From the mayor’s desk

It's been a busy few weeks for community infrastructure delivery with council ticking off some significant projects which will contribute to the vibrancy of our local towns and villages.

The first new playground provided as part of our long-term Playgrounds Strategy will be opened to the public this weekend at Billabong Park, Kooralbyn. I invite you to bring the family along and take this new play space for a test drive this Sunday morning (August 13) from 9am.

In the meantime, construction of a second playground at Beaudesert's Jubilee Park started this week. It's a pretty impressive project and will provide 120 new activities to engage and excite children.

Among the features will be a custom upside-down tower with a rope climb and covered slides, a double-bay swing, giant 'bird's nest' swing, a twisted climbing net, a flying-fox cableway and climbing blocks. Equipment has been selected to provide a variety of inclusive play environments for children across a broad spectrum of physical and intellectual abilities.

These two projects illustrate how council is investing your rate dollars to provide not only crucial core infrastructure such as roads and bridges, but important community facilities and amenities to help make our communities a great place to live and play.

Other recent projects include the opening of the region's newest community space, Rhoda Rushbrook Park on Tamborine Mountain's Gallery Walk. This park is also the first gateway precinct developed as part of the Scenic Rim Story Marker Project. It will use landmark art installations to connect communities on the Scenic Rim Way, a new regional tourist trail.

Rhoda Rushbrook Park is just one example of the Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative which council is committed to delivering for the Scenic Rim community. We have also completed an array of improvements to the Tamborine Memorial Hall precinct in recent days.

We are now pressing ahead to deliver two key projects, the Village Greens stages of the Main Street revitalisation on Tamborine Mountain and a new town square precinct in Boonah. The Village Greens are a priority project to be completed in time for the Queen's Baton Relay and Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

We will also progress the detailed design of the Boonah town square precinct with the aim of commencing construction works in the second half of 2017-18. Design work is also being progressed on the Brisbane Street South precinct in Beaudesert.