The site for the park is on the east side of Fairway Drive approximately centralised between Stephenson Crescent and Arlington Way/Teak Street.
Community consultation will involve several stages including:
Phase 1 - Identifying and understanding community views, concerns and aspirations for the proposed parklands.
Phase 2 - Test and review concept designs for the Master Plan.
Phase 3 - Draft Master Plan presented for final comments.
Phase 4 - Periodic review of Master Plan.
Construction will involve the following broad stages:
Stage 1: a, b, c and d
Stages 2 and beyond
Construction of Stage 1 of Fairways Park is currently scheduled to commence October 2020 and be open to the public approximately July 2021.
For more information on what is in Stage 1 see the Concept Designs in the Document Library.
Fairways Park is a large project which Council is undertaking over 10-15 years, Multiple funding sources will be utilised at various stages to ensure value-for-money for ratepayers and sustainability for Council.
Stage 1 is jointly funded by the Queensland Government's Unite and Recover Community Stimulus program ($2.74M), the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund ($0.8M) and Council ($0.8M). This is additional to Council's purchase of the land.
Council appreciates the generosity of the Queensland and Australian Governments.
Park design will start with a relatively empty block providing an opportunity to take an innovative approach with layout and features. Designs will need to be managed within available budgets for both construction and maintenance and the choice of features and timing of installation of some features will be influenced by community consultation.
Council has approached the park design with an open mind and considered all ideas put forward by the community. Choices will have to be made by both the local community and Council about which features can be managed within designated and realistic budgets, which will include ongoing maintenance and operational costs.
One key guide for the community to consider is that Council is unlikely to install any features that would generally be a commercial venture such as an ice/roller-skating rink, bowling alley, cinema or water park. However, it may be possible for designs to facilitate some aspects of those ideas in a way which encourages commercial and community providers to run those activities.
Following a fair and open tender process, the contract has been awarded to TLCC (The Landscape Construction Company). TLCC has been recognised for excellence in the field of landscape construction with more than 30 awards and more than 850 completed projects.
TLCC will engage local contractors on the project where possible, subject to competitive tender processes, capability and availability within the project timelines.
TLCC's previous projects include Queens Park Toowoomba, Walton Bridge Park Upgrade at The Gap and Underwood Park Nature Play in Logan.
Council is very aware of the local wildlife in the area of the park including koalas, wallabies, geckoes, birds and more and will minimise impacts wherever possible.
As per the concept designs, large portions of the site will be maintained as bushland, particularly but not limited to the southern half of the site. Tree clearing in other areas will be selective to provide necessary space for infrastructure without unnecessarily removing the natural wildlife habitats.
A thorough environmental inspection has been undertaken by an independent consultant and Council will manage disruption to natural habitats in accordance with all government requirements.
Council understands there is strong community interest in the development of a water park within this park or elsewhere in the region, and has considered various options.
The concept designs allow for water play areas that are consistent with limited water supply and water conservation. It is unlikely Council would build a large water park on this site due to both capital and ongoing operational and maintenance costs, however it may be possible for a commercial water park to be included in the future.
Reports on community consultation are published in the Documents Library section of this site. Concept designs based on community consultation are also available in the Document Library.