Warren Polglase
Warren Polglase Tweed Daily News

Complex plan boost to sport

I AM pleased to announce that after many years of planning and consultation with the community, plans for a regional sports complex at Arkinstall Park at Tweed Heads South have been given the green light.

This regional facility will meet the community’s regional sporting requirements until at least 2022, benefiting current and future generations of Tweed residents.

At Tuesday’s meeting, council voted to adopt the Arkinstall Park Masterplan and Feasibility Study and gave approval for work to begin.

This master plan has been amended to reflect community concerns raised during the extensive community consultation process. Council has listened and responded to the community’s desire for more landscaping, family recreational areas and extra parking.

Council also took on board concerns about the extra traffic regional facilities may generate, and the big-ticket items will not be built until the Kirkwood Road interchange is up and running.

Nearly $2.5 million of developer contribution funds will be used to fund the first stage of the project. The estimated cost of implementing the entire project over many years is $42 million, showing council’s substantial investment in Tweed Heads and the Tweed’s sporting community.

Allowing time for development applications and approvals, the first works on the ground should be seen in around six months.

The first project will be establishing car parking near the netball courts where players and supporters have had to park informally on the grass at the moment.

Some large eucalypts will be removed and replaced with more appropriate plantings.

It’s always sad to see established trees removed however these trees are a safety hazard as they frequently drop branches and their roots have made a number of the outer netball courts unplayable for some time.

Council will be talking with Tweed District Netball and the Tweed Heads Tennis Club about improvements which can be made to their existing buildings.

All up, this first stage of the project should take around two years to complete.

The whole community will benefit as this first stage will include barbecues, shelters, seats, paving and a new playground, as well as sealed car parking along Cunningham and Oxley streets.

Plans are on the table for major infrastructure at Arkinstall Park, including an indoor sports stadium, a sports field with grandstand and amenities at least 10 years in the future.

They may be some way down the track but the good news is that adoption of this plan reserves the footprint for these facilities and gives council the opportunity to apply for external funding opportunities as they arise.

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