Knox Park adventure playground scores regional award

Murwillumbah’s popular Knox Park adventure playground is in the running for a national award, after receiving regional recognition at prestigious industry awards.

The playground took out a Regional Award for Excellence in the ‘Playspace: Minor (less than $500,000)’ category at the Parks & Leisure Australia Awards for Excellence, competing against other projects from across NSW and the ACT.

The judges said the project had converted an area with little local appeal into a popular destination for children and families to get together and have fun.  “It’s a great park that provides for a wide range of users.  The project has improved public safety and subsequently increased its use,” the judges said.

“It’s an excellent combination of fixed equipment, natural environment and shade provision.”

The Knox Park project will now go on to compete for the national award at the Parks & Leisure Australia National Conference being held in Adelaide in October.

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Photo: Tweed Shire Council’s Landscape Architect, Ian Bentley (centre) accepts the regional award for the Knox Park playground from Parks & Leisure Australia NSW/ACT President, Les Munn (left) and Cricket NSW’s Manager State Infrastructure & Government Relations, Anthony Brooks

The adventure playground has been extremely popular with children and families since its completion in October last year. It was installed in the existing Peace Walk, to take advantage of the shade of existing trees and reinvigorate that section of the park.

The playground was designed to engage children in imaginative play that interacts with the natural surroundings.

It forms part of a $1.2 million youth precinct at the central Murwillumbah park, which also now features a plaza-style skate park and scooter precinct, an adventure playground with cutting-edge design features, as well as facilities for basketball, handball, soccer and netball.

The overall youth precinct was funded through a $500,000 Regional Development Australia grant from the Federal Government, $250,000 from the Murwillumbah Lions Club and $500,000 from Council.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Friday 27 May, 2016
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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Towns / Murwillumbah

Margaret Olley Art Centre receives national recognition

Tweed facility wins prestigious MAGNA Award

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre tonight won a prestigious national award from the peak Australian body for museums and galleries.

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Photo caption:  An interior view of the Margaret Olley Art Centre at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.

The Gallery was presented with a Museums & Galleries National Award (MAGNA) in the Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout category at an awards ceremony at Sydney’s Town Hall.  Other finalists in this category included the Australian War Memorial, Royal Australian Mint, Shrine of Remembrance, the Australian Botanic Garden, Western Australian Museum and the Aviation Heritage Museum.

The award was accepted by Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM and Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green.  “The project was a culmination of great teamwork and the community working together and we certainly couldn’t have done without the commitment of Council and the resources of our support organisations – the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation and the Friends of the Gallery – and the work of the dedicated staff team,” Ms Muddiman said.

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Photo caption: Chair of the board of Museums and Galleries NSW, Jennifer Barrett, MOAC’s first curator, Sally Watterson, Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman and CEO Museums & Galleries NSW, Michael Rolfe.

“The initial gift from the Margaret Olley Art Trust was the catalyst of a period of commitment which saw the Gallery rise to new levels.  “The Gallery is part of a commitment from Tweed Shire Council to cultural facilities in the Tweed, which also includes the stunning new Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah.”

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said all the Tweed could be proud of this great achievement.  “Last week I called Tweed the regional capital.  Today we have become a national leader.  Congratulations to all those who have throughout the years contributed to making our gallery a winner,” Councillor Bagnall said.

Council’s General Manager, Troy Green, said: “It was a very humbling experience to accept the award on behalf of the Tweed community, especially given the high calibre of the other finalists”.

“The award is testimony to the world class gallery that we have in the Tweed – something that every resident in the Tweed should be extremely proud of and have on their to-do list when friends and family are visiting them in the Tweed,” he said.

The $4.5 million Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) at the Tweed Regional Gallery celebrates the career, life and legacy of Margaret Olley AO (1923-2011), arguably Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.  The purpose-built extension to the Gallery, honours the wish of the late artist that her artist’s studio elements of her Paddington home in Sydney and her collections be re-created at Tweed Regional Gallery.

The MAGNAs recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects. The awards are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions who are members of Museums Australia.  The panel of judges was selected from staff at the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia and a member of the museum-going public.

Press release and photos courtesy of TSC Media Unit Friday 22/5/2015.