The new streetscaping on the eastern side of Tweed Coast Road at Cabarita Beach was officially opened this morning by the Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Kevin Skinner.
Contractor Scapes Shapes Landscaping Pty Ltd completed the $500,000 works on behalf of Council, following close collaboration with the Cabarita Beach Bogangar Residents Association, the Cabarita and Bogangar Business Association and the local community.
“The aim of the design was to create a pedestrian-friendly environment in the main street, building on the existing social character while retaining the area’s natural character and relaxed village lifestyle,” Councillor Skinner said.
“The project aims to reinforce and enhance the character of the town.”
The works, which extend from Palm Avenue to Pandanus Parade, included the construction of medians and new kerb and channelling along Tweed Coast Road, new pavement in front of the shops and extensive landscaping.
The project builds on the beautification of the beach end of Pandanus Parade which was completed earlier in the year.
Secretary of the Cabarita Beach/ Bogangar Residents’ Association Suzi Bourke said the Association was delighted with the attractive streetscape provided by Council.
“The workers have been most conscientious and have provided adequate access for traders during the construction period,” Ms Bourke said.
“We now have a beautiful village on the East side. The drive through is most attractive and should help retailers with more customers.”
Nick Aldridge, Coordinator of the Cabarita Youth Service – an initiative of the Cabarita and Bogangar Business Association – said most of the businesses in Cabarita welcomed the streetscaping.
“For a long time Cabarita has felt the poor cousin to Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast and it’s good to see that finally Tweed Shire Council has invested some money in an attempt to beautify the main street and surrounds,” Mr Aldridge said.
“We welcome Council investing money into Cabarita so it can become the vibrant coastal village it can be and businesses are looking forward to more visitors and business over the coming Summer,” he said.