Making space for history
By Ed Southorn
A new museum building at Pioneer Park on Kennedy Drive, West Tweed, is expected to complement the successful new regional art gallery at Murwillumbah.
Tweed museums are set for a major building program, aiming to attract another 1500 visitors a year.
Ultimately, a new museum building at West Tweed could become a regional landmark similar to the new regional art gallery at Murwillumbah.
Architects will soon be invited by Tweed Shire Council to submit expressions of interest for a new building to replace the run-down former Country Women's Association Hall, part of the Tweed Heads museum precinct on the Terranora Creek bank at Pioneer Park.
The asbestos-lined CWA Hall is planned for demolition. The old court house and Boyd family fishermen's shed museums will remain.
Architectural expressions of interest will also be sought for an extension planned for the Murwillumbah museum on Queensland Road.
Tweed Shire Regional Art Gallery director Gary Corbett last month become the shire's co-ordinator of museums and galleries.
Mr Corbett said no overall budget had yet been set for the museums project, but the new building to replace the old CWA Hall, to be built in about three years, may be comparable in cost to the $3.7 million new regional art gallery.
He said the Tweed museums collection included objects of state and national significance and an agreement between Tweed historial societies and Tweed Shire, after a memorandum of understanding signed last year, was a model for other regional communities.