it is acknowledged that it will take some time before full shade is provided.

Memorial Plaques and Seats in Parks

Council regularly receives requests for the placement of plaques in areas that were of significance to lost friends and loved ones. Whilst Council sympathises with the loss, and understands the desire to remember people at places of significance to them, it is not felt appropriate to have numerous individual memorials placed throughout public reserves and parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have to pay to use an area for my wedding, why do I have to share with the public?

Licences are issued under Section 68 Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Part D Community Land for:
1. Engage in a trade or business
5. Set up, operate or use a loudspeaker or sound amplifying device
6. Deleiver a public address or hold a religious service or public meeting

Local Government (General) Regulation 2005
116 Leases, licences and other estates in respect of community land
(1) For the purposes of section 46 (1) (iii) of the Act, the use or occupation of community land for the following events is prescribed as a purpose in respect of which a council may grant a licence in respect of community land on a short-term, casual basis:
(b) engaging in a trade or business,
(d) the delivery of a public address,
(e) commercial photographic sessions,
(f) picnics and private celebrations such as weddings and family gatherings.

Local Government Act 1993 No 30

Local Government (General) Regualation 2005

Can I scatter the ashes of my loved one at the beach?
This practice is allowed throughout the Shire. 
However, customers are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that the general public are not impacted or affected by the ashes being scattered (ie. be mindful of wind and it's direction before scattering of ashes) and that ashes are not scattered in the vicinity of bathers or beach users.
Will the park be mown prior to my wedding?
Parks are currently on a maintenance schedule. It is not viable or cost effective to cater to special requests.
Last Updated: 22 February 2016