Steph Gilmore is just one of the stars inducted into Tweed's walk of fame.
Steph Gilmore is just one of the stars inducted into Tweed's walk of fame. John Gass /TWE130212bleach

Tweed's walk of fame could be brought back to life

THE Australian Walk of Fame in Tweed Heads could be revitalised and continued, according to Destination Tweed chief executive Bill Tatchell.

But the attraction next to Twin Towns Services Club in Wharf St, which has fallen by the wayside, would take a different approach.

"What we'd like to see is famous local people getting a star, instead of movie stars and celebrities," Mr Tatchell said, adding that the scheme would inspire up-and-coming Tweed residents.

"If you ask what this is for, you've got to wonder whether it's for tourists or for celebrating our area.

"It's a question of talking with the existing owners or committee and seeing what they want to do with it."

Walk of Fame founder Alan Black said he would back Mr Tatchell's idea and even hand it over to Destination Tweed.

This was awarded to Stephanie Gilmore.
This was awarded to Stephanie Gilmore.

"It honours people who've had achievements," he said, "but if we are going to keep it there, we need to replace the current stars.

"Another idea would be to have people nominate names they'd like to see."

Mr Black said over $100,000 of his personal funds had gone into the walk, but he could not continue by himself.

He had wanted to rework the walk in granite and currently has a sample star, bearing current inductee and Tweed surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore's name, gathering dust in his garage.

It is understood Mr Black hopes to speak with Mr Tatchell about the Walk of Fame's future in the coming days.

Twin Towns Services Club chairman Michael Fraser said the club had "pumped enough money" into supporting the walk and he doubts board members would support its revitalisation.

Previous walk inductees include Jess and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas, Wally Lewis, Michael Caton and Makybe Diva.



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