An off-leash dog park, upgraded playground and new shelters will be some of the features of the revitalised rest stop area in Apple Tree Creek, with designs now underway.
Initial work was scheduled to begin in 2021 as part of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Parks Capital Renewal Program.
However, with major rain events hampering construction efforts in the past two years, the upgrade has been reimagined and will now include moving the area to higher ground.
Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the design scope for Apple Tree Creek Community Park was also exploring other ways to mitigate flood-damage in the future.
“This will include functionally designed playground equipment of suitable materials that still meet the modern expectations of outdoor play areas.
“There will also be new pathways connected to the existing toilet block and the construction of new shelters, with the design to maintain and enhance the hinterland character.”
It will include seating, dog watering stations, dog waste bag dispensers, a small dog area (under 15kg) and a large all-dogs area with agility equipment.
Cr Trevor said it was fantastic news, not only for the small community but also to travellers.
“The Apple Tree Creek rest stop is utilised by many people,” he said.
“It's a popular space for travellers to pull over for a well-earned break as well as a great community area for all to enjoy.
“The addition of a dog off-leash space will be welcomed by many.”
A broad design for the Apple Tree Creek rest stop upgrade is expected to be completed later this month with Bundaberg Regional Council to take ideas to the public for further consultation.
The community can keep up to date with this project on the Our Bundaberg Region website ourbundabergregion.com.au/apple-tree-creek-community-park-upgrade