NEW AMENITIES FOR KNOX PARK COMPLETE
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP has announced the completion of the new public amenities block in Knox Park at Murwillumbah, the first stage of the town’s new Art and Heritage Precinct.
“It’s fabulous to see these new public amenities, including a central accessible toilet block and new landscaping, ready in time for the summer tourist season,” Mr George said.
“This is an important milestone for the new art precinct which capitalises on the Tweed’s growing reputation as an arts and heritage hub.
“I’m proud this government is supporting this important project with an $887,000 investment.”
Tweed Shire Council was awarded Restart NSW funding under the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund and is also contributing $617,000 to the project.
It includes upgrades to Knox Park comprising the new toilet block, construction of an entry plaza, a new bus shelter and other works; the creation of the Caldera Wall at the Tweed Regional Museum which will focus on the region’s natural history; restoration of the Treasure of the Tweed public mural along Commercial Road; and the development of a phone app consolidating all of the art and heritage information of Murwillumbah.
Mr George said Murwillumbah was already firmly on the arts and heritage map thanks to the work of the renowned Tweed Regional Gallery.
“Murwillumbah already attracts a large number of tourists who come to see the art and heritage on offer, as well as the region’s stunning natural attractions that stretch from the mountains to the sea,” Mr George said.
“This project will boost those visitor numbers and entice people to extend their stay, increasing business opportunities and creating new job opportunities.
“That’s why we created the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund. We are committed to boosting the tourism potential of regional communities so they can grow their local economies.”
Mr George said as well as boosting Murwillumbah’s tourist potential, the new Arts and Heritage Precinct would be well used by the community.
“These works are a real celebration of the Murwillumbah community and its history, providing important cultural and education opportunities as well as improved public amenities,” Mr George said.
“The restoration of the mural will ensure it is preserved for many years to come, while the new arts and heritage app will direct both locals and visitors to new sites and local businesses.
“The project also recognises and pays tribute to our important Indigenous heritage. This is a really worthwhile project for the community.”