Some parks could go in rationalisation plan
THE parks around the region have been ranked from highest to lowest importance and those that fell below the line could soon face the chop from the Southern Downs Regional Council.
The park hierarchy, which ranked Southern Downs parks from 1-5 with one being most important, was put together in September last year.
Rankings are based on how often the parks are used, what the parks offer and where they are located.
Manager of Parks and Major Projects Michael Bell said during the November special meeting, the councillors agreed to use the guidelines to look at the potential disposal of excess open spaces, known as rationalisation.
Chief executive Andrew Roach presented the list of the 10 least important parks to the councillors at yesterday's general meeting.
Councillor Jamie Mackenzie was not happy with the presentation of the list which included the park's name, ranking, planning and environment issues and who owned the land.
"I would like to see the addresses of the parks added," he said.
"As a new councillor I did not know where they all were."
Mr Roach said Cr Mackenzie had access to this information via his computer.
"I will organise some computer training for you."
Cr Mackenzie welcomed the offer but said he would still like to see the addresses included.
Councillors all agreed to progress the rationalisation process to the next stage.
Bottom 10 parks
- Sentimental Rocks
- Allora Scout Reserve
- Drill Hall Park
- Barton St Park
- Mill Rd Drain
- Tyrel St Park
- Fairwill Dr Park
- Glencairn Park
- Dwans Lane Reserve
- Industrial Estate Buffer