Peacocks to battle ibis curse
PEACOCKS will be re-introduced to the Botanic Gardens if Dominic Doblo becomes mayor.
Mr Doblo says the decorative birds would not only enhance the visitor experience, but also drive away the dreaded ibis menace.
"Peacocks are territorial and would scare the ibis off," he said as he announced a regional beautification policy.
He's produced a detailed seven-point plan to make the most of the region's natural environment and encourage greater participation in outdoor activities. Yesterday he enlisted the support of two of the region's best-known gardening experts - divisional candidates Tom Wyatt and Neil Fisher - as he announced his plan to create a new entrance to the Botanic Gardens off Upper Dawson Road opposite Frank Forde Park.
"As you drive into the city, the first impression you get is of neglect and a lack of pride.
"We need to beautify the approach and develop a new entrance to the Botanic Gardens right here at the Yeppen," he said.
Plans already exist, he said, for an entrance close to the highway to include a large parking area for cars and coaches.
"This land is actually part of the gardens, but it has been neglected because there's a Don't Care attitude at the council. But it could be a way to encourage passing tourists to visit what used to be recognised as the best regional gardens in the southern hemisphere."
He said he wanted to restore the gardens' horticultural training reputation and would install a hands-on parks and gardens curator.
Mr Doblo also plans to create a multi-use path linking Kershaw Gardens to the Botanic Gardens and create better community parks by introducing an Adopt a Park program.
"This initiative will encourage pride and personal engagement," he said. And he wants to restore Mount Morgan "to pride of place in the region" by creating a camping ground at the dam, creating a scenic drive and promoting the town's showgrounds as a venue of significance.
"I've got a 10-year vision, but first we have to bring the bureaucrats in line and cherish our assets," he said.