Out of this world Joe Kirwan Park upgrade to create up to 10 local jobs

Date published: 18 March 2019

The upgrades to Joe Kirwan Park are well underway with the installation of new fitness equipment complete and a basketball court currently being constructed.

This follows Townsville City Council inviting residents to have their say on the concept for the new playground.

The results of the consultation were extremely close but concept one, which included Mars Rover play equipment and a space themed mega deck, has been declared the winner.

Local Councillor Russ Cook said he was happy with the outcome of the community consultation.

“Residents are very passionate about their parks and open spaces – Joe Kirwan Park was in real need of an upgrade,” Cr Cook said.

“Concept one is a great choice, particularly as it offers plenty of shade to protect from our North Queensland sun.

“I’m looking forward to the park becoming a space used even more regularly by families and those who use the space for social sport.”

It is expected 10 jobs will be created over the life of the project which includes new exercise equipment, an upgraded basketball court and the playground revamp.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Works for Queensland was delivering great results for Townsville residents.

“Works for Queensland helps to boost the Townsville economy, while supporting local jobs,” he said.

“The great new facilities being delivered at Joe Kirwan Park are yet another example of why Works for Queensland is such a success.”

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said local families would be big winners from the Joe Kirwan Park Upgrade.

“Upgrading community infrastructure and creating local jobs is what the Works for Queensland program is all about,” he said.

“I’m sure this new playground equipment will be a hit with local kids.”

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said Council is dedicated to improving community spaces and providing top-class infrastructure.

“It’s important for Council to continue upgrading our public parks because it allows the community to best utilise the spaces.

“The construction on these projects also create jobs for locals and supports local businesses.”

The project is funded through the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.