Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve has ‘scooped the pool’ at the annual Central Coast Brides Choice Awards, winning the overall Best of the Best award as well as the Best DIY wedding venue award.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the annual Brides Choice Awards were held on Tuesday night and recognise wedding businesses that operate across the region.
“Norah Head is such a popular location that not only serves as working Lighthouse, but also doubles as a beautiful and photogenic wedding location,” Mr Crouch said.
“These two latest awards follow a number of wins over the past five years, and I want to congratulate Tracy Stubbings for her fantastic work in promoting and operating the Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve.”
Reserve Manager Tracy Stubbings said the venue had become a beacon for newly-weds.
“So far this year we have 17 wedding receptions booked and that doesn’t account for other wedding ceremonies planned. We get about 30 a year,” Ms Stubbings said.
“Couples come for wedding photos and we have options for ceremonies, receptions and accommodation. Wedding parties can even bring their own caterer if they have public liability cover. Funds raised from the weddings are put back into the operation of the Reserve.”
Toukley couple Ian Rhodes and Courtney Jones tied the knot at Norah Head Lighthouse last September.
“The Lighthouse has always been a special place for us, we used to rendezvous there for walks before we got married. The location and architecture are stunning. We booked accommodation and there was a spectacular lightning storm on the Friday night and then the weather cleared on Saturday to a perfect spring day for our wedding,” Mr Rhodes said.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said Crown Reserves such as Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve were for the benefit and use of the community.
“This Central Coast icon is a great example of how Crown Land is community land that can serve and benefit the entire community,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The NSW Government has allocated $200,000 stimulus from its COVID-19 stimulus program to further improve the Reserve including constructing a workshop for Reserve volunteers, repair access roads and paths, weed management, and to free up the former Stables building for potential adaptive reuse.”