History comes to life at Buderim District Park
  • Monday 01 October 2012

Buderim’s first district-level recreation park* – known as Buderim District Park – today officially embedded its place in Buderim’s history books with two significant milestones celebrated.

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said he was honoured to unveil the highly anticipated first stage of Buderim’s new parkland simultaneously with the symbolic B150 program tree planting.

"To recognise Buderim’s early residents and to celebrate 150 years of community spirit, council worked closely with the Buderim 150 Group to find a suitable location for the 50 founding family trees," he said.

"Buderim’s new 3.4 hectare park – centrally located on the corner of King and Church Streets – provides the ideal home for these significant trees.

"Today’s tree planting also marks the completion of stage 1 in the establishment in Buderim’s beautiful new district level recreation park."

Stage one works include:

  • the implementation of the arrival plaza
  • a community green and kick about area
  • a new footpath and Poinciana street tree planting along King Street
  • new planting along the eastern park boundary
  • bollards along Church Street to define the informal parking area.

Both local councillors, Cr Dickson and Cr Ted Hungerford allocated funds towards the B150 tree planting initiative.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said it was wonderful to celebrate today’s two significant milestones but it was also important to recognise the efforts of those who brought this to fruition.

"These beautiful new trees and this first stage of works in this prime piece of land would not have been possible without the hard work of many community members and council staff over a period of years.

"And of course, thanks to all the residents who provided extensive feedback to help develop and shape the look and feel of this park – their park.

"Local residents and visitors alike will soon start to flock to this park – that boasts panoramic views across to Sippy Downs, Mooloolah National Park and the southern coastline – to enjoy some peace and quiet or take part in some fun family activities."

The design of the park has been based on the Buderim District Park Landscape Concept Plan – following extensive community consultation.

Simon Whittle from the Buderim 150 Group said this year Buderim celebrates 150 years since the first official record of Buderim was made by timber getter Tom Petrie.

"This was the first step in establishing what has become over many generations since, a community of unique character and spirit," he said.

"Today’s special tree planting celebrates Buderim’s history and those long time families who have helped to shape it into the wonderful place it is today.

"Today, the 50 Buderim ‘Living Legends’ will be recognised and have the opportunity to distribute mulch and apply some finishing touches to a tree that has been planted in their honour by council and the BWMCA.

"Council provided the B150 group with the tree planting plan which we were able to work with in order to determine the designation of?which tree and family."

The planting palette for the 50 trees was influenced by Buderim's garden village character,?the sub-tropical climate,?Buderim's local connection with Edna Walling and Buderim's unique endemic vegetation communities.

Planting within the parkland area and future rehabilitation to the natural area along the escarpment will assist in strengthening the linkages to core habitat areas.

Council will be?seeking?park naming proposals from?the Sunshine Coast community in the coming months. More details will be featured on?council's website and at?Buderim's Old Post Office?on Burnett Street.

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