Council still can't decide which parks to sell-off or lease
DESPITE numerous meetings and discussions Southern Downs regional councillors are still having problems deciding which parks and open spaces they want to sell off or lease.
During last week's general meeting the council was presented with a list of 17 parks that council staff had deemed suitable for lease or sale.
Of the 17 parks on the list three are in Stanthorpe and the rest in the Warwick area.
Crs Jamie Mackenzie and Neil Meiklejohn both raised concerns about stormwater drainage and infrastructure at some of the parks on the list.
Mayor Peter Blundell said every time the list came back to the council the process came to a "grinding halt".
To keep proceeding moving forward Cr Blundell asked councillors to highlight which parks they had problems with so other parks could still be disposed of.
Councillors decided they wanted to do site inspections of four parks, with two from Stanthorpe, before deciding whether they were happy to sell the land off.
The Warwick sites pulled from the list were Stan Walsh Park and Tyrell Street Park.
A report to councillors stated the 'Parks Rationalisation Project' began in 2011 and had created a "hierarchy" of the region's parks, identifying those which were no longer used by the public or for which maintenance was unnecessary.
The project went to a special council meeting in September 2012 and has since been back and forth between councillors and council staff.
Councillors were advised to consider issues such as freehold ownership of parks by the council, along with "history and community values", stormwater, buffer strips to neighbouring properties, planning issues, public consultation and "the potential for transferring infrastructure to more appropriate locations".
At last week's meeting councillors also voted in favour of creating a stand-alone fund with the proceeds from the future sale or lease of the targeted parks to help maintain council land leased to local sporting groups.
Good to go...
- Allora Scout Reserve: Lease
- Fairwill Drive Park: Lease
- Glencairn Park: Sell, offer to neighbour
- Dwans Lane Reserve: Lease
- Warwick Industrial Estate Buffer Strip: Lease
- Tulloch Park: Sell
- Rosehill Road Reserve: Sell or lease.
- Meadowbank Park: Lease
- Mountain View Estate Park: Lease
- Banksia Gardens: Lease
- Memorial Park (Allora): Lease
- Leslie Reserve (Sandy Creek): Lease