Have a say on her­itage

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - SCOTT KOVACEVIC scott.kovacevic@gympi­etimes.com

MEMO­RIAL Park has been cen­tral to Gympie’s past, and now you can have your say on its fu­ture.

Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil is call­ing for peo­ple to give their feed­back on preser­va­tion plans for the Queens­land Her­itage listed park.

The feed­back will help form a fi­nal con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment plan which will guar­an­tee the grounds and as­sets are main­tained to com­mu­nity needs.

Open spa­ces coun­cil­lor Bob Fred­man said that along with up­per Mary St, Memo­rial Park was one of the re­gion’s most di­rect links to his­tory.

“We do need di­rect links to our past,” Cr Fred­man said.

“It’s an es­sen­tial piece of our cul­ture and it’s also a mag­nif­i­cent place which many peo­ple within the re­gion do ap­pre­ci­ate.

“It’s in a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion, it was done well and it hasn’t changed much in the 100 years it has been there.”

Cr Fred­man en­cour­aged peo­ple to have their say as it was “in every­one’s in­ter­est to help pre­serve and guide our city”.

The Memo­rial Park Con­ser­va­tion Man­age­ment Plan con­sid­ers the park’s cul­tural her­itage sig­nif­i­cance; as well as prac­ti­cal main­te­nance of as­sets such as park­ing, chil­dren’s play equip­ment, the band­stand and gar­dens.

The plan can be viewed on­line at gympie.qld.gov.au/havey­our­say. Feed­back is open un­til Sunday, Au­gust.5.

Coun­cil staff will also gather com­mu­nity feed­back at the Win­ter Trees on Mary St event on Wed­nes­day from 5pm.

Photo:

PARKED HERE FOR YEARS: The coun­cil is call­ing for feed­back on the con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment of the city’s her­itage listed Memo­rial Park.

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