In­vest­ing in the fu­ture of Chin­chilla

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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.

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