Cre­at­ing a legacy

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - — Rob Hart President, Chin­chilla Com­mu­nity Com­merce and In­dus­try

THE pro­posed Botanic Gar­dens project in Chin­chilla high­lighted in last week’s edi­tion has stim­u­lated con­sid­er­able de­bate about how our rates are be­ing spent, par­tic­u­larly just after re­ceiv­ing an­other rate rise. The con­sul­ta­tion process by Coun­cil on the project with the com­mu­nity hasn’t been per­fect but there is a broader agenda at play.

This project is not about plants and the name should be changed. It is about cre­at­ing a plat­form for a long-term phased eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment (cre­at­ing an as­set and adding to it, just like Bull­dog Park has de­vel­oped over 4 decades) and diversification (add tourism and more events to our other in­dus­tries) of the town. It’s about a first-class events space, a home for a fu­ture megafauna mu­seum and STEM ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre plus an ex­ten­sion of our ex­ist­ing mu­seum, a place for trav­ellers to stop and stay a night to ex­plore, a com­mu­nity space for mar­kets and fam­i­lies to gather, a po­ten­tial new home for our vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre when the high­way is changed, and so much more.

All of this po­ten­tial adds to Chin­chilla’s pros­per­ity and liv­abil­ity. A lot of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, CCCI and its tourism com­mit­tee, and Coun­cil have been work­ing on dif­fer­ent ver­sions of this project for over a decade. We still need fur­ther fund­ing and re­lent­less en­ergy to build an en­dur­ing legacy. It’s re­ally easy to throw rocks at Coun­cil (the CCCI has been throw­ing a few lately but be­hind closed doors) with­out know­ing the full pic­ture. The sec­ond phase of con­sul­ta­tion by Coun­cil starts this month so please stay pos­i­tive, get in­volved, and think of the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.