Council reviews community feedback on Plantation Park

Burdekin Shire Council has reviewed community feedback on the future development of Plantation Park.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council received 400 responses to the Plantation Park Community Survey.

“This is an excellent response and provides Council with a decent sample of community members and their expectations,” she said.

“Our community was asked to prioritise suggested projects and the results in order of priority were a swimming hole with sandy beach, market precinct, canoe trail, wetland, cultural and information precinct and more designated parking.

“Council today discussed the results and the next step will be to bring in a consultant to produce a detailed plan of the park before Council decides on which project to proceed with.

“Once we get details and costings Council will be able to budget for the development.”

Cr McLaughlin said the community was also asked to provide ideas on what was needed in the popular park.

“The top five most popular suggestions were a water park/water play area, children’s playground, more picnic tables with barbecues and bins, walking and bike tracks and new amenities,” she said.

“All of the suggestions will be taken into consideration, but we also have to factor in to our final decision that the area is a flood zone and any ongoing financial impacts on our ratepayers.

“A working group will discuss the concepts with a consultant and it is hoped the consultant will be able to have a draft plan to present to Council at the next council meeting on January 17.

“We are determined to get this project moving and create a wonderful space for residents and visitors to use.”

The Mayor thanked all who participated in the survey and looks forward to seeing the park developed.

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