What a city we could have

By MIKARLA THURECHT

ROCKHAMPTON City Councillor Stephen Schwarten has an enticing vision for the redevelopment of the northern side of the Fitzroy River.

He wants to create a family-friendly environment at Queen's Park, equal to the redevelopment already undertaken on the southside.

Cr Schwarten wants residents to enjoy barbecues with the family, relaxing strolls along walking trails and dropping the odd line in.

His wish list also includes proper car parking, toilets, high standards of security and increased vegetation.

Cr Schwarten wants the weeds removed from the lower bank and replaced with local native species of ground-covers and small shrubs.

He also wants the proposed Peacemakers Park ? complete with amphitheatre and car parking ? to go ahead.

Cr Schwarten last week tabled his wish list to council.

He claimed the current plans for the redevelopment of the riverbank were unfair to North Rockhampton and stated that both sides of the river should be equally developed.

At Monday night's council meeting, Cr Schwarten said his demands were a minimum of what northsiders deserved.

"Where's the beautification of the northside? Let's hope Queen's Park can be on a standard to what's on the other side of the river,'' he said.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the council was looking at forming a committee of council representatives to address Cr Schwarten's wish list and concerns about the wharf.

She said the committee would work with Project Services to ensure the redevelopment was appropriate.



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