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Master plan to be developed for Chinchilla Botanical Gardens

16 June 2016

Committed to investing in the things that matter to our community, Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman and Mayor Paul McVeigh inspect concept plans for a botanical garden on the railway land behind the Chinchilla Historical Museum.

Committed to investing in the things that matter to our community, Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman and Mayor Paul McVeigh inspect concept plans for a botanical garden on the railway land behind the Chinchilla Historical Museum.

Dreams have turned into reality for many Chinchilla residents with Western Downs Regional Council announcing plans to develop the long-awaited Botanical Gardens, delivering on a community vision that has origins as far back as the 1970s.

  • Council will invest $300 thousand into the planning and detailed design of a project Master Plan in consultation with the community in 2016/17;
  • Council is committed to investing in the things that matter to our community, and the gardens will provide a safe and friendly space that will enhance the liveability of our communities well into the future;
  • Will create increased opportunities for event and tourism development both locally and regionally, as well as driving economic benefits for Chinchilla businesses and attractions like the Historical Museum;
  • The development is strongly supported by key Community Stakeholders, and the Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry;
  • The gardens will be a focal point for community entertainment and gatherings for decades to come, adding to the beauty, heritage, and liveability of our region.

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the botanical gardens project has the potential to be a real drawcard for tourists and locals alike.

“Council is committed to driving key development projects that will value-add and enhance the liveability of our region by making our communities great places to live and visit,” she said.

“The first priority is to develop a master plan of the project to ensure we deliver what our community wants.

“A botanical garden for Chinchilla has been supported throughout the community for over 40 years, and Council is committed to working with the community to ensure we get the plans right.

“The purchase of the railway land behind the Chinchilla Historical Museum for the botanical gardens is an ideal location for visitors and families with the Chinchilla Town Centre, Museum and Visitor Information Centre within short walking distance.

“These gardens have the potential to attract tourists and visitors to the region, providing an open, friendly and safe space for our communities to come together and connect.”

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