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12 MAY - FUNDING TO FRAME VISION FOR SPORT AND REC CORRIDOR

Council has received a grant from the Queensland Government to support the development of a master plan for Jubilee Park and the future Spring Creek parkland and recreation corridor in Beaudesert.

Mayor Greg Christensen said the master planning process, co-funded under the State's Sport and Recreation Planning Program, would complement the program of community improvements being delivered under Council's Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative.

Cr Christensen said the town centre master plan for Beaudesert had identified a range of potential opportunities for the enhancement of community amenities in Jubilee Park and surrounds.

"The town centre master planning process reinforced the importance of Jubilee Park as a destination precinct for the local community," he said.

"This next step will drill down and identify priorities for the provision of well-designed sport and recreation spaces, giving our community the best opportunity to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. This is an important outcome of our Scenic Rim Community Plan.

"A key focus of this work will be planning for improved integration between Jubilee Park, neighbouring Lions Park, the future Spring Creek parkland corridor and emerging residential areas south of the town centre, particularly the former BoysTown development site."

Cr Christensen said it was important for Council to do its homework, through the master planning process, to set a strategic vision for the future development of Jubilee Park and neighbouring recreation corridors.

"Framing a clear vision for the sport and recreation landscape in Beaudesert in five, 10, 15 years' time, allows Council to map out a long-term capital investment program based on the needs of our community, and to leverage opportunities for co-funding support under State and Federal programs," he said.

Division 4 representative Cr Michael Enright said the sport and recreation master planning process would build on the exciting program of improvements already in the pipeline for Jubilee Park.

"It is important that we plan for both the current and future needs of our community," he said.

"Council will soon commence work on a new children's playground at Jubilee Park as part of our long-term regional Playgrounds Strategy.

"This will provide a contemporary play experience for the young in our community. The centerpiece of this play space will be an ‘upside down’ tower with slides and rope climbs, along with a flying fox."