Mayor keen on plan to fix reserve
RETURNING one of Ipswich's favourite public playgrounds to its pre-flood condition is now a step closer to reality.
Last January's floods devastated much of Ipswich and the loss of Colleges Crossing recreational reserve was a big blow to Ipswich people and visitors who used it as a place to unwind with their families.
Mayor Paul Pisasale last week announced the council had awarded a contract to JMac Constructions to rebuild the reserve.
"Ipswich copped it pretty tough in the floods," Cr Pisasale said. "People's homes and many parts of our wonderful city including Colleges Crossing were decimated by this cruel natural disaster.
"This investment of more than $9 million in reconstructing Colleges Crossing will bring enormous benefits to our community.
"Since the floods locals have been able to visit Colleges Crossing, but I know they'll welcome the news that soon they will see it come to life with the return of all the facilities their families have always enjoyed like playgrounds and barbecues.
"I'll be keenly following the developments at Colleges Crossing and can't wait to see one of our favourite recreation spots brought back to life."
Ben Mallon and his partner, Samantha Steinback, were thrilled to hear the news after visiting Colleges over the weekend.
"We are definitely keen to see the place redeveloped - we used to use it a bit more before the floods," Mr Mallon said.
"It's looking a bit sad there now so the upgrade would be great.
"It seems like a really popular place and there aren't any similar parklands in Ipswich.
"The money spent would be a real asset to the community."
Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood was enthusiastic about the project.
"JMac impressed council with their tender's vision for returning the reserve to a pre-flood condition for the whole community to enjoy," Cr Attwood said.
"The community is likely to see work commence on this site at the end of this month.
"Reconstruction of the reserve will mean the construction of a new park and play equipment.
"There will be new barbecues and the return of the much-loved kiosk to the park.
"As part of this reconstruction, the reserve will be built in a way that is more resilient to future floods, which will provide the community with peace of mind," he said.