The first sod has been officially turned on the new $6 million Riverbank Parkland in Caboolture South.
It will be the community’s largest amenity, covering 25.2 hectares and spanning 1.5kms across the Caboolture River.
There will be walking and cycling tracks, an adventure playground, basketball half court, hopscotch, scooter track, barbecue and picnic facilities and an oval with football posts.
Phase one of the project, which has been three years in the planning, is set to be completed in early 2023 and phase two in the second half of 2024.
Councillor Adam Hain (Div 3) and Federal Member for Longman Terry Young joined Riverbank Project Director Jonathan Lawson at the official launch.
Peet Managing Director and CEO Brendan Gore said: “We can see the massive growth the region is experiencing, and with that, we need to create a pipeline of amenities, like the Parklands, that connect the community to nature.
“Riverbank is a certified environmentally smart community, so it’s critical we continue to collaborate on amenities that align with the long-term vision for Riverbank Estate.
“Having that access to nature and well-design green spaces is what draws people to the Riverbank lifestyle in the first place.”
Mayor Peter Flannery said well-designed, open spaces are a major factor in why families are choosing to live in the region.
“That’s why council is investing $2 million from infrastructure charges towards the first stage of Riverbank Parkland, alongside its record $816 million budget so we can have those better parks, open spaces and services,” he said.
Jess Hales, who has lived in Riverbank since 2014, is now building her second home in the estate near the parkland.
“One of the highlights of living in Riverbank is the connected community," Mrs Hales said.
"The Parkland will be another avenue to meet new families and faces and will amplify the relaxed atmosphere Riverbank is known for.”
Cr Hain said it also provided access and views of Caboolture River not seen by residents, while Mr Young praised the plan for such a sizeable facility.
While showcasing planted and natural landscaped areas with river views, the parkland will also have public parking spaces and an amenities block.
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