Lions Park consultation
Final step before Gayndah Lions Park upgrades get the go ahead
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.