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The Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation is a three-stage
project being undertaken by Tweed Shire Council and the Tweed Coast Holiday
Parks Reserve Trust to protect and enhance facilities along the Kingscliff CBD
1 will construct a permanent sea wall to protect the Cudgen Headland Surf Life
Saving Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club from
erosion caused by storm events and projected sea level rises
2 will replaced aged infrastructure and refurbish and modernise the facilities
and services at Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park, including a new range of cabin
3 will create a Kingscliff Central Park, a community hub linking the Kingscliff
CBD with the beach by providing oceans views from Marine Park and establishing
paths for improved beach access.
The Federal Government announced in December
2015 it would provide $9.81 million towards the project through Round 2 of the
National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust will
contribute $7.52 million to the redevelopment, while Council will provide $3.87 million, for a total investment of $21.2 million in Kingscliff.
The seawall will protect Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving
Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park, Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club, public
infrastructure and some private property from further erosion caused by storm
events and forecast sea level rises.
The Kingscliff foreshore has been impacted by severe erosion
on a number of occasions in recent years, including erosion events that have
significantly threatened these facilities and have required emergency foreshore
Tweed Coast and Kingscliff foreshore hazard plans, including
projected erosion levels for the next 50 and 100 years, indicate existing
facilities, public infrastructure and some private property on the Kingscliff
foreshore are under considerable threat unless measures such as a sea wall are
put in place to protect them. Therefore, the holiday park upgrade and a new
Kingscliff Central Park will not be viable options unless the sea wall is
Why is Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park being redeveloped?
Much of the built infrastructure and facilities at
Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park are approximately 40 years old and has reached
the end of their economic life. This infrastructure must be replaced for the
holiday park to remain operational and viable.
The necessary infrastructure replacement is a good time to
modernise the holiday park to meet contemporary requirements for these
facilities. This includes changing the mix of accommodation options, with a
greater emphasis for on-site cabins and larger van sites. Contemporary visitor
demands and preferences for accommodation are generally much different compared
to the past.
Market knowledge and experiences shows this will achieve
more consistent visitor numbers throughout the year and improve the viability
of the holiday park.
Existing Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park residents have
been informed of the essential infrastructure replacement and park upgrade for
a number of years.
How much will Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park change in size?
The holiday park will be reduced in area by approximately one-third.
The land vacated by this consolidation of the holiday park
will be used to create a new Kingscliff Central Park linking the Kingscliff
central business district and the beach. The central park is in response to
community feedback that indicates Kingscliff residents want open space that
links the Kingscliff CBD with the beach.
What are the main features of the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park redevelopment?
There will be reduction in the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park's footprint to create space for:
new Kingscliff Central Park
of a sea wall along the park’s eastern boundary to protect against erosion
increase in the average size of van sites to;
up-to-date requirements for park operators, and
an increase in the typical size of recreations vehicles (RVs), caravans and the
vehicles used to tow them. Many of the existing sites at Kingscliff Beach
Holiday Park are too small to fit the larger vans and vehicles used by many visitors
change in the mix of accommodation options at the holiday park, including more onsite
cabins and facilities for people with disability
To achieve these improvements, the number of sites will be
reduced from 176 to 61. However, the holiday park changes - including the
removal of a large number of long-term casuals who had exclusive use of their
sites - will ensure sites are used more frequently, so a reduction in sites
will not be matched by a corresponding decline in visitor numbers.
Why is the holiday park redevelopment happening now?
The refurbishment and upgrade of Kingscliff Beach Holiday
Park could not proceed until a more permanent sea wall was constructed along
the Kingscliff foreshore.
Coast management plans for Kingscliff and the Tweed Coast,
mapping forecast erosion along the Tweed coastline during the next 50 and 100
years, shows protection such as a sea wall is needed to protect existing and
future facilities on the Kingscliff foreshore from storm event erosion and sea
Considerable government funding was needed for the
construction of the sea wall.
Last December, the Federal Government announced it would provide
$9.81 million for the project through Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions
When will the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation happen?
The Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation is a two-year project
expected to start in early 2017 and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Much of the planning and approvals for early stages of the
project are completed, in anticipation of securing funding. However, the timing
of start of Stage 1 is dependent on securing the final approvals for the
construction of the sea wall.
The wall’s construction will need to be completed before
subsequent stages begin. However, the estimated timing of other key milestones
of Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park – 30 January 2017
of the sea wall – March 2017
Start construction of Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park upgrade,
Kingscliff Central Park – May 2017
What will happen with long-term casual sites at Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park?
Long-term casual sites will be discontinued at Kingscliff
Beach Holiday Park to allow the redevelopment to proceed. They will not be
replaced when the upgraded park reopens.
This is in line with the management objectives of holiday
parks on Crown Land throughout NSW, to make this public land accessible for
everyone. Long-term casual sites provide exclusive right of occupation to the
site holder, denying access to everyone else.
The holiday park upgrade has been planned for a number of
years, pending the construction of associated coastline protection and
available funding, and long-term casual site holders have been notified
throughout this period that their agreements would not be renewed after the
holiday park is refurbished.
A number of these clients have enjoyed the benefits of their
sites for many years but Crown Land policy and public equity demands this
valuable central foreshore land be made available to everyone.
Existing long-term casuals will still be able to book a site
at the refurbished holiday park but will no longer have exclusive long-term possession
Making the sites available to everyone will also help ensure
the sites are occupied more regularly throughout the year, improving the
viability of the holiday park and generating more consistent patronage for
How will the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park upgrade benefit the wider community?
The refurbishment will include changes to the configuration
of the park and its accommodation options, to encourage more consistent
patronage throughout the year.
This will be achieved by providing more modern facilities
and accommodation options, such as on-site cabins - that meet the contemporary
demands of people visiting the area, and by removing long-term casuals so all
the sites are available to all visitors.
More consistent visitor numbers at the park should bring
more patronage for local businesses during periods when visitor numbers are
typically lower, outside the usual peak holiday times.
Profits from the Tweed Coast Holiday Parks are used
for foreshore protection and restoration works, with more than $1 million
allocated to projects right along the Tweed coastline each year. Optimising the
viability and profitability of Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park, and the other
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, maximises the amount of funds available for
foreshore projects, to improve dune and beach health and benefit everyone who
uses Tweed beaches, while reducing the burden on ratepayers.
Kingscliff Central Park will cover an area of approximately 10,000m2
and is proposed to include:
boardwalk along beach frontage
stepped concrete wall down to beach
including low grass mounding with picnic shelters and barbeques
the cenotaph in its current position
new promenade connecting Marine Parade to the beach
upgrade of the existing community hall
to the coast cycleway
How will Kingscliff Central Park be different from the other parkland along the Kingscliff foreshore?
Kingscliff Central Park will be a jewel in the town’s
foreshore parklands, bringing many of Kingscliff’s attractions together – its
beautiful beach, Marine Parade businesses and the popular coastal cycleway.
Kingscliff Central Park’s facilities and its location,
immediately between the central business district and the beach, will make the
new park a social and cultural hub for the town.
Its layout and features, including the refurbished community
hall, will be designed to host community concerts and other events.
Kingscliff Central Park’s location will also provide
spectacular views of the beach and ocean from Marine Parade businesses, while
creating a better visual and physical connection between the CBD and the beach.
Will the community be consulted about the design of Kingscliff Central Park?
It’s been five years since Council engaged with the
community to create the design a Central Park for the Kingscliff CBD foreshore.
Council will go back to the community in mid-2016 to revisit the existing park design, to see whether community needs and expectations have
changed since 2011.
How can I provide feedback about the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation?
Information stalls and other activities are planned to make
it easy for members of the community to find out more and provide feedback.
Check yoursaytweed.com.au/KingscliffForeshore for updates and announcements.
Input can be sent to Council by email to email@example.com
or in writing to: General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816,
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484