Tweed Heads’ infrastructure-focused budget requires a rate increase of 2.7%

Tweed Heads Council has revealed its 2019/2020 budget, with a heavy focus on infrastructure.

The $232 million Council Budget for 2019/2020 has been adopted, and will result in a 2.7 percent rate increase for residents.

Multiple major infrastructure projects are on the cards for the fast-growing area, to meet the needs of a rising population.


The Civic Centre will be redeveloped, the KENNEDY DRIVE round-a-bout will be replaced with traffic lights, and the UKI water treatment plan will be upgraded in the next financial year.

(All projects to be delivered in the coming year listed below).

Council says they’ll also continue projects like the Industrial Land Swap, the Zero Waste Strategy, a Koala Holding Facility at Pottsville and the restoration of the Upper Tweed River Estuary Riverbank.

They’re in addition to the delivery of 52 essential services to residents such as parks, roads, water, sports fields, aquatic centres, libraries, the Tweed Regional Museum and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

General Manager, Troy Green said the Tweed was continuing on a fiscally responsible path by presenting balanced cash budgets, an approach that has to date positioned Tweed in a strong, financially sustainable position.

“This Budget ensures that Council invests in infrastructure as part of our commitment to make the Tweed an even better place to live, work and visit.”

For more information about the budget, click here.

Some of the many projects to be delivered during the coming financial year include:
– $450,000 invested in the protection of coastal resources, including the protection of threatened species
– $1.2 million for redevelopment of the Tweed Heads Civic Centre which will create a cultural plaza and social enterprise cafe for this precinct
– $1.3 million for an upgrade to the Murwillumbah Auditorium
– $5 million for Arkinstall Park Stage 2
– protecting the Bray Park Weir from saltwater inundation
– improving the performance of the Hastings Point Wastewater Treatment Plant
– upgrading the Uki Water Treatment Plant
– replacement of the roundabout at Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads with traffic lights
– extending Kirkwood Road to Fraser Drive and Broadwater Parkway connecting Mahers Lane to Fraser Drive
– $1.2 million for Renewable Energy Action Plan solar projects.

PHOTO | Supplied by Tweed Council