MARYVALE ON THE MOVE: $100K to put rumours to rest
MARYVALE is moving ahead after rumours of contaminated soil at the historic railway reserve were finally laid to rest.
An offhand comment about a cattle dip, where farmers used arsenic to control ticks, sparked a complex and “resource-hungry” undertaking that took “six or seven years” to resolve, according to Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi.
The site was removed from the Environmental Management Register on June 19, after a lengthy investigation process which cost the Southern Downs Regional Council around $100,000 in consultants and contractors.
“Every journey begins with the first step,” Cr Pennisi said.
“You can start off having hair, and by the end you’ve (become) so old it’s fallen out, or you’ve torn it out along the way.”
The notification from the Department of Environment and Science gives the green light for developments to begin on the neglected block of land, as prescribed by the Maryvale Urban Design Framework.
Councillor Sheryl Windle long-advocated for Maryvale, having been inspired by their proactive and positive spirit.
“This is a gateway to our region and there’s so much potential here, it’s exciting,” she said.
“It’s the perfect spot, it’s right in the hub of town, and there’s no stopping us now!”
Landscape design plans are currently underway for the site, mere meters away from the iconic Maryvale Crown Hotel, and are expected to be finalised over the coming months.
Maryvale Progress Association acting president Dennis Wood said the community has several key projects in mind.
“We’d like a bit of an entertainment area so we can have music festivals and stuff like that,” Mr Wood said.
“Maryvale can become the fun place of the Southern Downs … with due consideration to the residents who want to keep it a quiet place.”