Tweed Shire Council has taken out 3 awards in the Parks and Leisure Australia 2023 Regional Awards of Excellence held in Albury late last week.
These annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of 'the people behind the places' delivering a range of social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to regional communities.
Council’s Manager Parks and Active Communities Murray Smith said Council's teams were excited by the wins.
“Recognition on this scale for the hard-working and dedicated teams that deliver exceptional play spaces and recreation facilities for our community here in the Tweed is valued and appreciated,” Mr Smith said.
“Tweed Council is creating recreation facilities where people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages can access and enjoy. For the play spaces, through art and storytelling we have married Indigenous stories of place, environment and culture with child’s play.
“At Goorimahbah – Place of Stories, local artist Christine Slabb has eloquently guided the cultural content to create not just another design but a design that has meaning, purpose and has contributed significantly to our community.
“It’s a privilege to deliver projects like these that provide opportunities for our residents to connect with their community, be active and healthy and have fun outdoors.
"Well done to our Parks and Active Communities, Northern Rivers Rail Trail and Zone Landscape Architecture teams.”
Tweed Shire Council took out awards for the following categories:
Playspace Award (<$0.5M)
Winner 2023: Fingal Head Foreshore Park
This award is given to a playspace under the value of $500,000 that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of 'place' for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.
Playspace Award (>$0.5M)
Winner 2023: Livvi’s Place at Goorimahbah Place of Stories
This award is given to a playspace over the value of $500,000 that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of place for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.
Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution Award
Winner 2023: Northern Rivers Rail Trail, Zone Landscape Architecture & Tweed Shire Council
Regional/Rural Australia includes all of the towns, small cities and areas that lie beyond the major capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart and Canberra), who make a significant contribution through community initiatives which contribute to the parks and leisure industry. These projects can be play spaces, events, tourism, trails, programs, re-purposing of facilities and environmental initiatives.
The above projects are finalists in the Parks and Leisure Australia 2023 National Awards of Excellence which will be held in Adelaide in October.
For more information about each project visit: