Locals encouraged to join Dalby Welcoming Community

Catherine Carter climbs the Marble St playground.
Catherine Carter climbs the Marble St playground. Nancy Evans

THE Dalby Welcoming Community is challenging anyone concerned about the Myall Creek development to join the committee and have their say.

Committee chair Beth Wood said locals who wanted to speak up regarding the fence should attend the meetings.

"I think it would be fantastic if we had many more people in the community who engaged with the committee," Mrs Wood said.

"That's the way to have your say and get involved. We would welcome anyone."

Locals were split on the Dalby Newspapers Facebook page last week regarding the need for fencing around the Marble St playground.

Committee member Melinda Wells said she found the online comments frustrating.

"It's hurtful for us," Ms Wells said. "I can't even tell you how many hours it took to go through everything. I have seen first-hand the hard work that Beth has done."

Mayor Ray Brown said a fence could create a number of issues.

"Any fence in there would be an obstruction, so there are certainly concerns there," Cr Brown said.

"You have to remember it is a flood zone... every time there is a flood you have to rebuild the fence."

Committee volunteers have been planning the creek's transformation since forming in 2008.

The committee was the state winner of the 2011 Healthy Queensland Awards and received $750,000 for the project.

The project's costs included the amphitheatre in Anderson Park, seating, plants, paths and the Dalby Dudes.

Freemasons contributed $50,000 for the construction of the playground.

Councillor Carolyn Tillman, who is also a member of the committee, said a fence would not make the facility any safer.

"The garden is supposed to be a barrier," Cr Tillman said. "A kid could run from the park and fall in while a parent is struggling to open the gate."

Locals are also encouraged to the committee to help organise the annual Delicious and DeLIGHTful festival in August.

The next meeting will be held on February 18 from 5.30pm at the Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry building on Cunningham St.

You can contact Beth Wood on 0419645671 for more information.

Topics:  dalby delicious and delightful myall creek

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