NEARLY READY: Chinchilla Botanical Parkland is drawing closer to completion.
NEARLY READY: Chinchilla Botanical Parkland is drawing closer to completion. Contributed

Launch date announced for Botanical Parkland

A VISION four decades in the making will become reality when the $5.9 million Botanic Parkland opens its gates.

The June 1 opening will be the culmination of almost a year of landscaping and water park construction to create a 4.2-hectare green space complete with a 1500-capacity amphitheatre.

Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh told the Chinchilla News the long-term vision project will change the face of the town forever.

"We have... showcased the identity of Chinchilla, including unique scar trees that reveal our rich Aboriginal culture and a nod to the prehistoric giant wombat, the Diprotodon, that once lived in the area,” Cr McVeigh said.

"The Megafauna Discovery Space will be a big hit with children and adults alike.”

But it's not just ancient history being recognised.

Chinchilla's more recent history will be remembered and respected with a display in the same spot where the train depot once stood, revealing Chinchilla's railway history dating back to the late 1800s.

Cr McVeigh saida priority for the parkland was ensuring it was good for the environment.

"Environmental sustainability has been incorporated, with the water play area's splash pad allowing water to be drained, quality treated and recycled daily,” he said.

There will be an official opening by a State Government representative on May 28 before the amphitheatre is "christened'' at a community fun day on June 1, when Ranger Stacey and Agro will lead the family-friendly entertainment.

"Delivering the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland is a concept that has been on the table since the 1970s, so we are delighted to finally see this wonderful recreational space come together in a successful partnership with the State Government,” Cr McVeigh said.

"Our local community has also provided essential input into the planning, with local nurseries and schools getting involved and adding some special touches to the parkland.”

More details about the community fun day will be announced early next month.

The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands is funded by the State Government's Building Our Regions Fund.

The State Government contributed $2.85 million to the project.


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