Brisbane City Council is delivering a new green space at Milton as part its city-wide plan to transform unused land into vibrant parks for the community.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said works would soon start on an under-utilised empty lot at the corner of Manning Street and Railway Terrace to give the land to residents as a green space for recreation.
“We are excited to be transforming sites like the future Milton Urban Common into attractive and versatile green spaces, as part of a larger plan to build the parks our city needs,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The site at Milton is currently an empty turfed lot with a lot of potential, so in consultation with the community we looked at how it could be better utilised to offer more leisure opportunities for residents of all ages and revitalise the local area.”
Cr Schrinner said he had a long-term vision for the future of Brisbane with Milton Urban Common just one of many more parks like it to come.
“Other parks to be created or revitalised include Hanlon Park in Stones Corner, Carl Street Urban Common in Woolloongabba and Wally Tate Park in Runcorn,” he said.
“As Lord Mayor I want to continue to deliver and build on the Council’s current investment in greenspace.”
“To ensure Brisbane has the crucial parks it needs and its lifestyle and greenspace protected, all future dividends from the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation will be used to buy or create more parks, sporting fields and green space.”
“I plan to spearhead the biggest investment in parks and green space our city has ever seen.”
Cr Schrinner said Council was looking at both large and small lots across Brisbane as potential sites to be opened up as new green space as part of the Brisbane Future Blueprint.
“Brisbane already has 2100 parks across the city, and by continuing to convert under-utilised sites into spaces for the community enjoy we will see an increase to the city’s overall park area.”
Paddington Ward Councillor Peter Matic said feedback from the community had been included in the Milton Urban Common concept plan.
“The park is in response to the changing face of Milton, which in recent years has transformed from an industrial and commercial neighbourhood to a residential and entertainment area,” Cr Matic said.
“With the guidance from community feedback The Milton Urban Common will include a children’s swing set, picnic and seating area, public art, an amenities building and significant planting, including an edible garden.”
Milton Urban Common is due for completion in late 2019.