Residents of Brunswick Heads have been contacting council, Reflections Holiday Parks and writing letters to The Echo and Echonetdaily for years lamenting the state of public toilets and amenities. Their persistence has finally paid off with the announcement of funding for upgrade and refurbishment of amenities across Terrace Reserve, Banner Park and Torakina Reserve.
Reflections Holiday Parks has received approval for $1,227,000 in funding from the NSW government to provide better amenities for the residents and visitors to the area.
‘We are thrilled that after so many years we are getting the upgrade,’ said Kim Rosen, coordinator of the Brunswick Heads visitors centre and member of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.
’The Chamber had liaised with the Progress Association and applied for a grant to refurbish the amenities in Brunswick Heads last year but we didn’t get it. We were able to pass on these plans on to Reflections who then incorporated a number of features from those plans including the accessible shower.
‘We are just really happy we are getting the upgrades, it has been an embarrassment for such a long time.’
The amenity upgrades across the three reserves are expected to be completed progressively over the coming months. They will include new fixtures, fittings, tiles and painting as well as the inclusion of accessible toilets and showers.
The amenity blocks will be cllosed for six to eight weeks each during refurbishment. The first amenities off the block will be the Torakina Reserve. This will be followed by work on the Terrace Reserve then Banner Park.
‘We have awarded stage one of this important project to AGS Commercial,’ Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edmonds said.
The second stage will look at work to repair the revetment wall and improved access to Simpsons Creek via the concrete stairs.