A $21.8 million project to protect and enhance the Kingscliff central foreshore, including a new permanent seawall, will get underway next week.
As well as the seawall, the project will see a new Kingscliff Central Park as well as an upgrade of the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park, which is being reduced in size.
Tweed construction company SEE Civil has been engaged as the project contractor and will move onto the site on Wednesday, 1 February, to begin preparation for the three-stage project.
Tweed Shire Council’s director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said it was ‘exciting to see the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation becoming reality after years of planning’.
‘In the late 1990s, the community indicated it wanted more open space between the Kingscliff beach and central business district. Kingscliff Central Park will be a social hub providing stronger links between businesses and the beach, with stunning ocean views and improved access,’ Ms Stinson said.
‘Those community discussions in the 1990s also recognised that many of the facilities at the holiday park were reaching the end of their lifespan and the park was in need of an upgrade to meet current standards and the needs of modern users,’ she said
A series of coastal hazard studies that started in 2000 identified a more permanent rock wall was necessary to protect the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park, Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club and nearby roads, private property and other infrastructure from erosion and other coastal processes.
‘The sea wall, holiday park upgrade and central park all link together as pieces of a puzzle to protect and further build upon one of the jewels of the Tweed Coast,’ Ms Stinson said.
‘The federal government’s very welcome announcement in December 2015, that it would provide $9.81 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund, was the final piece to bring it all together and enable the project to go ahead.’
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Trust is contributing $7.5 million and council is providing $3.5 million to the project, which is scheduled to start after the summer school holidays, to minimise the impact on Kingscliff’s valuable holiday tourism, and is expected to take 18 months to complete.
Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park will close temporarily during the upgrade and park management are liaising with the remaining long-term site holders to assist their move out of the park by 30 January.
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks unit coordinator Andrew Illingworth said the holiday park was an iconic part of Kingscliff and the upgrade ‘will ensure it can continue to be a high-quality destination for years to come’.
‘We have many valued occupants and we have been liaising with them for a number of years to keep them informed about the upgrade, which is necessary for the holiday park’s ongoing viability and to accommodate the community’s desire for a neighbouring central park,’ Mr Illingworth said.
Fencing will be erected around the entire foreshore revitalisation site from 1 February for preparation works to begin. Construction work is scheduled to start on 13 February, beginning with stage 1 to construct the sea wall.
Ms Stinson said council and the contractors were implementing a number of measures to minimise the effects of dust and other impacts on residents and businesses throughout the construction period.
‘We will be meeting personally with business operators and residents during the coming days to talk about truck movements and other matters involved with the project.’
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