Together with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner I will protect and expand Brisbane’s precious greenspace by creating the city’s biggest public park in about 50 years.
“We are committed to protecting and expanding Brisbane’s precious green space, giving people more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane,” Cr Howard said.
“That’s why I’m announcing we’re turning Victoria Park Golf Course into the biggest park we’ve seen in 50 years, more than double the size of City Botanic Gardens in the CBD.
“The Victoria Park Vision will double the size of the existing park and deliver a green link that boosts the connectivity of the city fringe, including Kelvin Grove, Herston, Bowen Hills and the Brisbane showgrounds.
“When you think of some of great parklands across the globe, Central Park in New York City, Lumphini Park in Bangkok and Hyde Park in London come to mind for their hundreds of trees, free attractions and for offering people a green sanctuary within a busy capital city.
“About 26-hectares of this Council land is currently used as a pay and play public golf course, which over recent years has seen a decline in patronage and a reduction in revenue. From 2021, works will start to transform the golf course into public parkland.
“People love and value the existing putt putt course and driving range, with more than 180,000 people using these facilities in the past financial year.
“Council is working collaboratively with the current tenants on this project to ensure the function centre, wedding venue, putt putt course and driving range continue to be the perfect destination for visitors of all ages at this fantastic location.
“During 2019-20, $1 million has been allocated to kickstart the community consultation and design for the Victoria Park Vision that will protect greenspace for future generations and help make Brisbane an even better place to live and relax.”
Lord Mayor Cr Schrinner said the first step in his parkland vision was to consult with the community to find out what they want to see in Brisbane’s biggest inner-city park.
“Council will involve the community in every step of this planning process and will hold forums and public consultation as well as engage experts to create the best design for this green space,” he said.
“Other successful parklands across Brisbane have pop-up cinemas, different types of markets, community events and include revolutionary play areas for all ages. These are all options we will explore with the community.”
Cr Schrinner said car parking was available at Victoria Park, which is also accessible via the Herston busway station, with works already underway for improved direct access to the park from several points.
“Both lines of the high-frequency Brisbane Metro will transport passengers directly to the parkland via the Herston and Kelvin Grove stations in the future,” he said.
“The Victoria Park Vision will add to great new lifestyle opportunities that continues to see people flocking to the city to enjoy our sunny and laid-back lifestyle.”
Ever since you gave me the honour of being your voice in City Hall I have worked hard to make sure the Brisbane of tomorrow is even better than the Brisbane of today.
That’s why I’m excited to share with you details about Brisbane City Council’s plans to create a new green heart for our city – right here in Spring Hill.
A 45 hectare environmental oasis featuring wetlands, rainforests, community gardens, urban farms, our draft vision for Victoria Park will return this iconic local site back to its natural form, creating a sanctuary in our city for everyone to enjoy.
After extensive consultation with local residents, Traditional Owners and some of the world’s best landscape architects, our Vision has been designed by you – for you.
At its heart will be the stunning Lake Barrambin, a 1.4 hectare water way that restores Victoria Park’s original waterways and re-establishes natural cooling, cleansing and drainage systems and providing habitat for our unique wildlife.
Boardwalks and nature trails will meander alongside Lake Barrambin’s shoreline providing the perfect spot to have a picnic, relax or enjoy the many art installations that will tell the story of Brisbane’s history and celebrate its bold and exciting future.
By increasing Victoria Park’s green canopy from 10% to 55% through the planting of thousands of native trees and plants, this draft vision delivers on my commitment to ensure Brisbane is clean, green and sustainable.
Unlike the 1990s State Government’s development of the Roma Street Parklands, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and I will deliver this landmark project without selling off parkland for any development. It’s a bold plan that create a lasting green legacy everyone can celebrate.
The draft vision for Victoria Park is just one of the many ideas the Lord Mayor and I have been working on that will ensure Brisbane continues to be the best city in the world. We have the track record and experience in building the infrastructure Brisbane needs while protecting our unique lifestyle and expanding Brisbane’s green space.