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Chinchilla Botanic Parklands making waves with smart water use

The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands is going to be Queensland’s best inland waterpark and it’s well on track to become one of the most water-efficient too.

The whole Parklands have been designed with state-of-the-art water treatment and irrigation systems including the highly-anticipated Watermelon Water Play Area.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the Parklands were designed to save and recycle as much water as possible.

“We understand that water is precious for communities right across the region and that’s why we’ve designed the Parklands with water in mind,” she said.

“The most exciting thing is the specially-designed ‘Splash Pad’ in our Watermelon Water Play Area — the conical base and other number of collection points allows water from the splash zone to be drained, quality treated and recycled.

“Using this technology, each day of operation will only use the equivalent of a small Chinchilla household’s daily water consumption — that’s about 15 domestic showers per day during the peak summer period and eight showers during winter.”

Water from Charley’s Creek will be piped up to the site to be used in garden beds which feature natives and drought-tolerant plants.

The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands are expected to be complete in April.

For more information on any aspect of the Parklands, please call 1300 COUNCIL or visit

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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