The Mount Isa Family Fun Park and surrounds will be significantly upgraded in a $5.1 million project jointly funded by the Queensland Government's Building our Regions program and Council.
Stage 2 Redevelopment project of the Family Fun Precinct - which comprises the Family Fun Park, Mount Isa Skate Park and Splashez Aquatic Centre - will improve its usability, functionality and appeal.
Mayor Danielle Slade said the Precinct was a vital part of the city's sports and recreation infrastructure, and the upgrade was a much-needed boost.
"While Council is aware of the importance of being careful with spending in the current climate, this project will be a wonderful long-term investment in the community and is very good news for Mount Isa," Cr Slade said.
"The Family Fun Park will be highly utilised once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted."
State Development Minister Kate Jones said the government was fast-tracking Queensland's economic recovery by investing in job-creating projects in regional Queensland.
"This program will not only create hundreds of construction jobs across the regions, it will create more employment opportunities for locals, helping small businesses in these communities and boosting industry supply chains," Ms Jones said.
Cr Kim Coghlan, whose portfolio is Parks and Gardens, said the Family Fun Park was a popular facility but needs an upgrade.
"I along with many other residents look forward to the project completion," Cr Coghlan said.
The upgrade will include:
Installation of new strategically placed shade structures throughout the Fun Park, Parklands, Skate Park and Aquatic Centre;
Security upgrades including fit-for-purpose fencing and lighting;
Re-surfacing and irrigation upgrades in high-use areas;
Replacement and installation of new play equipment, free exercise equipment and high-impact park furniture throughout;
Upgrades to pedestrian/cycle paths through the Parklands and flooring in the Amphitheatre;
Aquatic Centre operational upgrades including a solar energy initiative and dedicated first aid/lifeguard facilities; and
Minor upgrades to signage and sustainable landscaping.
The Family Fun Park will get new fencing and security lighting, designed to discourage vandalism and antisocial behaviour and the new high quality shade structures will to protect from sunburn and sun damage.
The state government is contributing $3.756 million with Council to contribute $1.355 million which was allocated in the 2019/20 Budget.
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