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Work underway for historic Parklands project in Chinchilla

26 June 2018

Mayor Paul McVeigh is joined by Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchcliffe to turn the sod at the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands site.

Mayor Paul McVeigh is joined by Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe to turn the sod at the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands site.

New ground was broken this afternoon for Chinchilla and the Western Downs, with construction beginning on the largest parklands project in the region.

The $5.9 million Chinchilla Botanic Parklands, co-funded by the Western Downs Regional Council and the State Government, began construction today and is a first for the region.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the Parklands would act as infrastructure and tourism attraction for the region as well as showcasing the liveability of the Western Downs.

“Delivering this wonderful community garden project with the State Government is the fruition of a concept that was first canvassed back in the 1970s and we’re very pleased it’s been such a successful partnership.”

“The scale and diversity of what will be on offer in the 4.2 hectare Chinchilla Parklands is a first for our region and we’re excited to start construction on this wonderful recreational space for our community.”

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the State Government’s contribution of $2.85 million to the project placed value on the vitality and heritage of regional communities.

“The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands is a landmark project for the Western Downs and this is a really good example of State and Local Governments working together to deliver a project that will benefit not only local residents but the whole district, as well as tourists,” he said.

“The Western Downs is a region with noticeable growth across several sectors as well as population diversity and a project of this nature greatly contributes to the region.”

Indigenous cultural history, the railway heritage of the site and a Megafauna Discovery Space that pays homage to Chinchilla’s ‘giant wombat’ mega-marsupial of old are all included in the design, as well as a water play area featuring a giant watermelon tip-bucket and themed sun lounges.

An amphitheatre with capacity to accommodate 1,500 guests in the lawn space and demonstration gardens providing interactive inspiration for backyards across the district will also be incorporated.

Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Maurice said the Parklands would benefit both residents and visitors to the region and add to the liveability of Chinchilla and the Western Downs.

“We’re very excited about the Parklands and it will provide an excellent linkage between the highway and the town centre which is currently lacking,” she said.

The long-term Chinchilla Botanic Parklands masterplan can be viewed at www.wdrc.info/chinchilla-botanic-parklands-project.

The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions Fund in association with Western Downs Regional Council.

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