Coun­cil re­leases cen­tre plans

Feed­back sought on new wet­lands cen­tre

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - Michelle Smith

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’.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

An artist im­pres­sion of the new Boon­dall Wet­lands En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

An artist im­pres­sion En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre. of the new Boon­dall Wet­lands

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