$2.85M FOR NEW GARDENS
Works to start on Parklands within the next financial year
THE State Government will fund half of Chinchilla’s proposed Botanic Parklands to the tune of $2.85 million.
Western Downs Regional Council will fund a further $2.6 million, bringing the total project cost to about $6 million.
WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh said the council was “very pleased” with the announcement.
“This is about growing the diversity of our region... focused on Chinchilla that will deliver both community pride and aspiration, as well as a tourist attraction that will have people stopping in town,” Cr McVeigh said.
While a project start date is yet to be given, Cr McVeigh said the council was conducting a final consultation with the community about the draft master plan of the Botanic Parklands and expected to see “some major development” happening within this financial year.
“(The $2.85m) is a significant contribution from the State Government and it is with great appreciation that council does say thank you to both the Department of State Development and the Palaszczuk government,” Cr McVeigh said.
Consultation is being held with “identified key community stakeholders” and residents can have their say by visiting public displays at Chinchilla’s council offices, the library and the Visitor Information Centre, or by heading to the council’s website, www.wdrc.qld.gov.au.
“The detail will change and grow over time but the key thing is having the master plan there,” Cr McVeigh said.
“It’s a big project.
“As a council we’re excited about it.
“This has been on the agenda for 30-odd years.
“It is now a priority of this council to deliver that for the whole region.”
Funding for the project was announced by Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham, alongside Cr McVeigh, in Toowoomba on Friday. HAVE YOUR SAY: Email us at email@example.com
IN THE DETAILS: The updated draft master plan of Chinchilla Botanical Parklands.