Brunswick Heads likes its ‘daggy’ look

Most of the Brunswick Heads locals have been very clear about what they don’t want in the planned makeover of Tweed Street, currently being developed by Byron Shire Council-appointed consultants Social Habitat in conjunction with the community.

“We loathe encouraging anything that may make Brunswick a clone of parts of the Gold Coast or even Pottsville/Kingscliff,” stated one response that perhaps best summed up the majority view.
“We like daggy.”

The community mapping process has produced more than 40 individual maps, including 15 from Brunswick Heads Public School students, and ideas emerging from the process have included narrowing Tweed Street (it’s so wide because it was originally built to allow bullock carts to turn), an historical walk tracing the history of Brunswick Heads, appropriate planting and landscaping with some block planting at intersections as in Mullumbimby’s main street, and bench seating and pocket parks.

“The clear message from the consultation,” said Social Habitat spokesman Malcolm Price, “is that in making over Tweed Street, the people of Brunswick Heads do not want Tweed Street to become a poor imitation of other coastal communities.

“They are proud of Brunswick Heads’ history and they are proud of its slightly ageing look and feel.

 “A minority of people said they would prefer no change rather then see the type of generic trendy landscaping replicated in main streets all over the country.”

He added there was also a clear indication that the central part of Tweed Street, between Booyun and Mullumbimbi Streets, should become a “marketplace” linking it back to the commercial centre of town, and the remainder of the street should revert to a slow, leafy village street.

Social Habitat, engaged by Byron Shire Council in May 2009, has begun the process of drawing up and testing the ideas that have emerged, and have recently held discussions with the Brunswick Heads Progress Association and the Chamber of Commerce.

The proposed new look for Tweed Street will be presented to the council prior to going out on public exhibition.

Meanwhile, the constantly updated storyboard of the project is on display at the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre in Park Street.

New opportunities for people to look and comment on the draft plans will be on Monday, August 31, at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club at 6pm, and on Monday, September 7, at the Memorial Hall at 7pm.

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