22.8 C
Byron Shire
May 13, 2021

New playground installed at Arkinstall

Latest News

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Stig Schneider test drives the new playground during the opening, attended by TSC’s landscape architect Ian Bentley (left), Richmond MP Justine Elliot, one very happy mum and the Tweed mayor Barry Longland. Photo Jeff ‘Macarthur Park’ Dawson
Stig (foreground) and Finn Schneider test drive the new playground during the opening, attended by TSC’s landscape architect Ian Bentley (left), Richmond MP Justine Elliot, project manager Andrea Hamann and the Tweed mayor Barry Longland. Photo Jeff ‘Macarthur Park’ Dawson

The new kids’ playground at Arkinstall Park is a hit, if the youngsters who test drove it at yesterday’s launch are anything to go by.

Putting the latest in playground equipment through its paces were Stig and his brother Finn Schneider from Banora Point Primary School, who dubbed it ‘very cool’.

The $200,000 playground and upgraded community open space at the park in Tweed Heads South is the first section of a progressive redevelopment of the park be officially opened to the public.

The bulk of the $7.75 million earmarked for the first stage of the upgrade is aimed at cementing  Arkinstall Park’s place as a regional sporting facility.

But Tweed mayor Barry Longland said at  the launch that the playground and adjacent public open space were important in their own right, ensuring the park is  a valuable asset for even the shire’s youngest residents.

‘Public consultation for the upgrade highlighted demand for community facilities, not just sports facilities, and this open space is in response to this feedback,’ Cr Longland said.

‘Arkinstall Park is an important recreational open space for a large portion of the Tweed’s population and it will now be even more inviting for local families,’ he added

Tweed Shire Council’s acting director of community and natural resources, Stewart Brawley, said more people coming to the park throughout the day had an additional benefit for council:  improving ‘passive surveillance’ of its facilities.

‘It helps discourage vandalism and other anti-social behaviour at times when sporting events are not being held,’ Mr Brawley said.

The next highlight in the development of the Arkinstall Park will be the official handover of  the new $740,000 netball clubrooms to Tweed Netball Association representatives on Saturday 3 May.

Meanwhile, work continues on other sections of the stage 1 upgrade, including a regional high performance tennis facility and additional netball courts.

Once these works are completed, a much larger official opening of the entire stage 1 upgrade will be staged in the latter half of 2014.

The Australian Government has provided $5 million to the Stage 1 upgrade, while Council contributed $2.6 million to the project.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. No problems with any of the articles in this edition, but why did you have to tag it as an “ANZAC- free zone”? Shame on you Echo, shame, shame.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...