Malcolm Price (left) from Social Habitat talked to locals about the Tweed Street makeover at the Old and Gold Festival at Brunswick Heads, and others in the community are now invited to do the same.
Malcolm Price (left) from Social Habitat talked to locals about the Tweed Street makeover at the Old and Gold Festival at Brunswick Heads, and others in the community are now invited to do the same.

Tweed St upgrade plan well under way

Tweed Street in Brunswick Heads is a wide strip of bitumen with a straggle of houses and shops either side, and strangers are often unsure just where they should turn to arrive at the town centre.

But all this is set to change now that the Tweed Street environmental upgrade master planning process is well under way, working on its vision of transforming what was the old Pacific Highway into a vibrant village street for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Last week representatives of 20 community groups, as well as Simon Bennett from Byron Shire Council, Cr Diane Woods and members of the Tweed Street Task Force, got together at the Brunswick Heads

Community reps forum to discuss the master planning process.

The master planning process is being conducted by Social Habitat, the consultants engaged by council for the job.

“Over the past couple of years the Tweed Street Task Force began planning and surveying the community on issues and opportunities and approached Byron Shire Council to help the community reclaim the old highway,” Malcolm Price from Social Habitat said.

“Last year the council agreed to fund a master plan that would guide the makeover of the street in the coming years.”

Organisers were delighted that the night went so well, reporting a high level of interest in the project.

There was a big vote for slowing down the traffic and greening up the street, while other suggestions included art installations to reflect the history of Brunswick Heads, as well as combined pedestrian/bike tracks based on the Copenhagen model.

Social Habitat wants to encourage a community mapping process to involve as many people as possible in the redesign, and there were many who took the opportunity to do just that at a special table at the recent Old and Gold Festival.

“A storyboard of the master plan process is on display at the Brunswick Visitor Centre and interested people can pick up and return their finished maps to the centre over the next three weeks,” Mr Price said.

“We’re hoping to get 300 to 400 people putting forward their ideas.”

Social Habitat will also be speaking about the project at the Brunswick Heads Progress Association meeting next Monday, July 6 at the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for those who would like to attend.

For more information about the project contact Malcolm Price on 6684 5177 or Simon Bennett from Byron Shire Council on 6626 7080.

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