New at­trac­tion sure to draw the pun­ters in

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Bob An­thony

THE New South Wa­lesqueens­land bor­der will be up in lights in more ways than one with the of­fi­cial launch of the Twin Towns bor­der light show to­mor­row night.

The spec­tac­u­lar in­stal­la­tion on the out­side of the main Twin Towns build­ing in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads has been trans­formed into a giant screen and graph­ics pre­sen­ta­tion thanks to Gold Coast-based de­sign and light­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, ULA Group.

The com­pany has been re­spon­si­ble for many large-scale projects around the world, in­clud­ing the Ma­rina Bay Sands in Sin­ga­pore, Auck­land Sky Tower, Bris­bane City Hall and Fed­er­a­tion Square in Mel­bourne.

Twin Towns CEO Rob Smith said he and the Board were de­lighted with the end re­sult and glad to see years of plan­ning fi­nally come to fruition.

“There has been a lot of re­search gone into this to en­sure that it is qual­ity pre­sen­ta­tion which we are con­fi­dent will be­come a bor­der at­trac­tion in its own right,” Mr Smith said.

“To be able to stand across the road from the club and see tele­vi­sion qual­ity im­ages and screen­ing and also some very im­pres­sive graphic de­signs on the club is ex­cit­ing.

“This is a true bor­der state­ment – there had been some sug­ges­tion that there needed to be some­thing out near the air­port but this is right on the bor­der and will bring peo­ple into Coolan­gatta and Tweed Heads which is what we wanted.”

Mr Smith said the club had al­ready been in dis­cus­sion with Des­ti­na­tion Tweed, the tweed Cham­ber of Com­merce and Tweed Shire Coun­cil with re­gard to con­tent which could be pro­jected onto the large screen and Des­ti­na­tion NSW had also sup­plied some im­ages al­ready.

“We will be mark­ing spe­cial event on the screen, the first be­ing Anzac Day which will be very spe­cial,” he said.

“An­other which is up is the State of Ori­gin se­ries – but in our pre­sen­ta­tion it’s the Blues that win!

“Our long-term strat­egy is to en­cour­age peo­ple on the Tweed to sup­ply im­ages and footage of var­i­ous as­pects of the Tweed which can go up and also work with Tweed graphic de­sign­ers to pro­vide them with the op­por­tu­nity to put their works into a se­quence which could be pre­sented on the club’s ex­te­rior.

“This in­vest­ment is def­i­nitely for a per­ma­nent at­trac­tion not just for Twin Towns but for Tweed Heads and the bor­der area.”

ULA Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Cuono Bi­viano said he and his team were ex­tremely ex­cited about turn­ing the vi­sion of the Twin Towns Board into re­al­ity.

“This will be one of the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tions in Aus­tralia and a first-of-its-kind for NSW reg­is­tered clubs,” Mr Bi­viano said.

“The high-res­o­lu­tion 17m x 5m screen con­sists of al­most 800,000 pix­els, with around 2.3 mil­lion LED lights pro­vid­ing an in­fi­nite colour range.

“I have no doubt it will be­come recog­nised as the most spec­tac­u­lar bor­der marker in Aus­tralia.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIGHTEN UP: The Nsw-queens­land bor­der is about to light up in a big way when Twin Towns of­fi­cially launches it Bor­der Light Show in­stal­la­tion on the ex­te­rior of the club’s main build­ing in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.

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