Twin Towns general manager Rob Smith.
Twin Towns general manager Rob Smith. Tweed Daily News

Twin Towns to get $25m upgrade

TWIN Towns will be expanded and given a major facelift as part of a $25 million redevelopment of the club.

The proposed redevelopment will see some of the tired areas of the club, built in the late 1960s and 1970s, torn down and replaced with new lounge, entertainment and gaming areas for the use of its members and guests.

A new conference facility will be built overlooking the Jack Evans Boat Harbour, to cater for large functions of between 500 to 1000 people and a new cinema and alfresco lounge are also included in the plan that is on display for public comment.

“The redevelopment has been in the planning stages for the last three years,” Twin Towns' general manager Rob Smith said yesterday.

“It is a relief after all this time that the redevelopment has got to this stage.

“It has always been our plan to replace the older member areas of the club, the first built in 1968 and the others in the 1970s.”

Car parking around the Wharf Street site will be reconfigured to improve accessibility as part of the plan that will be considered by the NSW Department of Planning.

Residents and club members have until April 1 to comment on the proposed redevelopment that is expected to create 200 jobs during construction and 30 full-time jobs once operational.

Estimated to help generate another $6 million in revenue for Twin Towns each year, the redevelopment is part of the club's plan to “diversify its income streams” and “decrease its reliance on gaming revenue”, according to Mr Smith.

“Conferences are one of our growing areas of our business and generate $3.5 million annually for the club,” he said.

“The new conference facility will boost overall business for the club and its associated facilities like our accommodation (Outrigger Twin Towns Resort).

“Currently we have the facilities for smaller functions like weddings and smaller corporate events. The new centre will cater to the larger function market which is one of our growth businesses.”

Stage one of the three-stage development will be the demolition of an existing two-storey member's building; refurbishment of existing member areas; the construction of a new glass atrium at ground level.

The new lounge, gaming, entertainment and food areas and outdoor smoking area are planned for the club's second storey and will also be included in stage one of the redevelopment.

A new cinema and outdoor smoking area will be included in stage two of the redevelopment and the new conference centre, to be located on level six, will make up the final stage and will include new entertainment and food and drink service areas.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment for the proposed redevelopment are available on-line or at Tweed Shire Council offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.

Fast Facts
  • $25 redevelopment
  • Demolish old member's areas and replace with new
  • Conference centre to cater for 1000 people
  • New cinema
  • More outdoor lounge and smoking areas

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