$2.6 million set aside, draft plan of Botanic Gardens released
COUNCIL has released a draft master plan of the Chinchilla Botanic Gardens and allocated $2.66 million toward making the gardens a reality.
The scope and timing of the project relies on Council receiving $2.85 million funding under the State Government's Building Our Regions program, with the budget to be phased over three years.
Last year Council, in partnership with a specialist consultant, developed a Draft Master Plan incorporating feedback received from over 100 submissions from the first phase of public consultation.
The draft master plan of the gardens will go out to a second round of public consultation in July.
Following the second round of public consultation, the project will commence a detailed landscape design of what will be constructed on the site.
Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the focus was on delivering an outstanding contemporary design that meets the community's needs and expectations.
"Last year we had a great response from the Chinchilla community as part of our first phase of public consultation, and this feedback has guided the development of the Draft Master Plan,” she said.
"This year Council will be moving ahead with our second phase of public consultation, bringing the Draft Master Plan to the community for feedback from July.
"Council is committed to developing a design that transforms the site into a multi-purpose and interactive park that connects our community through events, entertainment, and gatherings well into the future.
"The 2018 completion of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will bring many opportunities to the Western Downs, providing shorter travel times between Brisbane and Chinchilla, enhancing the gardens potential as a tourist destination.
"Spaces like the Chinchilla Botanic Gardens also become active vibrant hubs for the whole community, creating relaxing leisure spaces for families, events, and the travelling public.
"The key to the success of this project is ensuring that we are balancing the future needs of our community, while also enhancing our region's liveability and building on the strength of our local economy and tourism industry.”
Cr Tillman encouraged residents to have their say when the second round of public consultation begins next month.