State called to investigate Maryvale contamination
THE decommissioned railway corridor through Maryvale could be turned into native garden and a walking track in the coming years.
It was one of the high-priority projects listed on the Maryvale Futures: Urban Design Framework, which was approved by Southern Downs Regional Council at its meeting on Wednesday.
The approval clears the way for 18 streetscaping and public park projects.
To date there is no money set aside, but the council has applied to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science's Land Restoration Fund to help out.
If funding is approved, the department will investigate soil contamination around the old rail corridor.
Communities, town and villages portfolio councillor Sheryl Windle worked with the Maryvale Progress Association to shepherd the project through council.
She said it would be good to get the issue of contamination resolved.
"Because it was an old rail reserve, some people think things were carried on there that could have caused contamination,” she said.
"It one of those issues that has been around for years.”
The aim of the project is to reinvigorate the town centre.
Cr Windle said the community was keen to bring the park and pub closer together.
"The community really wants to reclaim the road reserve and maximise the space they have got in front of the Maryvale Hotel,” she said.
"There's a rather large space that is wasted. They want to put fencing around the park and create more safety for kids.”
The council will place bollards along Taylor and Kate sts to make more room for pedestrians. The plan also includes tree planting, a community garden and a mural, with council to foot some of the bill.
"Maryvale residents want to own some of these projects,” Cr Windle said. "If there's something they want to put their name on, we'll help with that.”