Council moves to sell off parks
THE fate of eight Warwick parks was determined by Southern Downs councillors this week, as the council's plan to sell off unused parkland finally starts to take shape.
The plan to ditch the least used spaces has been in the works since late 2012, when the Southern Downs Parks and Major Projects Department developed a ranking system to create a park hierarchy of the region's 162 parks.
Since then the issue has come back to council on numerous occasions but councillors were unable to make a final decision.
In May the council decided to form a parks rationalisation committee with Cr Vic Pennisi as the chair and councillors Ross Bartley, Jo McNally and Glyn Rees making up the rest of the group.
The committee made their first presentation to the council during Wednesday's meeting in Stanthorpe.
It was a thorough report, complete with a Powerpoint presentation which showed the location of each park.
Cr Pennisi said the list they had brought to the meeting was a very small sample considering how many parks there were.
"The idea is to see if there is anything else you want us to do or something you feel we have left out.
"At the next meeting there will be many more names on the list."
Having been given top spots in the hierarchy system, it is no surprise the council plans to keep Australiana Park, Barnes Park, Leslie Park and Weeroona Park in their control.
The committee also suggested keeping Mile End Park near Tooth St in Warwick in their control.
Parks likely to be sold off include Apex Park, Arcoola Park, Lysaght Park and Shepperds Drive Park.
Any playgrounds, barbecues and picnic tables at the parks set to be sold will be removed and used at other parks.
The councillors present at the meeting were all impressed with the work done by the committee and voted to approve the committee's recommendations.
Cr Pennisi said the plan was to have the whole process completed by the end of January next year.