Civic and Cultural Centre opens

Article image - Civic and Cultural Centre opens The Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre auditorium now has much improved lighting efficiency and a more functional stage which caters for a variety of performances.

Tweed Heads Shire Council, New South Wales, opened its newly redeveloped $1.2 million Civic and Cultural Centre with a bang last month.

The opening event included performances in both the auditorium and the plaza to showcase the newly-upgraded spaces and all that they have to offer.

Improvements to the facility include an outdoor plaza with a direct pathway for easier access to the library and auditorium and Council’s Tweed Heads Administration Office, contemporary landscaping, an improved drop-off area, accessible parking, better lighting and a more accessible after hours library book return.

A technical upgrade of the auditorium was also completed as part of the redevelopment, which included an electrical and lighting upgrade which improved lighting energy efficiency by almost 80 percent per hour of use and improvements to the stage to enhance functionality and to cater for a variety of performances.

Tweed Shire Council’s Manager Community and Cultural Services, Robyn Grigg said the redevelopment has been a long time coming.

“It’s a great outcome for the community who regularly use and visit the library, auditorium and civic centre.

“We are very grateful to the Australian Government for its funding to make this vision realised and to Tweed Shire Council who also contributed to the project.”

The recently opened Brett Street CAFE (Community Access For Everyone), is a social enterprise initiative of Council and is located in the newly-upgraded plaza precinct. The cafe opening has been greeted with excitement and praise from patrons.

 “The feeling from people that have visited the cafe so far has been positive and very encouraging. It’s great to see the community supporting this worthwhile initiative.

“The cafe will provide tangible benefits to the community as the income from the not-for-profit cafe will support the delivery of social and community programs.

“It will also generate jobs for people in the Tweed, specifically for young and older people, people with disabilities and others who need support to enter the workforce.”

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and Tweed Shire Council.