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Upgrade starts at Jack Evans Boat Harbour beach

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Upgrade starts at Jack Evans Boat Harbour beach

 

The sun is shining bright on Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads as construction kicks off on an exciting project aimed at enhancing access to the central beach area of this beloved swimming and recreation spot.

Made possible by a generous $748,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program, the upgrade of the central beach area is a significant step towards better connecting people to natural waterways and supporting the health and wellbeing of the community.

This 12-week project, expected to be completed by the end of June 2024 (weather permitting), promises to add a new dimension of enjoyment just in time for next summer.

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The comprehensive upgrade includes a range of improvements designed to elevate the overall experience for visitors. Key features of the project entail enhancing the existing ramp for improved access and safety, replacing the current timber decking with tiered composite decking, and installing steps and handrails to facilitate easier entry into the water.

Furthermore, the addition of shade structures and umbrellas will provide essential sun protection, while accessible picnic facilities, seating, and improved landscaping will create inviting spaces for relaxation and enjoyment.

Pathway connections, bike racks, and art elements reflecting Aboriginal water values and cultural connections will further enrich the environment, making Jack Evans Boat Harbour a vibrant and inclusive destination for all.

Mayor of Tweed Shire, Chris Cherry, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, emphasising its importance in revitalising the precinct. She highlighted the significance of infrastructure investments in fostering community wellbeing and enhancing the overall appeal of the area for residents and visitors alike.

A graphic representation of the concept plan for the upgrade of central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which has been funded by the NSW Government's Places to Swim program.

A graphic representation of the concept plan for the upgrade of central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which has been funded by the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully, echoed Mayor Cherry’s sentiments, applauding the transformation brought about by the funding. He emphasised the positive impact of quality public infrastructure on community health and wellbeing, underscoring the importance of providing accessible recreational spaces for families.

This project aligns with Council’s commitment to safeguarding and enhancing the quality of public open spaces in the Tweed region. A draft concept plan, informed by community and stakeholder feedback, guided the finalisation of the project design, ensuring it meets the needs and aspirations of the local community.

Over the past year, the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct has undergone a significant revitalisation, including the introduction of a new inclusive playspace, barbecues, picnic facilities, seating, landscaping, and a youth recreation area. The adopted Jack Evans Boat Harbour (JEBH) Plan of Management serves as a guiding framework for current and future development initiatives within the precinct.

To learn more about the project and provide feedback, residents are encouraged to visit yoursaytweed.com.au/goorimahbah.

The Places to Swim program, with its commitment to enhancing access to inland waterways across NSW, has been instrumental in funding initiatives like the Jack Evans Boat Harbour upgrade. For additional information about the program, visit planning.nsw.gov.au/places-to-swim.

With this ambitious project, Jack Evans Boat Harbour is poised to emerge as a premier destination, offering a blend of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and community engagement. As construction progresses, anticipation builds for the unveiling of this enhanced waterfront gem, set to captivate residents and visitors alike for years to come.

For more information about the Places to Swim program, visit here.

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

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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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