The Tweed Shire Council is seeking community input for the draft masterplan of Norries Headland in Cabarita Beach. The draft shows plans for a redesigned car park, new footpaths, seats, trees and new viewing platforms across Johansen Park, Norries Headland Park, Norries Headland boardwalk and Lions Park.Part of the redevelopment are two options for the walkway up to the headland. Both would see the removal of the existing timber boardwalk. One option is to replace it with natural track using gravel, stone and pavers in parts of the track, similar to tracks in Byron Bay, Broken Head and Noosa.The second proposed option is to replace the track with a different material such as fibre-reinforced plastic.The draft states ongoing maintenance of the existing timber boardwalk is likely to “necessitate a change of materials in the future.” The natural track option is said to “lower the profile of the track when viewed from the beach and water and potentially lower the ongoing maintenance costs.” The car park is also getting a makeover with plans for formalised spacing and reducing its length, making it easier for cars to turn around and exit. The existing car park road would be replaced with paths and landscaping. Parks and Active Communities Manager Stewart Brawley said the community’s vision would help refine the draft masterplan drawings which in turn would inform the final Norries Headland Masterplan.“Norries Headland is considered one of the jewels in the crown of the Tweed Coast and is deeply treasured by the local community,” Mr Brawley said.Although Covid-19 restrictions are impacting visitor numbers, the headland usually attracts thousands of visitors each year, from surfers and beachgoers to whale-watchers and walkers.“The Norries Headland Masterplan essentially lays out the plan for the area and will be used to inform council applications for grant funding in the future. “It’s vital the community join with us to share their long-term vision for Norries Headland and its surrounding open spaces. We need a plan to ensure its natural beauty is preserved for future generations.”To find out more about the project, its key findings, issues and opportunities, visit the project page at yoursaytweed/norries-head.Draft masterplan drawings are currently on public exhibition for comment and will be ultimately sent to Council for endorsement. Go to the project page for more information and complete the survey by Sunday 10 October 2021.