Major Walkerston parkland to receive exciting upgrades
Published: 02 Sep 2022
Alsatia Park in Walkerston is set to undergo exciting upgrades this financial year, with a detailed concept plan released today.
The design is based on feedback that was gathered during the community consultation period in February/March this year.
Mayor Greg Williamson said the consultation period revealed support for the children’s playground to be moved away from the skatepark and for the playground to be larger and more visible.
“It was feedback we received loud and clear,” Mayor Williamson said.
“The children’s playground will be relocated to the opposite side of the park, and it will be increased in size to cater for a wider age range (0 to 14 years),” he said.
“Shade was also a major focus of community feedback, so the area will be fitted with new shelters offering covered seating for parents and shading to the small children’s play equipment.
“The half basketball court and skatepark will also get a facelift and football posts will be installed in the park’s open space.”
Other works planned for the park include:
- a ‘hang-out space’ for older kids, complete with a table tennis table
- drainage works
- extension and restoration of the skatepark’s half-pipe
- new and more accessible footpaths
- additional seating, bins and fencing
- a drinking bubbler and dog bowl
- additional shade trees.
The project will now move into detailed design and construction is expected to be completed this financial year, weather permitting.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Australian Government had contributed $700,000 towards the Alsatia Park playground upgrade and it was money well-spent to benefit the community.
“This funding has provided a vital boost to our local communities where the need to back local jobs and boost economic growth has never been more important,” Ms Landry said.
“I want to congratulate Mayor Greg Williamson for ensuring the needs of locals are being met in challenging times brought on by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and other events,” she said.
The Alsatia Park Upgrade project was made possible through $700,000 funding from the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To stay up to date on this project, subscribe to project update emails at www.connectingmackay.com.au/alsatia-park-upgrade
View the Alsatia Park concept plan at www.connectingmackay.com.au/alsatia-park-upgrade