Information centre opened
THE opening of Tweed Heads’ new $685,000 Visitor Information Centre is an important step in the revitalisation of the CBD according to Mayor Warren Polglase.
Cr Polglase was on hand at the official opening of the new building on the corner of Wharf and Bay Streets in Tweed Heads yesterday, along with Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot.
The Federal Government chipped in $150,000 for the project while Tweed Shire Council was the largest contributor, forking out $330,000.
A NSW Tourism grant of $170,000 also helped fund the construction of the building.
Cr Polglase says it is money well spent, suggesting the centre will attract plenty of tourists and give them a better idea of the various attractions the Tweed has to offer.
“This project actually began about 15 years ago, and although it has been slow to come to fruition it is of great importance to the area now that it is done,” he said.
“It is a unique building and it is surprising the amount of international visitors who have already walked in because of its strong street exposure.
“There will be about $8 million spent in the Jack Evans Boat Harbour area over the next 12 months and we want this to be a real focal point of the revitalisation of the area.”
Mrs Elliot said tourism was an important industry for the Tweed and said the new centre would provide a one-stop shop for visitors seeking information on local attractions, events, accommodation, and hospitality services.
“Visitors will be able to get local information from local people with local knowledge,” Ms Elliot said.
“Tourism on the Far North Coast is essential to our local economy and many families rely on the industry for their livelihoods.
“We have some of the most spectacular attractions on offer in Australia, and helping visitors find these wonders will allow our visitors to experience everything we have to offer on the Tweed, boosting our economy, creating jobs and encouraging them to visit again.”
Mrs Elliot said the Federal Government’s contribution to the project was part of the $42 billion economic stimulus package to create jobs.
“The construction of the centre created 15 jobs and the two permanent positions to operate the centre have also been filled,” she said.