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    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Toowoomba’s Peacehaven Park blooms just in time

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Toowoomba’s Peacehaven Park blooms just in time

    The upgraded Peacehaven Botanic Park at Highfields has opened just in time for the 68th annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

    At the official opening of the improved 4.7 hectare park, Minister for Local Government Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to help fund the upgrade.

    “A grant of almost $313,000 was provided for the project, which employed 15 people from the design phase through to completion of construction,” Mr Furner said.

    “This is another example of the great work being done by the Palaszczuk Government to provide employment for people in regional centres throughout Queensland.

    “Since we were elected, 94,500 jobs have been created – the equivalent of 100 new jobs every day since January 2015.”

    Mr Furner said the investment in the Peacehaven Botanic Park enhanced Toowoomba’s image as “The Garden City”.

    “This upgrade offers great benefits for locals, who can come here all year round, as well as tourists who will soon descend here for the annual Carnival of Flowers,” Mr Furner said.

    “What makes this park special is the nature play area and sensory garden, the wide paths that ensure it is accessible for people of all ages and abilities, and the lawns which will be a great place for people to gather.”

    Toowoomba Regional Council Deputy Mayor Carol Taylor said the Peacehaven Botanic Park upgrade includes unique botanic referenced play-art with elements designed and constructed taking inspiration from the local environment.

    “The park’s upgrade makes this piece of open-space an even greater asset for the Highfields and broader Toowoomba Regional community,” Cr Taylor said. 

    “The Council is grateful to the State Government for its contribution, ever conscious of the generosity of benefactor Stan Kuhl, and delighted by the vision and hard work of the Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park.

    “I expect this significant park will become ever more popular as a location for weddings and community events with the new accessible nature play area, backdrop of the beautiful lake and views out to the Bunya Mountains.”

    Mr Furner said he was pleased the Local Government Grant and Subsidies Program was used to support such a worthwhile project to help boost jobs for regional Queensland and support the Toowoomba Regional Council to build local communities.

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