INPUT REQUIRED: Four tourist destinations across the Western Downs are being revamped and council wants your opinion.
INPUT REQUIRED: Four tourist destinations across the Western Downs are being revamped and council wants your opinion. Contributed

Council investing in local tourist destinations

PLANNING to improve four popular tourist destinations across the Western Downs has begun, with master plans to be developed over the next few months.

The areas to be developed are Lake Broadwater, Caliguel Lagoon, the Chinchilla Weir and the mountain bike trails at Russell Park in the Bunya Mountains.

Western Downs Regional Council is encouraging community input for the study, which will consider what improvements, modifications and investments can be made at each of the sites.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the master plans would help to position the Western Downs as a destination offering authentic rural experiences.

"We are so lucky to have these beautiful natural assets in our region that provide recreation opportunities for locals and inviting destinations for tourists,” he said.

"We want to invest in these sites to ensure they continue to provide quality outdoor recreation opportunities, while also strengthening their economic value to our region's economy.”

Council's parks and open spaces co-ordinator, Matthew Robertson, said sport and leisure planning consultant Otium Planning Group had been engaged to assist in developing the master plans.

"The consultants will be running focus groups in Condamine, Chinchilla and Dalby, and a survey will be released soon for community members to provide their input,” he said.

Residents can also contact Otium Planning Group directly by emailing westerndowns@otiumplanning.com.au

Once the initial consultation and planning phase has finished, conceptual designs will be developed for each site and further consultation with the community will occur.

Council received funding through the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning to develop the master plans.


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