Beautiful Ipswich project to revitalise the suburbs
BEAUTY, they say, is in the eye of the beholder.
And there is going to be plenty of beauty and plenty of beholding going on across Ipswich next year after the 'Beautiful Ipswich' program kicks in.
It was an election commitment by Mayor Paul Pisasale and at the launch of the new program at Goupang Park he revealed that Collingwood Park and Riverview would be the first cabs off the rank.
The program will be a joint effort between Ipswich City Council and local communities and Cr Pisasale said it would serve the joint purpose of revitalising suburbs and building civic pride.
The mayor said residents would note a series of improvements "including suburb entry statements, landscaping in local parks and street scaping".
"We will also be focusing on improving pathways and waterways," Cr Pisasale.
"We want to ensure the whole of Ipswich is embraced by beauty and that the old and new parts of Ipswich are in line.
"We will be encouraging everyone in the community to get involved in the beautification of their areas."
Collingwood Park and Riverview are pilots for the program, with the aim to roll it out across the rest of the city.
Cr Kerry Silver, who represents Division 3, is encouraging the engaged community at Collingwood Park and Riverview to actively partner with the council to develop a greener and cleaner city.
"It is about encouraging residents to take pride in their suburb and develop a deeper connection with their community," she said.
"The suburb entrance statements in particular will provide an enhanced sense of place and I am confident this program will be welcomed by residents in Collingwood Park and Riverview."
Under the program, Cr Silver said owners could request free trees for the roadside verge outside their property.
Those wanting to take part can register their interest with MyIpswich.com. Then the council will assess their property for suitability of a street tree.
Tenants will require the home owner's permission before planting any trees.
*For more information visit www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/beautifulipswich or MyIpswich.com