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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Major new park and draft Greenspace Strategy announced

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Major new park and draft Greenspace Strategy announced

    Premier Anna Bligh has announced plans for a major new park and released a Draft Queensland Greenspace Strategy in the lead up to the Queensland Growth Management Summit on March 30 and 31.

    Ms Bligh joined Member for Sandgate Vicky Darling at Fitzgibbon Chase near Carseldine, to announce plans for a 40 hectare new bushland park.

    “Opening up and creating more greenspace for Queenslanders to enjoy is part of our growth management strategy,” said the Premier.

    “More greenspace is essential if South East Queensland is to retain the lifestyle we are famous for. The best estimates say our population in SEQ will grow from around three million today to 4.4 million in 2031.

    “Fitzgibbon Bushland Park will emerge out of State owned law that has been inaccessible to the public for many years and now it will become a public park that can be enjoyed for generations.”

    Ms Bligh said the 40 hectare park will feature:

    ·2.7km of bushland walking trails

    ·a ‘kickabout’ space – which includes a turfed multi-purpose area large enough for informal ball sports

    ·a multi purpose games court supported by fitness equipment

    ·picnic shelters and BBQ and seating facilities.

    “We are on track to see construction start in May this year and the park should be open by 2011,” said Ms Bligh.

    “This new park comes shortly after the completion of the new Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park and is a demonstration of our Government’s commitment to increase green space for Queenslanders.”

    Ms Darling said the park would be a welcome addition to the green space in her constituency.

    “This park will be enjoyed by families for generations and it is exactly the type of green space in this area,” she said.

    Premier Bligh said that greater Brisbane has less green space than other Australian capitals with just 19% of public greenspace compared with 49% for the Greater Sydney region.

    “In Toward Q2 we said we wanted to protect 50 per cent more land for nature conservation and public recreation by 2020.

    “That means we need up to 40,000 hectares of new green space and public recreation land over the next ten years.

    “The Draft Queensland Greenspace Strategy will provide a guide to future planning and development of green space in Queensland.”

    MiS Bligh said some measures in the Queensland Greenspace Strategy include:

    • Promoting additional green space by making new parkland mandatory on all new housing developments.
    • A statewide inventory of land available for greenspace by the end of this year.
    • Working with private land owners to identify greenspace opportunities
    • Indentify opportunities for greenspace in the State Government’s capital building program – (for example the new community park at Wyaralong Dam and the new park as part of the Gateway upgrade)

    “All Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the Draft Queensland Greenspace Strategy,” she said.

    “Submissions will be used to help the Queensland Government determine the priority actions in the final greenspace strategy.”

    Members of the public should send your responses to the address below or complete the submission form attached or use the online form on the web site at Submissions close at 5pm on Friday May 7.

    Send submissions to:


    Draft Greenspace Strategy feedback

    Resource and Landscape Planning

    Department of Infrastructure and Planning

    PO Box 15009

    City East Queensland 4002

    Fax: +61 7 3237 1812


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