Your chance to help de­sign new­est park

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN and par­ents of the Lock­yer Val­ley will play an in­stru­men­tal role in de­sign­ing a re­gional park for the Hat­ton Vale and Kens­ing­ton Grove area.

While a site has not been con­firmed, Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil is seek­ing feed­back from com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­trib­ute to the project’s mas­ter­plan.

Mayor Tanya Milligan said gain­ing com­mu­nity in­put was vi­tal to en­sur­ing the park would be money well spent.

“If you’re fair dinkum about build­ing a new park, the last thing you want is to build a new park no one wants to come to,” Cr Milligan said.

“The best way to find out what peo­ple want is to have a gen­uine con­ver­sa­tion with the com­mu­nity, ask the mums, the dads and the kids.”

The coun­cil manned a stall at the Hat­ton Vale State School P&C Christ­mas Con­cert and Mar­kets on Fri­day night to raise aware­ness of the project.

“The first phase of con­sul­ta­tion fo­cuses on key themes, styles and zones for the park rather than spe­cific fea­tures such as a pre­ferred play­ground de­sign,” Cr Milligan said.

“Coun­cil has some con­cept draw­ings which are de­signed to in­di­cate the size of the pro­posed park to as­sist the com­mu­nity in vi­su­al­is­ing what could fit on the site.

“The con­cept draw­ings are not in­tended to re­strict the com­mu­nity’s ideas and coun­cil is open to a range of dif­fer­ent lay­outs and fea­tures.”

On­line and face-to-face con­sul­ta­tion is set to con­tinue dur­ing the next year.

“Coun­cil has plans to en­gage di­rectly with young peo­ple in 2019 to en­sure their ideas are also in­cluded in a mean­ing­ful way,”

Cr Milligan said.

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