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Have your say on proposed improvements to the swimming area at Jack Evans Boat Harbour. BELOW: Jack Evans Boat Harbour by night.
Tweed Shire Council is seeking community input on a draft concept plan to improve water access for swimming and water-based recreation at Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads.
Council secured $748,000 funding to transform the beach entrance to Jack Evans Boat Harbour as part of the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program. The program supports improved water accessibility, allowing people to get in, on or around water more safely.
A draft concept plan developed by Council proposes to improve access into the harbour, replace the existing timber deck with composite decking, provide a large shade structure and shade umbrellas, more picnic facilities and seating, bike racks and landscaping. The draft concept plan is now open for community feedback.
Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said she was excited to see the plan progress and to create additional recreational facilities for Tweed residents and visitors at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
“We are continuing to breathe new life into the precinct and are excited to be improving access to the harbour for swimming and other water-based recreation activities,” Cr Cherry said.
“We are always working towards building inclusive and accessible community infrastructure like parks and playgrounds across the Tweed.
“The harbour is our jewel and a major recreational asset for the Tweed. A modern playspace, safe swimming area, event space, informal sport areas and picnic areas will ensure our regional park is a place for everyone.
“We are committed to planning and designing public spaces that make Tweed a great place to live, play and work.”
Community feedback will inform the final concept plan, with construction is expected to commence in January 2024.
Over the past 12 months, the regional precinct has been revitalised with a new inclusive playspace, new barbecues, picnic facilities and seating with shelters, trees and landscaping.
The inclusive playspace at Goorimahbah - Place of Stories was funded by the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play program and recently took out the NSW/ACT 2023 Playspace Award (over the value of $500,000). This award-winning playspace involved a range of stakeholders, contributing to the creation of a sense of place for the Tweed community.
As part of the NSW Government’s Places to Love program, Council also trialled movie nights in the park and a pop-up café which were a huge success and received positive feedback from the community.
Construction works are currently underway to provide a new youth recreation area within the precinct.
Council is inviting the community to view the draft concept plan on the Your Say Tweed page, with feedback open until Wednesday 1 November 2023.
The project is funded through the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program. This project is part of Council’s commitment to protecting and improving the quality of the Tweed's public open space, including access to its natural waterways.
To view the draft concept plan and complete the easy feedback tool, visit yoursaytweed.com.au/goorimahbah.
About Places to Swim
Places to Swim is connecting people to water in places that need it the most, creating better access to get in, on and around inland waterways across NSW through a $16.7 million commitment to high quality open space. Together with the NSW Government, Tweed Shire Council is delivering infrastructure that is essential for communities, increasing access to water for recreation across the state. The NSW Government is contributing $748,000 to the Jack Evans Boat Harbour project. For more information about the Places to Swim program, visit planning.nsw.gov.au/places-to-swim.
Photo 1: Jack Evans Boat HarbourCaption: Have your say on proposed improvements to the swimming area at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
Photo 2: JEBH nightCaption: Jack Evans Boat Harbour by night.
Photo 3: JEBH proposed swim areaCaption: Artistic impression of proposed improvements of swimming area at Jack Evants Boat Harbour, funded under the NSW Government's Places to Swim program.
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