Plan preserves Memorial Park
THE preservation of Gympie’s 99-year-old Memorial Park has taken a major step forward, with the draft concept for its conservation revealed.
The report, presented to Gympie Regional councillors at this week’s workshop, unveils how the park will be managed in the future.
This includes the conservation of the Nash Memorial, gardens and tree replacement plans.
The council brought in landscape architect Caroline Brouwer to assist with the plan, which was devised through consultation with the Department of Environment and Heritage protection, the RSL and the council’s heritage advisory committee.
Ms Brouwer said extensive public consultation was done, with extensive – and sometimes creative – feedback received, including one who said that “over-pruning of the park left it looking like a cemetery”.
In a quirk of history, it has been found that the concept of a fernery at the park is part of its heritage, the building housing that fernery is not.
The plan also notes there is room for a small playground to be built near the historic wings and slide.
This could be part of any redevelopment of the fernery.
The draft says temporary large or medium-sized events can damage the park and trees are likely to be ruled out in the future.
Those already in place, like the markets, “need to be reconsidered”. Mayor Mick Curran said the plan, which still needs to be put before the council for adoption, ensured the park’s protection.
“It means that in 10 years people don’t come in and knock down the rotunda, or build a waterpark on it,” he said.
“It was originally put there for a purpose ... let’s make sure it will remain forever more for that purpose.”
YESTERYEAR: Memorial Park’s bandstand, 2017.