Mil­len­nium Park up­grade

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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