Cabarita ready for facelift
PLANS to upgrade the streetscape of Cabarita Beach have been welcomed by local community groups.
Tweed Shire Council recently released plans to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment on Tweed Coast Road, encour- aging the kind of al fresco dining atmosphere seen in Kingscliff and Noosa.
Cabarita Beach Bogangar Residents Association president Cath Lynch said the plans were terrific, but bristled at a comparison with Noosa.
“It will stop some illegal driving practices that go on and continues the work being done to beautify the village,” Ms Lynch said.
“It will offer a distinct advantage for both residents and visitors; anything is an improvement on what we have got.
“We like our village atmosphere ... it is good to expand to attract more visitors, as long as it doesn't change the nature of the beast.”
Ms Lynch was keen to see Cabarita Beach recognised as the best location on the Tweed Coast.
Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said it was good to use Kingscliff as a model when considering an “eat street”.
“There is good reason for Cabarita to go down the same track,” Mr Villiers said.
“Cabarita has got a really good feel to it now, and it has all the ingredients to be something really special.”
Chris Gregory, president of the Cabarita Beach Business Association, was happy to see council investing in the town.
“The business association participated in the process so had some involvement in it. We have not formally formed a position on the document that has been put out, and we will be doing so during the exhibition period,” Mr Gregory said.
“I am very pleased to see Council putting something in to Cabarita Beach; this initiative has been under discussion for a number of years and this is one of the early steps in the process.
“The project is a win-win outcome, not just for residents or the business owners but also for the community.
Visit www.tweed.nsw.gov. au to see the plans, which will be in the “on exhibition” section until October 14.