Council has completed the first stage of the master plan for the upgrade to the Woodburn Riverside Precinct. This is a key project for the Woodburn community, with a vision for it to be a main attraction point for travellers, particularly after the diversion of the Pacific Highway.
What we have delivered in stage one:
• Community building including new visitor information centre, toilet facilities, and function room.
• Western lawn area
• Picnic terraces
• New beach construction including retaining walls
• Adventure playground
• Extensive pathways and turfing throughout
• Timber boardwalk and boating pontoon
• BBQ area and shelters
Throughout this project there was an opportunity to not only beautify and refresh the area, but to establish an iconic and unique facility and community space which will continue to draw road and river traffic to the area. A key feature of the upgraded park is the adventure playground that has proven extremely popular with locals and travellers.
A new community building is another feature of the park as it houses a visitor information centre, a modern meeting and function space and an outdoor deck that takes advantage of the views of the Richmond River.
Woodburn Riverside streetscape project
Council is actively pursuing future grant funding opportunities to complete the vision outlined in the master plan. Residents were recently given the opportunity to view concept plans and give feedback on the proposed streetscape design. At Council’s May 2023 meeting, the development of the Woodburn Riverside streetscape was awarded to Eltham-based Ennismore Field Landscape Architects.
Estimated total cost of project – $3,649,908
- $810,000 – Australian Government
- $653,656 – NSW Government
- $761,752 – Richmond Valley Council
Funding required to complete project – $1,424,500
The upgraded park will not only encourage the travelling public to continue to stop at Woodburn, but will also assist the town to transition from being reliant on passing trade to one which becomes a gateway to other localities in the region – and a destination in its own right. The multi-use building will enable the removal of three existing buildings which currently act as a visual barrier between the main street from the adjoining waterway, creating a more attractive outlook and highlighting the river as an integral part of the town.