Council has completed a major upgrade of the Tweed Heads central business district as part of its Tweed Heads 2000 Vision to ‘provide people friendly streetscapes’.
Bay Street before receiving its makeover.
The final stages of the project were a makeover of Bay Street, completed in April 2015, and Wharf Street (between Frances and Florence streets), completed in July 2015.
The end of these streetscaping works marks the completion of a 10-year project to revitalise the Tweed Heads CBD precinct and deliver a message that Tweed Heads is open for business and leisure.
In total, close to $9 million has been invested in the area to create a more vibrant and attractive commercial hub as befitting the Shire’s main town centre. The project included:
Upgrading Wharf Street, from the Queensland border to Florence Street
Redeveloping Jack Evans Boat Harbour
Upgrading stormwater drainage and rebuilding Bay Street, and
Upgrading Wharf Street between Florence and Frances streets.
A central theme of the Bay and Wharf street upgrades is low-maintenance landscaped median strips and shady footpath pockets, planted with trees native to the area. In Wharf Street, the littoral rainforest species on the median strip will be able to be illuminated for special events. In Bay Street, there is a mixture of tuckeroos and tulipwood on the footpaths and weeping lillypillies on the median strip.
Both streets have disabled parking spaces, cycle lanes, street lighting, footpath seating and water fountains.
Bay Street after the makeover.
The scope of the Bay Street upgrade was expanded in response to community demands for street lighting and further stormwater drainage and footpath improvements.
The Federal Government provided $500,000 from its Roads to Recovery program to allow a comprehensive reconstruction of the Bay Street pavement to create a more durable road.
The work in in Wharf Street formalised two on-road cycle lanes both northbound and southbound to complete the cycling link from the Queensland border to Rivendell Avenue in Tweed Heads South.