Council budget boost to build Gracemere 'social hub'
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council is investing in a growing Gracemere, announcing an extra $600,000 to improve Cedric Archer Park in the 2015-16 budget.
Rockhampton Region Councillor Ellen Smith said the increased investment will ensure local Gracemere residents have a shared space for a broad cross-section of the growing community.
"We've allocated a further $600,000 towards the Cedric Archer Park improvements, making a total allocation of $1.8 million in the next two years, which will see this venue become the major sport and recreation precinct and social hub for Gracemere," Cr Smith said.
"Work is nearly complete on stage one of the highly-anticipated play area, forts and all, and it will officially opened in mid-July.
"Our priority leading into the 2015/16 financial year will be the design and restoration of Touch of Paradise as it is in desperate need of a makeover, so I'm particularly looking forward those works being completed.
"Local residents, visitors and sporting teams all enjoy Cedric Archer Park so this upgrade is vital and the precise investment that a growing community needs."
The money earmarked will add extra facilities to the well-patronised sporting facility, but also ensure broader community use.
Stage one had a budget of $375,000, with the remaining funds allocated towards power reticulation to the site and design works on the skate park.
The design and rectification of Touch of Paradise will commence in the 2015-16 year and be completed in 2016-17 financial year.