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Amaroo Park masterplan presented

THE Amaroo Park Master Plan was presented to Mareeba Shire Council at the recent ordinary meeting as a part of council’s Parks and Open Spaces Strategy.

In 2022, council completed the new playground and carpark on the corner of Karobean Drive and Hastie Road, Mareeba. This was the first step in the redesign of the entire location.

Chair of the new Amaroo Park working group Locky Bensted said the purpose of the Amaroo Park Masterplan is to provide a long-term vision for the park.

“It is also to assist council with securing grants to implement the plan as no budget is currently allocated to further develop the parkland,” he said.

“The Masterplan was formed following extensive community engagement.

“Council issued a survey to 980 properties in the local area and received 140 responses.”

The top five features survey respondents wanted to see in the new park included shade structures, toilet facilities, additional playgrounds, additional seating and drinking water access.

Following the survey, residents put their hand up to join a working group and met with council and representatives from a landscape architecture consultant firm.

This input as well as feedback from the survey was considered to develop the Masterplan, which can now be viewed on Council’s website.

The Masterplan provides for additional shading, learn to ride track, nature play area, additional car parks, public toilets, a multi-use lawn area, a youth active recreation area, seats and picnic tables, exercise equipment, dog off-leash area, pathway network, new trees and a tween active recreation area.

“A final Amaroo Park community information session to present the action plan will be held at 8.30am to 10.30am, Wednesday, 13 December 2023 at Amaroo Park,” Cr Bensted said.

“I would like to encourage residents who live in the area to visit the information session.”

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