One of the Tweed Shire’s oldest residents’ associations is celebrating a long-awaited return to the Kingscliff Community Hall.
‘This is our spiritual home,’ said Peter Newton, President of the Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association (KRPA).
‘Our Association, which has been around in one form or another since 1933, has played a significant part in developing the infrastructure of our wonderful area, including the creation of this iconic building which benefits the whole community,’ said Mr Newton.
The Kingscliff Community Hall was originally built by means of a special rate variation, suggested and championed by KRPA, with each Kingscliff ratepayer contributing one shilling extra on their rates to facilitate design and construction.
Peter Newton said the hall was under threat of demolition by developers in the early 1990s.
‘KRPA, along with the support of other concerned community members was instrumental in saving it from the wrecking ball,’ he said. ‘Following extensive renovation as part of the Rowan Robinson Park development, today’s community can continue to enjoy this very special facility.
‘Our return to the hall is down to the will of our members and the support and encouragement of Tweed Shire staff who have worked with us to make this possible,’ said Mr Newton.
Membership of KRPA is open to all residents and ratepayers of Kingscliff and the surrounding areas of postcode 2487.
Into the future
Mr Newton said the Association’s key focus is now on balancing the need for development and growth with maintaining the liveability, fabric and amenity of the area; ‘preserving the very things that make Kingscliff, Kingscliff and make our region so attractive to visitors and residents alike.
‘Social media is a great way to connect and share common community concerns and issues, but if you want to have a real say and influence the shape of your community now and into the future, come and join KRPA,’ said Peter Newton.
The next monthly meeting of the Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association is 7pm, Monday 12 April at the Kingscliff Community Hall.
For more information, visit the Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association Facebook page or the KRPA website at www.kingscliff.org.au.