Twin Towns. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Twin Towns. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

Major upgrade for Twin Towns

TWIN Towns Services Club is blasting out of the past with a $20 million redevelopment.

After 60 years the main club will upgrade partly because of Jack Evans Boat Harbour's recent $13 million Tweed Shire Council rejuvenation.

In a statement general manager Rob Smith said the major facelift could also be finally done because national poker machine reform uncertainty had ended.

"It is pleasing that we now appear to be entering a period where stable government is in place on those issues," Mr Smith said.

"And it has given us the confidence to reignite this project which has been on hold since the last Federal election."

Mr Smith was in Sydney today and unable to answer questions as to why else, despite its long-term popularity, the main building had not seen upgrades for decades.

"Twin Towns and Tweed Heads need projects like this to generate jobs and revenue for a range of sectors right across the local economy," his statement continued.

"This project is a much needed confidence boost for the Tweed.

"Following years of providing significant development in the Tweed Heads CBD, Twin Towns is again proud to be at the forefront of bringing a further project to enhance the member and tourism offers of our community."

Twin Towns' most recent developments since the 1950s include the second Outrigger Twin Towns Resort's opening in 1996, a major club addition in 2001 and the opening of Harbour Tower Apartments in 2006.

This major redevelopment will include the two storey buildings overlooking Jack Evans Boat Harbour - with a "significant" alfresco component to take advantage of the harbour views.

New entries from Wharf St and the harbour through a naturally lit atrium, a new sports bar and extension to dining on the ground.

Mr Smith said hospitality customers expected "both the comfort of the brand that they know plus new offerings on a consistent basis".

"The club will continue to trade right through the works phase and despite some disruptions the main services will all be available.

"Probably the greatest change for some will be the only parking on site during construction will be in the 750 space parking facility under the resort, with all parking under the club building temporarily closed.

"At the end of the works we are sure the new areas will be highly sought after as the place to enjoy some leisure time on and overlooking the Tweed."

Renowned Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard of BGD will help the club deliver what it said would be "a superior club offering what is at the cutting-edge of hospitality facilities".

Work on the club commencing this month until Christmas was approved by the NSW Department of Planning in 2009.

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