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In 2013 the Queens Park upgrades commenced in a series of coordinated stages. The aim, to ensure the layered history of the park is conserved, facilities improved, creating quality recreational areas.
The upgrades are being progressed according to the Queens Park Master Plan and are expected to continue through to 2022.
The plan consists of 7 stages and is expected to cost $12 million.
Queens Park stage 1 to stage 5 master plan improvement works are now complete. The Queens Park stage 5 master plan improvement works project was a joint initiative with the Queensland Government.
The Queens Park master plan is planned to be completed by June 2022 and cost $5.6 million and a joint initiative of the Queensland Government.
The Queens Park master plan improvement works for these stages include:
Queens Park master plan stage 6 works were completed in September 2020. The new Botanic Gardens interpretive shelter and Margaret Street Playground is open to the local community.
Queens Park master plan stage 7 works are in progress. This includes the construction of new amenities facilities, upgrades to the Vera Lacaze Park area and further access and lighting improvements within the park.
Select image of the Queens Park site map below to enlarge
Work completed in previous stages of this project include:
The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Anthropology and Archaeology Department was commissioned to conduct an archaeological dig at the former site of the Queens Park Botanic Gardens Conservatory. The dig was conducted in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of places of Cultural Heritage Significance (the ‘Burra Charter’) and the criteria laid out in the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.
The purpose of the dig was to reveal any physical remains of the original structure that may still exist below the surface and identify any original footings to define the exact location and extent of the building. By doing this, the archaeological team would then be able to assess the condition and degree of preservation of these remains, if there was any archaeological significance, and determine management strategies for the remains and the site in general.
This dig revealed some key features of the conservatory, which played a key role in the botanical history of the ‘Garden City’, and will help with our future plans to create interpretive signage around the history and significance of the botanical gardens and the conservatory. A copy of the archaeological report can be found in related documents.
Queens Park master plan report (PDF, 87 pages for A4 landscape print. 2013)
Queens Park archaeological report (PDF, 41 pages for A4 print. 2015)