$2.85M FOR NEW GAR­DENS

Works to start on Park­lands within the next fi­nan­cial year

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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 editorial@chin­chillanews.com.au

IMAGE: CONTRIBUTED

IN THE DE­TAILS: The up­dated draft master plan of Chin­chilla Botan­i­cal Park­lands.

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