Saturday, May 25, 2024

Tweed boat harbour plan adopted

Tweed Shire Council has adopted a Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

The plan sets out the future planning and management of the precinct, and ensures the area is protected and used as the recreational and tourist centrepiece for Tweed Heads.

Mayor of Tweed, Chris Cherry welcomed the plan’s adoption and thanked residents for their input.

“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone that provided their feedback as part of the consultation,” Mayor Cherry said.

“Their contributions will make certain the priorities to enhance, protect and manage the precinct are delivered and that the plan meets the needs of the Tweed community now and into the future,” he said.

“The plan ensures that the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct is recognised as a high quality, accessible regional facility for passive recreation.”

The Plan of Management covers several parklands in the area, the northern and western sections of the waterway and some sections of Ebenezer Park.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said approval and adoption of the Plan of Management would ensure 11 hectares of prime community land at the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct could serve as a recreational and tourism focal point for Tweed Heads.

“The NSW Government has invested over $193,000 from its Crown Reserves Improvement Fund into this urban parkland precinct over the past two years to support boardwalk, cycleway, seating and shade improvements as well as erosion protection work, so it’s great to see the precinct plan coming to fruition,” Mr Provest said.

The plan is consistent with the Tweed Shire Open Space Strategy and Council’s policy for Commercial Recreation Activities on Public Open Space, and has now been approved by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the Plan of Management is an important document as it ensures appropriate management and use of valued community land, so that residents and visitors to the Tweed region can continue to enjoy this community space for generations to come. 

To view the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Plan of Management, a companion guide and for more information, visit www.yoursaytweed.com.au/JEBH.

The plan was informed by community consultations undertaken in 2018 and 2020, which included the What’s Your Vision for Jack Evans Boat Harbour Survey

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