Brisbane residents will be given more time to have their say on the Victoria Park Vision as the coronavirus crisis has temporarily put a stop to crucial steps in the community consultation.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the transformation of Victoria Park would deliver the biggest new park in 50 years and it was important to get the planning right.
“We have one chance to plan this world-class parkland and I want to ensure everyone in the community has a chance to have their say so we can deliver an amazing space for residents and visitors to enjoy now and into the future,” he said.
“We couldn’t predict the coronavirus crisis when we originally opened this project for consultation, and the rules around social distancing and public gatherings have temporarily stopped some of the planned consultation.
“We want to ensure all of the planned community engagement sessions and face-to-face meetings are held and until this can happen, consultation will remain open.”
Cr Schrinner said he believed many residents who were interested in having their say and helping shape this parkland had not yet had their say due to coronavirus changing the way we go about our daily lives.
“These are unprecedented times and we owe it to residents to ensure they have every opportunity to consider the draft vision and have their say on this city-shaping project,” he said.
“Council is working hard to respond to the challenges caused by coronavirus and continue momentum on key initiatives such as Victoria Park, which will be vital to our city’s recovery and in creating more to see and do for future generations.
“This extension will ensure residents, who play a vital role in shaping this vision, would have the chance to share their thoughts before the plan was finalised.”
The existing golf course will transition into a parkland with something for everyone, with the popular putt putt course, driving range and function centre set to remain.
Residents wanting to keep up with the progress of the project can sign up to receive email updates by visiting www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and searching ‘Victoria Park Vision’.