Sod turning marks start on tower
By ROXANNE MILLAR
THE first step towards the rejuvenation of the Tweed Heads CBD was taken yesterday with the turning of the first sod at Twin Towns Services Club's Harbour Tower development. The 19-level, $94 million development opposite Jack Evans Boat Harbour is expected to lure more developers in the redevelopment of the Tweed Heads CBD. Twin Towns general manager Russell Roylance said Harbour Tower was an integral component of the transformation plans outlined in the Tweed masterplan. "It will be the catalyst for a new entertainment precinct, which will include dining, retail facilities, all styles of residential living and will encourage the establishment of new businesses to the area," Mr Roylance said. On the back of the sod turning, Tweed mayor Warren Polglase announced plans for the Tweed Shire Council to begin negotiations to makeover the Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Planned for the site is a Southbank-style family lagoon and barbecue area. "I have asked the senior management team for a $3 million commitment for two to three years to upgrade Jack Evans Boat Harbour," he said. "I believe unless we show leadership the whole area won't be as exciting as it should be. The money would come from the contributions plan that generates funds for things like this. We would have to put some money up front to start it that could be recouped." Cr Polglase planned to raise the issue in a confidential Council session held yesterday. He said he had also approached Tweed MP Neville Newell for support, to which Mr Newell "had not said yes and not said no". Cr Polglase said Twin Towns had sparked excitement in the area that would soon be built on by more developers, including those behind Tweed Ultima. "I believe the developers are anticipating approval of Ultima in five to six weeks," he said.