New tourism centre
CONSTRUCTION on the new $650,000 Gateway Visitor Centre at Tweed Heads is due to start next week.
The state-of-the-art centre located on the corner of Bay and Wharf streets will be run by Tweed Tourism.
An artist’s impression of the facility, which features an information area, administration section, public toilets, plaza and a grassed area to Jack Evans Boat Harbour, was released this week.
Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said he was looking forward to the new centre, expected to be complete in September.
With the current visitor information centre located in shop space under Twin Towns Outrigger Resort, Mr Villiers said the new location would be more visible.
"It’s a fair size and it’s in a profile position," he said.
"It is strategically located on the most significant intersection of the Tweed Heads CBD."
Mr Villiers said the centre would house brochures on local tourist% attractions and interactive media about the region.
He said it was important to have the centre in such a prominent location, which could act as an iconic gateway to the rest of the Tweed.
"Being so close to all the resorts in Coolangatta and the accommodation houses means people can just walk over and get information from us about the Tweed, and also about other parts of NSW."
The information centre is a combined project between Tweed Shire Council, Tourism NSW and the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
Tweed mayor Joan van Lieshout said the new visitor centre will create more awareness of our region’s natural and built tourist destinations.
"Tourism is such an important economic driver for the whole of the North Coast, and the Tweed is at the coalface when it comes to making a good impression," Cr van Lieshout said.
"We understand that the market is seeking a point of difference and we offer that on the Tweed and will showcase it at the new Gateway Information Centre."
NSW Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said the Tweed centre would complement those in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff and help bring visitors to the whole of the north coast.