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Murillumbah happy to receive funding for arts and park renewal. Photo supplied.

Murwillumbah is celebrating $900,000 worth of grants to help upgrade a number of sites across the town and develop an app to encourage self-guided tours of the gallery and artist studio while also directing visitors to important cultural information.

Revitalising Knox Park in central part of Murwillumbah’s shopping district has received $600,000 that will help improve the the bus shelter and dated toilet facilities said Member for Lismore Thomas George when he announced the funding from the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund (RGETF).

Highlighting the arts

A section of the Treasures of the Tweed mural on the levee wall at Commercial Road, Murwillumbah. Photo Luis Feliu

The rest of the funding will be directed towards a restoration of the Treasures of the Tweed mural and the Tweed Regional Museum’s Caldera Wall – an exciting visual exhibition of the region’s unique landscape, indigenous culture and flora and fauna.

‘I worked on the final stage of the Treasures of the Tweed Mural a few years ago with an assistant and had a great time embellishing the long wall with local flora and fauna,’ said local artist Turiya Bruce.

A section of the Treasures of the Tweed mural on the levee wall at Commercial Road, Murwillumbah. Photo supplied.

‘This reworking will ensure this stunning community project keeps its brilliantly rendered message of wildlife appreciation and habitat protection a priority in our beautiful region!’

Mr George also emphasised the town’s pride in ‘coming up with innovative ways to encourage visitors to interact with the local art scene.’

‘The beauty of this funding is it allows projects to progress in stages, with no limit on how long a project can take to be completed. 

‘I would greatly encourage other organisations with plans for exciting environment and tourism infrastructure projects to continue following the RGETF process.’

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  1. Why does the Treasures of the Tweed mural need restoration? It needs retoration because it has faded, so painting over it will also fade away.

  2. Why is Tweed Heads left out of funding for the arts. There are many artists in this area & we have nowhere to display our art. It always seem to be in Murwillumbah. How about sharing it around & having an arts hub in Tweed.


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