Lions Park con­sul­ta­tion

Fi­nal step be­fore Gayndah Lions Park up­grades get the go ahead

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

PRO­POSED up­grades for the Gayndah Lions Park will go ahead af­ter North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil fin­ishes com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

Af­ter ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings in Fe­bru­ary and March of 2016, a work sched­ule was drafted in Au­gust and a re­vised mas­ter plan sub­mit­ted in Oc­to­ber.

Both the de­vel­op­ment of the mas­ter plan and the fu­ture im­ple­men­ta­tion are funded through coun­cil’s ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tional bud­get.

Division 4 coun­cil­lor John Zahl, now in charge of over­see­ing the plan, said coun­cil had worked closely with stake­hold­ers.

“Cur­rently we are in the last throes of con­sul­ta­tion with the ad­join­ing land own­ers,” Cr Zahl said.

“There are about five prop­er­ties that ad­join the park and I have de­liv­ered to them a copy of the fi­nal mas­ter plan draft which we will sit down and look over in the next week or so.

“We are very keen to get this started but must fin­ish con­sult­ing with land own­ers first.”

The ba­sic out­line was signed off at the De­cem­ber 2016 gen­eral meet­ing how­ever ad­join­ing land own­ers were un­able to at­tend.

“We are go­ing through and ne­go­ti­at­ing with them and lis­ten­ing to any con­cerns they may have and once we have worked that out we can get started on the build­ing process,” Cr Zahl said.

In­cluded in the plan is a nine-stage work­ing sched­ule in­clud­ing an ed­u­ca­tional bi­cy­cle track, shade sails, BMX track and tool shed and a fly­ing fox and up­graded play­ground.

“The plans for the park up­grades were de­signed in house by our own peo­ple,” Cr Zahl said.

The ed­u­ca­tional bi­cy­cle track is al­ready be­ing fully funded af­ter the Bur­nett In­land Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion Inc was suc­cess­ful in gain­ing a fund­ing grant.

“Con­sul­ta­tion is an im­por­tant part of this plan and one we take se­ri­ously,” Cr Zahl said.

The Gayndah Lions Group, users of the skate park, parents groups, com­mu­nity youth and other in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers have all been con­sulted over the past year.

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