Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse Upgrade

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The Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse was built in 1971 as a joint project between City of Gold Coast, Tweed Shire Council and the Commonwealth Department of Shipping and Transport to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the voyage along the east coast of Australia by Captain James Cook on the HMS Endeavour.

The building was extended in 1990 to accommodate the Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW service. Now, nearly 30 years on, the extension has a number of defects and the cost to maintain it fit for occupation is no longer sustainable.

Funds to renovate this heritage building, which


About

The Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse was built in 1971 as a joint project between City of Gold Coast, Tweed Shire Council and the Commonwealth Department of Shipping and Transport to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the voyage along the east coast of Australia by Captain James Cook on the HMS Endeavour.

The building was extended in 1990 to accommodate the Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW service. Now, nearly 30 years on, the extension has a number of defects and the cost to maintain it fit for occupation is no longer sustainable.

Funds to renovate this heritage building, which straddles the Queensland/NSW border, have been jointly provided by the City of Gold Coast and Tweed Shire Council via a grant from the NSW Government’s NSW Restart Program (a total of $3.2 million). Tweed Shire Council will manage the upgrade works.

The Point Danger site and Memorial building are busy pedestrian precincts, given the Coolangatta Centaur Memorial and Walk of Remembrance and viewing advantages afforded over Rainbow Bay and Duranbah beaches.

The site also has significant cultural heritage for Indigenous Australians.

Heritage consultants have advised that the aesthetics of the original border markers are to remain and the rebuild is to be low impact and consistent with the original border marker structure built in 1971.

The renovated building will retain the heritage aspects of the original building and essentially have the same look from the street. New public toilets and a gallery/kiosk space will be added to showcase the site’s history, including Aboriginal Cultural heritage storyboards and photographs.

Bundjalung/ Yugambeh Artist and Graphic Designer Christine Slabb from Fingal Head has been engaged to provide the indigenous storyboards and artworks for the gallery and landscaped environment.

Storyboards also will display narratives around the the Rescue Service and the European history of the area.

The gallery / kiosk will provide tabled seating both inside and on the viewing deck. The cafe will be leased via an open tender process. The successful tenderer will be required to stock and sell Marine Rescue fund-raising products. The cafe will operate seven days a week from 6am-8pm.










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