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Café operator sought for upgraded lighthouse at Point Danger

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An artist’s impression of the new Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse at Point Danger. The upgrade is set to be completed by the end of the year and will include a new café and accessible facilities.
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Café operator sought for upgraded lighthouse at  Point Danger

 

Register your interest by 20 September 2023 – Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for anyone seeking to operate the new café at the iconic lighthouse at Point Danger.

Straddling the NSW and Queensland border, the Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Tweed/Gold Coast coastline and the Pacific Ocean.

Tweed Shire Council’s Acting Director of Engineering Tim Mackney said the landmark site was a treasure of the region, drawing visitors from far and wide.

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“We are excited to welcome visionary organisations to express their interest in becoming the steward of this important community asset,” Mr Mackney said.

“The Point Danger lighthouse, which is currently undergoing a significant upgrade, presents an unparalleled opportunity for enthusiastic entrepreneurs and established café operators to become an integral part of this historic site’s future.”

The lighthouse was built in 1971 as a joint project between City of Gold Coast, Tweed Shire Council and the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the voyage along the east coast of Australia by Captain James Cook. The building was extended in 1990 to accommodate the Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW service.

The site also has significant cultural heritage for the First Nations people of the region, with renowned local Bundjalung/Yugambeh artist Christine Slabb engaged to provide Indigenous storyboards and artworks for the facility.

New public toilets and a gallery in the café area will be added as part of the upgrade.

Concrete pour of the viewing deck at the Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse construction site (Source: Multi Span Australia)

Concrete pour of the viewing deck at the Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse construction site (Source: Multi Span Australia)

Mr Mackney said the upgrade would significantly enhance the site’s appeal, with a café at this iconic location promising to be a destination that combines history, culture and breathtaking scenery.

“The EOI process provides an opportunity for forward-thinking organisations to propose innovative ideas for the café’s operation, ensuring it becomes a vibrant and sustainable part of our community,” he said.

“We are seeking a partner who shares our vision for this unique space, someone who can offer exceptional service, quality cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere that reflects the warmth of our community.”

The contract for the café presents a chance for entrepreneurs to not only operate a successful business but also contribute to the preservation and celebration of the area’s cultural heritage. The EOI process will allow interested parties to outline their concept for the café, showcasing their vision for an enticing dining experience that complements the site’s historical significance.

“We encourage all organisations with a passion for hospitality and an appreciation for our local history to consider this exciting opportunity,” Mr Mackney said.

“Together, we can create a vibrant café experience that complements the magic of this site.”

Council’s website provides detailed information on the EOI process, including submission requirements and evaluation criteria. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 September 2023.

View from the lighthouse, looking south over Duranbah Beach and the Tweed River mouth.

View from the lighthouse, looking south over Duranbah Beach and the Tweed River mouth.

For more information and to access the EOI documentation, please visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/tenders-contracts.

The lighthouse upgrade is expected to be completed by December 2023, weather permitting. Construction updates can be found at yoursaytweed.com.au/captain-cook-memorial, allowing interested parties to stay informed about the progress of this exciting project.

The upgrade project is made possible through the generous support of funding partners, including:

  • NSW Government’s Cross Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund ($2,023,449)
  • NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund ($798,000)
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage ($50,000)

Joint funding from the City of Gold Coast ($1,950,000) and Tweed Shire Council ($1,264,000).

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that the recently revitalised Casino Showground and Racecourse precinct will commence accepting bookings starting from Monday, June 3rd.

With a generous funding injection of $12.8 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, alongside contributions from various sources including the NSW Showground Stimulus Program, Drought Communities Funding, Crown Lands, and Council, the total investment in this redevelopment has reached $14.4 million.

This newly enhanced facility boasts a range of features including a spacious undercover arena, an outdoor sand arena, turfed areas, covered stables, and a state-of-the-art racehorse stable complex capable of accommodating up to 80 horses. Additionally, new parking areas for cars, trucks, and floats have been added for the convenience of visitors.

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Of notable appeal is the newly constructed racehorse exercise area, which includes round yards, a horse walker, and a 50-metre equine pool. These amenities are expected to draw considerable interest from equestrian enthusiasts and event organizers alike. Furthermore, enhancements such as powered event camping areas have expanded the facility’s versatility, allowing for hosting a diverse range of events including country music festivals, car shows, trade exhibitions, and markets.

Despite the official opening ceremony held on April 20th to commemorate the acknowledgment of government funding, certain essential construction tasks remain pending due to unforeseen circumstances. These include the high-voltage power upgrade, completion of the equine training area, and fencing installations crucial for ensuring the safety of all facility users.

Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the Northern Rivers region have exacerbated delays, saturating many areas of the facility and rendering them unsuitable for immediate use. However, efforts are underway to expedite the finalisation of these outstanding projects in alignment with the originally tendered project costs.

In tandem with these developments, the Council is set to deliberate on its Draft Revenue Policy for 2024-2025 at its upcoming meeting. This policy will outline the proposed fees for utilising the facility and will undergo a public exhibition period of 28 days following the meeting, during which community feedback and submissions will be welcomed.

We extend our gratitude to all existing stakeholders and potential users for their patience throughout this project’s completion, which has been hampered by unforeseen challenges. We eagerly anticipate opening all elements of this facility to serve the broader community.

For those interested in booking the venue, please visit the Council’s venue hire website.

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

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The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

 

In a competitive field of contenders, Ranger Nick emerged victorious, securing the prestigious “Australian Owned Achievement Award 2024” in the recently announced Australian Owned Business Awards on May 7, 2024.

Surprised by the announcement, Ranger Nick received a message from the judging panel praising his unwavering commitment to Australian ownership and excellence. The panel acknowledged the stiff competition and commended Ranger Nick’s business as a leader in its domain.

Reflecting on the unexpected news, Ranger Nick expressed his elation, stating, “I was on my way to the Capella Country Music Festival, after spending a few days in the scrub with no mobile reception, when I received the news. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, flattered and honoured.”

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This accolade marks Ranger Nick’s third triumph in a year, following his recognition as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and as a Winner in the Innovation and Sustainability Excellence category of The Australian Rural Business Awards.

Renowned as the charismatic Aussie Bush Cook, Ranger Nick embodies the authentic Australian spirit with his unwavering passion for Australian heritage and traditions. He has dedicated himself to sharing his camp oven cooking and bushcraft skills with fellow adventurewrs across the country and abroad.

With four published books, his own merchandise line, and notable appearances on television and radio, including Channel 7Mates’ “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and West Bremer Radio, Ranger Nick’s influence continues to grow.

Grateful for the support he has received, Ranger Nick humbly thanked his supporters, expressing his determination to continue his endeavors. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to all for your unwavering support,” he said. “I better pull up my socks and keep on going.”

Ranger Nick eagerly anticipates receiving his official trophy at the Dayboro Annual Show in early July, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

 

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