Free community breakfast to celebrate Razorback reopening

Celebration to highlight Joongurrabah’s significance

A free community breakfast will be held at Tom Beatson Outlook this Friday at 7.30am (NSW time), to celebrate the popular Tweed Heads park’s reopening following its upgrade late last year.

The refurbishment included construction of new safety railing along the walkway up to the outlook, as well as a minor facelift for its shelters, tables and seating.

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The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, was closed in April because of safety concerns about the existing railing and reopened to the public in time for Christmas.

“While people have been enjoying renewed access to the outlook during the holiday period, we wanted to have a community celebration because of Razorback’s importance to so many people,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

“Community consultation during the outlook’s closure showed how many people regularly visit Razorback for recreation, to show visitors to the area or for major milestones in their lives.

“A special breakfast seemed the best option for the celebration because the outlook is a popular destination for a lot of people on their morning walks.

“We’re also inviting people who have never been to Tom Beatson Outlook to come along and see why Razorback means so much to so many people,” she said.

“Importantly, Friday’s celebration will recognise and explain Razorback’s great significance to the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.”

Joongurrabah is listed as a place of cultural significance in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.

Ms Stinson said Council was highly conscious of the lookout’s importance to many members of the community and found a safe and cost-effective option to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.

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Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

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Razorback Lookout reopened

New handrails and facelift for culturally significant landmark

Tom Beatson Outlook at Tweed Heads reopened to the public last week, following construction of a new safety railing along the walkway.

The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, had been closed since April because of safety concerns about the existing railing.

Community consultation revealed high demand for public access to be restored and Council designed a cost-effective option to replace the railing, utilising the existing concrete path.

Razorback_TomBeatsonLookout_160225_660 Photo caption: TURSA trainees worked with Council officers to give Tom Beatson Outlook a facelift before the reopening of the park.

Job Active trainees from TURSA, working with Council Parks and Gardens staff, have mowed the park and repainted the benches and shelters in preparation for the reopening.

“Razorback is an amazing scenic location for Tweed Heads and is also a place of cultural significance for the Aboriginal community,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.

“With our region being recognised as a National Iconic Landscape, it’s important to invest in and celebrate beautiful locations such as these to maintain the integrity of our shire’s natural and cultural heritage.”

Council’s Community Development Officer – Aboriginal, Rob Appo, said it was a particularly important cultural site for the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.  “The plateau is connected to a very old Aboriginal story about the place where the pelicans played,” he said.

“Joongurrabah is listed as a place of cultural significance in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.”

Director Community and Natural Resources Tracey Stinson said Council was highly conscious of the lookout’s importance to many members of the community and found a safe and cost-effective option to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.

“Razorback means a great deal to a lot of Tweed residents, either because of a landmark moment in their lives or simply as a destination for walks or to take visitors to the area,” Ms Stinson said.  “That was evident by the number of residents who attended an information stall we held at Razorback soon after the walkway was closed.

“The outlook also offers one of the most spectacular 360-degree views of our stunning district.”

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom