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11 April 2024

Upgrade starts at Jack Evans Boat Harbour beach

Improved access for swimming, water recreation and connection to the water

JEBH central beach

Central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour is set to undergo an upgrade including several new elements to help improve safety and accessibility. BELOW: Jack Evans Boat Harbour by night.

JEBH by night

Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads is set to have its day in the sun with construction underway on a new project to improve access to the central beach area of the popular swimming and recreation spot.

The upgrade of the central beach area, adjacent to the park’s popular inclusive playspace, has been made possible thanks to a $748,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program.

The program aims to better connect people to natural waterways and support the health and wellbeing of the community.

The 12-week project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2024 (weather permitting), in time to be enjoyed next summer.

The upgrade will include:

  • improvements to the existing ramp for access and safety

  • replacement of existing timber decking with tiered composite decking

  • steps and handrails for improved access into the water

  • installation of shade structures and umbrellas for sun protection

  • accessible picnic facilities and seating

  • improved landscaping and additional tree planting

  • pathway connections

  • bike racks

  • art elements reflecting Aboriginal water values and cultural connections.

​Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said revitalising Jack Evans Boat Harbour had been a high priority for Council for some time and was pleased to see work start on this exciting project.

“This project marks another significant milestone as we embark on Stage 3 of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct upgrade,” Cr Cherry said.

“Infrastructure is important for a growing regional community like Tweed Heads and Council is keen to prioritise projects that will benefit the whole community, complementing what has already been delivered for residents and visitors at this location.

“This is a popular place for swimming and water-based recreation, a great meeting place for friends and a tourism destination for visitors. Activating this location and making the precinct more accessible and more appealing for everyone is a win for the Tweed, including our local businesses.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said he was pleased the $748,000 in funding would provide easier access to on-water recreation activities as well as places for families to cool down during next summer’s heatwaves.

“This transformation is a great example of what quality public infrastructure can deliver,” Mr Scully said.

“Once completed, the improvements will provide an even better space supporting the health and wellbeing of the local community.”

This project is part of Council’s commitment to protecting and improving the quality of the Tweed's public open spaces, including access to natural waterways, making the Tweed a great place to live, play and work.

A draft concept plan developed by Council was placed on exhibition from 24 September to 1 November 2023 with community and stakeholder feedback informing the final concept plan.

Over the past 12 months, the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct has been revitalised with a new inclusive playspace, new barbecues, picnic facilities and seating with shelters, landscaping and a youth recreation area.

The adopted Jack Evans Boat Harbour (JEBH) Plan of Management guides the current and future planning and management of the precinct. To find out more about the project visit yoursaytweed.com.au/goorimahbah.

Places to Swim is connecting people to water in places that need it 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.

For more information about the Places to Swim program, visit

Central beach concept sketch

A graphic representation of the concept plan for the upgrade of central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which has been funded by the NSW Government's Places to Swim program.


Photo 1: JEBH central beach
Caption: Central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour is set to undergo an upgrade including several new elements to help improve safety and accessibility. 

Photo 2: JEBH by night
Caption: Jack Evans Boat Harbour by night.

Photo 3: Central beach concept sketch
Caption: A graphic representation of the concept plan for the upgrade of central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which has been funded by the NSW Government's Places to Swim program.

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Tweed Shire Council wishes to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. Council also acknowledges and respects the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lore, customs and traditions.
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