Council releases centre plans
Feedback sought on new wetlands centre
COUNCIL has released the draft concept plan for a new $5 million environmental learning centre in the Boondall Wetlands and is now seeking feedback from the community.
The plan is to build the new centre in a cleared area to the north of the existing centre, with construction to start in late 2018 and the centre to open in late 2019.
Feedback from the community will help guide Council in how the new centre is developed.
In particular, Council wishes to know what features and amenities people would like to see included in the new centre, what ecological topics people would like to learn about the wetlands (ie bird life, plant species, season changes and Aboriginal use of the area) and what would encourage people to keep coming back to the wetlands.
Council is also encouraging residents to share their memories and photos of favourite places to visit in the wetlands – to be included in a display in the new centre.
Environment, Parks and Sustainability chairman David McLachlan said Council was looking forward to receiving feedback from the community on the draft concept plan.
“The Boondall Wetlands cover more than 1000 hectares of precious salt marshes, wetlands, grasslands, tidal flats, mangroves and open forest and is rich in cultural history,” he said.
“The new environmental learning centre ... will provide a range of recreational and learning activities for all ages.
“The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre has showcased the unique ecological significance of Boondall Wetlands for more than 20 years, and I encourage the community to have their say on what will become an exciting attraction for the northern suburbs for years to come,” Cr McLachlan said.
Deagon Ward Councillor Jared Cassidy said he was very excited about the community having the opportunity to shape the design of the new environment centre.
“When the new environment centre was announced I advocated for the original centre to be retained alongside the new one.
“This Queenslander is very typical of a Brisbane tin and timber home and I thought it was important that it be retained because it forms a part of the history of the Boondall Wetlands.
“I encourage locals from right across the northside to come along to the two info sessions and to make their views heard.
“This centre will be a part of our community for many years to come and it’s important that we get it right from the start.
“I would also like to see the pioneers of the Boondall Wetlands recognised with the new centre including the late Laurie Jeays, and I’ll be writing to the Lord Mayor asking for this to be included in the design of the centre.”
When the project was announced in May, Cr McLachlan said new features could include a theatrette, outdoor classroom, interactive learning spaces, new outdoor picnic and recreation areas, or a wheelchair and pram accessible walking trail through the wetlands.
The draft concept plan indicates that the existing access road and car park will be upgraded, with a small increase in car parking spaces and the addition of a dedicated bus drop-off zone.
Council will also need to reduce some of the dense vegetation around the proposed new centre to reduce the risk of damage from bushfire.
Information sessions on the draft concept plan will be held at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, 31 Paperbark Drive on Wednesday, October 4 from 5-7pm and Saturday, October 7 from 10am-noon.
For more information visit brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre’.
An artist impression of the new Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre.
An artist impression Environment Centre. of the new Boondall Wetlands