Facelift to seal bright future for Queens Park

A long-term vision for Queensland's oldest park - Queens Park - is in the final stages of being adopted.
A long-term vision for Queensland's oldest park - Queens Park - is in the final stages of being adopted. Rob Williams

IT'S already the jewel in Ipswich's collective crown but plans are being made to keep Queens Park at the centre of the city's life.

A long-term vision for Queensland's oldest park is in the final stages of being adopted.

Cr David Morrison said the council's Queens Park master plan, land management plan and the signage strategy now needed to be approved by the State Government.

"The adoption of these plans will ensure council is well-positioned to guide ongoing capital investment, development and sustainable management of Queens Park for the Ipswich community, now and in the future," he said.

"Improvements detailed in the draft master plan include new bus stops, new picnic facilities, traffic management and safer pedestrian and cyclist movement through new pathways.

"The plan also includes an expanded playground with more interactive play opportunities and multi-age group play equipment and new signage around the park."

Cr Morrison said the Queens Park Master Plan integrated many of the existing site features with new features through connecting paths, shared car parking, sporting facilities and landscaping.

The council holds the Milford St site in trust for the State Government and it is registered on the Queensland State Heritage Places Register. It was gazetted in 1982 and is about 22.97 ha.

Division 7 councillor Andrew Antoniolli said consultation was undertaken with a stakeholder groups ranging from park users and traditional land owners to government and non-government agencies on the plan.

He said the council's main aim was to make sure Queens Park stayed relevant to the community.

"We want to ensure that the park continues to be embraced now and into the future as a citywide recreation park and a venue for all residents and families to use and enjoy," he said.

"Council also plans to preserve the existing sporting clubs."

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