Thanks to $1.3 million from the Palaszczuk Government, taking the family to Queens Park is now even more enjoyable and safer with its lighting, pathways, landscaping and playground upgrades including an improved all-abilities play-space.
At the official opening of the latest upgrade to Toowoomba’s Queens Park and Botanic Gardens, the Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated Mayor Paul Antonio and the entire Toowoomba Regional Council on their commitment to implementing the Queens Park Master Plan.
“I am proud the Queensland Government could play its part in supporting Council’s Queens Park Master Plan Implementation Project with almost $1.3 million from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“These new facilities confirm Queens Park as the go to place to meet in the city.
“Not only are these beautiful gardens more accessible through improved pathways and lighting, but the park area is further enhanced by the playgrounds and landscaping along the Margaret Street frontage.
“This section of Margaret Street is renowned for its busy cafes that look over the park and as enticing as that may be for parents and families, the landscaping provides a soft barrier for children.
“Importantly for the region, Council advises the Stage 5 improvements have created or supported over 70 jobs.”
Toowoomba Regional Council’s $12 million Queens Park Master Plan Implementation Project will enhance public facilities while ensuring the unique heritage values of the park are maintained.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio thanked the Government for its support.
“Looking around at the playgrounds, off-leash area, paths and improved lighting, shows what we can achieve when we work together to create better amenities for the people of Toowoomba and visitors to the city,” Mayor Antonio said.
“The stage five redevelopment will improve visitors’ experiences when they use the 25 hectares of parkland, which is renowned across Australia as the home to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and the Festival of Food and Wine.
“I am very proud of my Council team members who have worked hard on Queens Park stage five and I am looking forward to seeing the final two stages of the Master Plan come to realisation.
“Council has invested $1.93 million in this Stage 5 project, which will ensure we provide first-rate facilities for everyone to enjoy.
“The Stage 5 improvement works maintain the vision set by our forebears for the city’s great park. We are preserving the very best parts of our heritage and upgrading a loved community space for users long into the future.”
The 2017-19 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program is a $60 million fund, to be delivered over two years and provides funding assistance to support local governments to deliver projects that support safe connected communities, meet communities needs and boost economic growth and support job creation.
The new Stage Five improvements include:
• A portion of the Margaret Street Playground – incorporating a Pentaboo (a 7-metre high structure), a flying fox and a Viking swing area);
• New equipment at the Lindsay Street Playground that makes this area the region’s largest and best equipped all ability playground;
• Pathway upgrades, including Harding Avenue South and North to the Botanic Gardens;
• Pathway lighting upgrades in selected areas of Queens Park; and
• Landscaping along the park’s Margaret St frontage from Lindsay to Burstow streets (featuring the renowned blue stone kerb) and improved access to Margaret Street.
Caption: Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe (right) opens the latest Queens Park upgrades with Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio.
Centre: Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe (left) and TRC Environment and Community Services Committee chair Cr Geoff McDonald meet park visitors at the new flying fox.