An outdated concrete drain that makes up Washpool Creek will be transformed into a thriving natural space filled with pathways, parks and more for the community to enjoy.
Work will soon begin on the Washpool Creek Naturalisation Project, converting the underutilised area into a waterway with opportunity for nature play and plenty of open space.
Bundaberg Regional Council has appointed Evolve Environmental Pty Ltd as principal contractor to undertake the project.
The initial stage of the work includes naturalising a section of Washpool Creek.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was an exciting first step in the physical transformation of the space.
“Over time the Washpool Creek corridor has been heavily modified due to urbanisation,” he said.
“This project aims to turn the space back to its natural state while also transforming it into an active and connected area that will become a pleasant place to walk, run, play, and explore.”
The overall project has included extensive community consultation during its design phase, with surveys, drop-in sessions and more offered to residents.
Now plans will be put into action, with construction due to commence now and scheduled for completion by May 2023, weather permitting.
“The area will feature plenty of new paths, additional trees for shade and open spaces for active play,” Mayor Jack Dempsey said.
“A rehabilitated, reconnected, and revitalised Washpool Creek will play a vitally important role in delivering Council’s vision of building Australia’s best regional community.”
Construction activities are expected to be carried out between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.
During construction, footpaths will be subject to temporary closures.
To minimise the impact on residents, and retain parkland access, the works will be undertaken in two separate stages, starting upstream between Ford and Hargreaves Street.
Bundaberg Regional Council is aware of the inconvenience construction work causes and thanks residents, businesses, and park users in advance for their patience and co-operation.
The Washpool Creek Naturalisation project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s through the Local Economic Recovery Program.
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