Residents’ turn to have say on Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan
Community consultation will begin today for the Burdekin Shire’s Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan, and will close at 5pm on Friday 25 October.
Community consultation will begin today for the Burdekin Shire’s Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan, which includes an SS Yongala-themed water play space, an outdoor stage, a pump track for skate and cycle enthusiasts, a beach volleyball court, fitness equipment circuit and more.
The draft Master Plan was conceptualised by Queensland recreation, open space and sport planning specialists ROSS Planning following consultation with Council and all users in the 17.5-hectare precinct.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the expansions and additions included in the Master Plan were significant for not only the sporting organisations utilising the area, but the wider Burdekin and North Queensland region.
“A tremendous amount of planning has already gone on behind the scenes to get to this stage, where we have a concept to present to the community for input and feedback,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“I want to assure all residents that Council wants to hear your ideas and thoughts on this draft plan.
“One goal of the Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan is to offer both formal and informal recreation opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels, which has been achieved though the expansion of existing amenities – such as the indoor basketball court – as well as the introduction of some brand new exciting features which have never been seen in the Burdekin before, such as the proposed water play space and pump track.”
The community consultation period will run from Wednesday 9 October – Friday 25 October with displays in both the Home Hill and Ayr Libraries and Ayr Council Chambers Foyer, an online feedback form, and an afternoon in Anzac Park with ROSS Planning Managing Director, Dion Collins this Friday (11 October) from 3-5pm.
Burdekin Shire Council Manager Community Services David Cornwell said it was important to remember the Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan was a work-in-progress, and the concept would not become a reality overnight.
“The Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan is a strategic long-term commitment, following discussions with stakeholders over the past few months, and is a shared conceptual vision,” Mr Cornwell said.
“There are still further stages of design for the layout to be finetuned, however by engaging with the community at this early stage Council hope to have a greater understanding of exactly what residents would like to see in the final design.
“Delivering the Master Plan will be a joint responsibility and will require leveraging external funding sources including relevant grants.”
The Anzac Park Precinct Master Plan is accessible at burdekin.qld.gov.au, with a community consultation running until Friday 25 October at 5pm. The community are invited to meet Master Plan designer Dion Collins, ask questions, and provide feedback at ANZAC Park this Friday 11 October from 3-5pm.