Site selected for brand new cultural centre at Dalby

Published on 22 September 2023

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Dalby's Thomas Jack Park is set to undergo a major revival, with Western Downs Regional Council selecting the park as the preferred location for the region's newest cultural precinct.  

Following extensive community consultation and considerations, Council has approved the recommendation to revitalise part of the park area to incorporate the new precinct, which gives the green light for concept designs to be developed.  

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the selection of a preferred location was an exciting milestone for the region's next major project.  

"This decision is the culmination of comprehensive community input and industry research and engagement, and now we have a preferred site selected, we are able to go to market for the development of concept designs which will bring the community's ideas to life," Cr McVeigh said.  

"The community told us it was open to a location which is easily accessible, recognised, and closer to the central business district. The consultation also told us that integrating indoor and outdoor spaces was an important theme for the vision of the centre, and we believe Thomas Jack Park ticks all the boxes. 

"We have the opportunity to create something entirely new for the region, and this is supported by the community's vision for an iconic landmark which shapes Dalby's identity, is community-focused, and expands opportunities for people to learn, create, discover new ideas, and be inspired."  

Cr McVeigh said it was important that the park remained a vibrant, natural area that was enjoyed by the community. 

"This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise Thomas Jack Park and create an iconic destination for the region's future," he said.  

'We know the park is a beloved community asset, and the vision we have for the site is to enhance its offerings and ensure it continues to serve the needs of the region.  

"Many families, community groups, and travellers enjoy its wonderful location, playground and park equipment, and through the development of new concept designs, we will ensure these much-loved experiences are only made better.  

“Importantly, Council will also retain the nature of Thomas Jack Park as a community parkland with the concept designs and any future master planning of the site.”  

Council has also resolved to maintain the former Myall 107 site, located at 107 Drayton Street, for ongoing considerations around possible future utilization.  

To find out more, visit Council's website: 

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