The draft Washpool Creek masterplan has been released revealing the vision for the area ahead of the first stage of the long-term project.
The project will see an outdated concrete drain converted into a natural waterway which features stepping stones, boardwalks, facilities like picnic shelters and plenty of open space for the community to enjoy.
Highlights of the draft Washpool Creek masterplan include the introduction of a bush tucker garden, a shared pathway, public artwork, a yarning circle and increased habitat for wildlife and birds.
Bundaberg Regional Council is encouraging the community to provide feedback on the masterplan.
Environment portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said the masterplan provided a long-term vision for the space to help guide initial work which was set to be underway this year.
“Council has been fortunate enough to secure funding to progress the first stage of this project but we felt it was important to start with the development of an overarching masterplan,” Cr Honor said.
“This ensures that what we build now is fit for purpose if future stages of this project can be funded and delivered.”
While the master plan provides a future vision for the whole area, only a portion of this can be delivered with current funding and the final scope for stage one will be resolved as part of the construction tender process.
Cr Honor said the masterplan was developed following community consultation earlier this year.
“In conjunction with our consultants and based on the community feedback we received we have developed this vision for the area.
“Now we’re calling on the community to look over the draft Washpool Creek masterplan and share their feedback.”
The Washpool Creek Naturalisation project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s through the Local Economic Recovery Program.