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Chinchilla Botanical Gardens Master Plan Underway

24 October 2016

Peak bodies, community groups and businesses will soon be able to come together to put their visions forward for the proposed Chinchilla Botanical Gardens, as Council engages Planning and Design specialists to begin the feasibility study and community consultation phase.

  • Council committed to investing $300 thousand into the planning and detailed design of the project Master Plan as part of the 2016/17 Budget;
  • The Botanical Gardens project is proposed to be located adjacent to the Chinchilla Historical Museum and Visitor Information Centre, within walking distance of the town’s CBD;
  • The strongly supported development will provide a safe and versatile space that will add to Chinchilla’s beauty, heritage, and liveability well into the future;
  • The consultation phase, subject to the project’s feasibility study, will commence in November 2016 with completion of the draft Master Plan concept expected in January 2017.
  • Western Downs Regional Council spokesperson for Parks and Open Spaces Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the consultation process will be a significant step forward for the development.

“Engagement of the consultant and project teams within Council allows us to commence the feasibility studies, community consultation, and development of a concept and landscaping design in preparation for budget consideration in the coming financial year,” she said.

The proposed Chinchilla Botanical Gardens project is a step closer with Council engaging Planning and Design specialists to begin the feasibility study and community consultation phase. Pictured are Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh and spokesperson for Parks and Open Spaces Councillor Carolyn Tillman overlooking the location map of the proposed project.

The proposed Chinchilla Botanical Gardens project is a step closer with Council engaging Planning and Design specialists to begin the feasibility study and community consultation phase. Pictured are Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh and spokesperson for Parks and Open Spaces Councillor Carolyn Tillman overlooking the location map of the proposed project.

“Seeking early input from the community is key to getting this development right, especially as we have a great opportunity to create a parkland that will provide lasting benefits to the residents of Chinchilla well into the future.

“We are really interested to have conversations with the community and stakeholders to better understand their aspirations and ideas for this exciting project.

“Aside from amazing flora, the possibilities are endless from shared spaces like an amphitheatre and group activity areas to self-guided interpretive displays, walking trails and running paths.

“These gardens hold so much promise for our region, not only in attracting tourists and visitors but also providing open, friendly and safe spaces that enhance the liveability of our communities.

“So we’ll work closely with the Chinchilla community to facilitate an engagement process that ensures we deliver on what our residents want.”

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Media Contact:

Cr Carolyn Tillman | Spokesperson for Parks and Open Spaces | 0401 662 352