Investing in the future of Chinchilla
AS I sit reading the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands Masterplan, I'm incredibly excited about the future of Chinchilla and the opportunities this project in particular will deliver to our region.
Council was elected on its promise to deliver on the things that matter to our local communities, namely, to keep growing our regional economy, create active vibrant communities and deliver great liveability.
This project ticks all these boxes and more.
Over forty years ago a group of local horticultural enthusiasts had a vision to create a shady and welcoming botanic garden in the heart of Chinchilla; an inviting space to showcase our region's flora and be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. By the late 1990's the project was on the agenda of the former Chinchilla Shire Council. However, it wasn't until the Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce & Industry identified it as a priority tourism initiative that this long-held community aspiration started to become a reality.
We've done our due diligence to ensure we can afford it and that we have the water to maintain it, and we've listened to the community to create a masterplan design that transforms this currently underutilised four hectares into a highly functional recreational space.
With connected spaces for family fun and recreation, community events and performing arts, heritage and education areas, this parkland offers endless social and economic opportunities that will boost the liveability of the Western Downs. The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands will enhance and diversify the local economy, from the local jobs created
during the construction period through to the tourism and event opportunities it will bring to our region. The community's valuable input has resulted in an attractive, vibrant and practical design, and I encourage you to view the masterplan in greater detail during July.
Thanks to all the locals who over the decades have kept the vision alive. Great ideas always endure the test of time, and I'm glad this one made the distance.