Beautification of Tweed Heads CBD by Christmas
TWEED Mayor Barry Longland expects the first stage of the beautification of Tweeds Heads CBD to be completed by Christmas, and it can't come soon enough for local businesses.
As reported by My Daily News last week, Wharf St from the border to Frances St, and Bay St from Wharf St to Navigation Lane is to undergo a $613,184 upgrade thanks to the Federal Government's Regional Australia Fund.
Cr Longland said council would consult with the local business chamber and progress association about the implementation of the Tweed Heads Streetscape Final Master Plan which was drawn up in 1997.
But he said he did not necessarily believe there would be wide-scale changes despite the plan being 16 years old.
"This plan was the subject of considerable community consultation when it was done," Cr Longland said.
Local MP Justine Elliot said the upgrade was desperately needed and would likely incorporate design elements that discourage crime.
"Locals have been saying to me for a long time they'd like to see an improvement in the CBD," she said.
"It's quite rundown."
Tony Radanovic, a member of the Northern Rivers NSW Regional Development Australia board, said they had been campaigning for the beautification of the area for a couple of years.
Mr Radanovic, who also lives near Bay St, said it was an eyesore and an upgrade would lift the fortunes of local businesses.
Gem Cicek who works at Amcal Chemist on Bay St, said he was looking forward to the urban renewal of the area.
"It's really good news for us," Mr Cicek said.
"It (the street) is really old and needs a bit of love."
The original plan incorporated a maritime theme including sculptures, barriers, murals and furniture.