An outdoor fitness circuit in Home Hill, improved public toilets at Groper Creek and the design of Ayr’s Anzac Park Precinct are among the highlights of Burdekin Shire Council’s parks projects in this year’s Budget.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said $415,000 had been earmarked to revitalise parks and playgrounds throughout the Shire.
“Managing our parks, gardens and playgrounds is one of Council’s core duties, with 46 hectares of parks and reserves being maintained by Council employees” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council recognises that maintaining and upgrading our open spaces is a key part of ensuring our Shire continues to be a great place to live.”
The Budget includes $160,000 to implement the first wave of priorities identified in the Anzac Park Master Plan.
Cr McLaughlin said the strategic document, which is currently under development, will guide future planning for the 17.5 hectare area.
“We have an active community here in the Burdekin, with more than 80 sporting and recreational clubs Shire-wide.”
“Last year, Council identified the need for a dedicated sport and recreation precinct plan that would bring together and link the existing sporting and recreational facilities in the Anzac Park vicinity.
“This key strategic document is nearing completion and will soon be released for community consultation, allowing locals to have their say on the future of sport and recreation in Ayr.
“Once the Master Plan is finalised, Council will be in a position to design and commence implementing the short-term priorities, which will enhance the area for years to come.”
In addition to the Anzac Park Precinct, Cr McLaughlin said parks from across the Shire were set to benefit under the 2019/20 Budget, with Council allocating $220,000 of Queensland Government Works for Queensland Funding towards upgrades and new installations.
“Projects receiving funding include the installation of a new picnic shelter and barbeque in Lloyd Mann Park, an outdoor fitness circuit in Home Hill and the update of the Groper Creek public amenities.
“The original play equipment in Coutts Park will also be replaced. This complements recent upgrades in the park including the installation of the Double Mega Tower play equipment and outdoor fitness circuit.
An additional $35,000 has been allocated to replace the seating in the Plantation Park Bush Chapel.