Inflatable water park for Jack Evans still on the table
A GOLD Coast-style inflatable water theme park is still on the table for Jack Evans Boat Harbour, with Tweed councillor Warren Polglase refusing to let the idea sink.
Cr Polglase told Tweed Business Chamber this week initial plans for the water sports precinct may have been voted down by fellow councillors after it was first floated in 2013, but there were "other ways of skinning a cat".
He said he would support a development application for the tourism attraction currently being prepared by a proponent.
"If you go to Southport you'll see exactly the same thing up there," Cr Polglase said.
"It's a water facility on the Broadwater, it's a fun water sports blow-up sort of facility with water slides.
"This facility would create an anchor at the Jack Evans Boat Harbour which at the moment is pretty sterile."
Also at Tuesday's Business Chamber meeting, Cr Polgalse said council had begun planning for its $200 million annual budget and was considering cuts to small businesses set-up fees.
"This has come about because there was an application before council, where the contribution for just traffic was in excess of $212,000, for a new business wanting to set up," he said.
"The business did not proceed, it went elsewhere."
Cr Polglase spoke on the Tweed's new status as a Regional City, alongside Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, declared at the launch of the Draft North Coast Regional Plan last week.
"By 2036 there will be 165,000 people living in the Tweed. That comes with challenges to the Tweed Shire on issues like infrastructure and water, bridges, hospitals," Cr Polglase said.
"(This plan) allows us to make representations to state and federal government to make the funding (for infrastructure). We want our fair share of the pie and we need submissions to support this documentation."
The councillor urged business owners to make submissions to the Draft North Coast Regional Plan through Tweed Shire Council general manager Troy Green, who was also at the chamber breakfast.
Rory Curtis of the Good Guys, South Tweed, said submissions were being made to council on the Tweed CBD upgrade, with beautification at the intersection of Bay and Wharf Sts still needing to be addressed.
Council has heard from as early as 2013, the Willie the Whale statue - a 4m, 3.5 tonne bronzed sculpture of a breaching whale - should be moved as part of the area's facelift.
Tweed Byron LAC police crime prevention Officer Bradley Foster told the chamber under the command's new Superintendent Wayne Starling, the local force was re-invigorated and would increase its links to community through local press and social media.
Senior Constable Foster said he'd attend the business chamber on a quarterly basis to fight the top two areas of concern in the region, including fraud (particularly failure to pay for fuel), and stealing from retail, which the LAC wants to cut by 50%.