Perfect setting for a park
  • Friday 27 September 2013

Sunshine Coast Council has secured a centrally located parcel of land in Glasshouse Mountains that will become a designated parkland and environmental reserve for the whole community to enjoy.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the strategic land purchase in the heart of Glasshouse Mountains will cater for the long-term active recreation needs of this growing community.

“The majority of funding for the acquisition is sourced from our open space and social land program that recognises every community needs access to open space for recreation and for overall health and wellbeing.

“Having access to a network of parkland areas is a fundamental part of our Sunshine Coast lifestyle – we’re an active community who likes walking to the shops, taking the dog out for a walk or going for a jog.

“There’s just over 4ha of land and families will have plenty of open space to throw a frisbee and kick soccer balls – there’s also space for people to host leisurely picnics or enjoy past times like bird watching or looking for wild flowers,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council’s Open Space Strategy highlights the strategic benefits of open spaces and the designation of space for a future District Park in Glasshouse Mountains is in keeping with our strategic approach to meet the active recreation needs of the local community.

“Funding has also come from the Environment Levy as the land is located between two environmental reserves and provides an important corridor for conservation.”

Division 1 Councillor, Rick Baberowski said the Glasshouse community are well aware of just how good the natural assets of the area are and this parkland acquisition provides an opportunity for community gatherings and celebrations in close proximity to the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains.

“It’s a unique property, in an ideal location that adjoins two nature reserves, and I am positively delighted that the opportunity to purchase it on behalf of the community has been realised by council,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Eventually the property will become a designated District Park and in the meantime it will be maintained for general community access and enjoyment.

“Gordon and Gloria Lawrie have owned the property for forty years and in that time they have established a nature reserve with two lakes and habitat for wildlife.

“The Lawrie’s also set-about the construction of a concrete pathway across the creek as a short-cut to town. The best part about the pathway is that the Lawrie’s opened it up for community use, so that locals could walk through the property, enjoy the scenery and access the centre of town.

“There was potential for the land to be sold for residential development but council recognised the incredible social and environmental values for the whole community and we acted quickly to secure this site for the benefit of current and future generations.”