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$2.85 million funding boost to bring Chinchilla Botanic Parklands to life

11 July 2017

The long-held community vision to bring a botanic parklands to Chinchilla is now a certainty with Western Downs Regional Council announcing it has been successful in securing $2.85 million in State Government funding under the Building our Regions program, halving the cost to Council on the overall project.

  • The State Government funding will see Council deliver on its commitment to the Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce & Industry to support the delivery of projects that create economic, social and cultural opportunities for the local community;
  • Council alongside the Chinchilla community have created a masterplan design that will see the site transformed into a highly-functional recreational space boosting liveability, tourism and economic development;
  • The $2.85 million funding will see a welcomed cash injection to the project, as well as stimulate our regional economy through business opportunities, and create local jobs during construction;
  • Community consultation on the Draft Master Plan is open from now until Tuesday 1 August.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the commitment from the State Government to invest in regional communities means Council are able to continue to deliver high-quality projects that value-add to the Western Downs.

“The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands offers endless opportunities for the community and Council to grow our regional economy and boost tourism, all while creating vibrant, connected spaces for residents and visitors alike,” he said.

“This significant contribution of $2.85 million from the State Government will see the cost of the project halved, meaning we can continue to deliver value for money projects that invest in the future of our region.

“Thank you to all the locals who over the decades kept the vision of a Chinchilla Botanic Parklands alive. I look forward to finalising the masterplan design with consultation now underway.”

Council will be meeting with identified key community stakeholders involved in the first round of community consultation over the coming weeks to present the Draft Master Plan and seek feedback.

The Community can have their say on the design of the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands by visiting the public displays at Council’s Chinchilla Customer Service Centre, Library and Visitor Information Centre, or by visiting Council’s webpage.

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392