It’s Parks Week and the spotlight is on the Central Highlands’ parks and gardens and the ongoing work to make the grass greener and our parks fun and safe places to socialise, exercise and relax.
There are more than thirty parks and gardens in the Central Highlands that provide recreational space for communities and are part of people’s daily recreational routine.
Seven national parks attract visitors from near and far for extended weekends, day trips and holidays.
From vegetation management to installation of pathways, water fountains, amenities, fitness and playground equipment, parks in the Central Highlands receive continuous maintenance and improvements.
Some of the most recent and upcoming upgrades include:
- Purchase of a mobile skate park for Dingo and Duaringa.
- Installation of a solid shade cover in Springsure’s Rich Park Springsure.
- Upgrade of amenities block in Bluff Lions Park.
- Installation of a playground at Capella.
- Refurbishment of two amenities blocks at Capella’s Bridgeman Park.
- Installation of amenities block at Anakie’s Alan King Park.
- Upgrade of pathways on the eastern side at Emerald’s Botanic Gardens.
- Replacement of flags and flagpole bases at Blackwater Lions Park.
- Installation of walking tracks and information boards at Sapphire Wetlands.
- Installation of exercise equipment in Bluff – commencing mid-April.
- Planting of shade trees at Bauhinia Sports Complex.
- Revitalisation of the Nogoa River to open the river up for recreational use.
- Refurbishment of gardens in Emerald’s Rundle Park.
- Refurbishment of Emerald’s Egerton Street Park.
- Major upgrades on the western side of Emerald’s Botanic Gardens due for completion by November 2018.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said an investment in parks and gardens is an investment in the liveability of communities.
‘Providing accessible, safe, fun and clean facilities encourages people to use our beautiful parks and gardens to socialise, for recreation and fitness,’ he said.
‘All these attributes contribute to a safe and healthy community and ensure those benefits are passed on to future generations.’