Millennium Park upgrade
A $150,000 project years in the making will finally go ahead next month.
The first stage of the Millennium Park upgrade in Childers will start in “mid to late February”, and Bundaberg Regional Council hopes the project will be finished in time for the Childers Festival.
BRC said the plan was for Millennium Park to become “Childers’ premier park and playground area”.
The plan has taken years to come to a head, with Childers Chamber of Commerce vice-president John Russo explaining it was one of the things he fought for when he led the group.
“We were pursuing it through the chamber when I was president,” Mr Russo said.
Mr Russo was president for three years and stepped aside mid-last year.
The area had a poor reputation when he was president of the chamber, and Mr Russo said he hoped the new construction would include lighting to deter troublemakers.
“This will be more centrally located and will hopefully have a lot more lighting,” Mr Russo said.
“A security camera wouldn’t be out of place either. You can’t have enough of them.”
Division 2 Councillor Tony Ricciardi said the project would benefit Childers in the long-term.
He said the plan was to downgrade the existing playground at the Apex Tramway Park while upgrading the site across the road.
“That’s been there for years and it’s probably past its use-by date,” Cr Ricciardi said.
“We wanted to accommodate more visitors and take a lot of the parking out of the main street and this will help.”
Stage one will include the construction of footpaths, picnic tables, sun shelters and initial play equipment.
The second stage, which has no timeline but is expected to be completed in a “future budget period”, will include playground equipment suitable for children and barbecue facilities.