6 July: Increased funding for Scenic Rim parks and gardens features in Council’s 2020-21 Budget.
Increased funding for Scenic Rim parks and gardens features in Council’s 2020-21 Budget.
In line with the shared Community Plan vision for the Scenic Rim as a region of vibrant towns and villages, Council has allocated a total of $3.68 million to capital expenditure and the maintenance of parks and public gardens, up from $3.36 million in 2019-20.
Mayor Greg Christensen said Council’s investment in the Scenic Rim’s parks and gardens recognised their importance, not only as recreational areas but also for their role in creating a sense of place for communities.
“The vision shared by Council and the Scenic Rim community is for vibrant towns and villages that embrace their uniqueness, heritage values and sense of place,” he said.
“Place is not just about location, but about people, culture and connection to an area.
“The recent COVID-19 restrictions, which forced the closure of our parks for many weeks, has given many of us a renewed appreciation of the importance of parks which are at the heart of our communities.
“Research has shown that even urban dwellers yearn for a connection to the natural environment and that spending time in greenspace can reduce stress and lift the spirits.”
Cr Christensen said Scenic Rim’s parks provided places for recreation, relaxation and community connection.
“Our parks help to promote an active and healthy lifestyle and strengthen the social fabric of our communities by providing an opportunity for our residents to connect with others, all while enjoying our beautiful Scenic Rim environment,” he said.