Illich Park Upgrade

Project Snapshot

Illich Park is home of the Townsville Centrals Rugby League Club, and a recreational and sporting hub in Aitkenvale.

Stage 2 of works for flood mitigation and park additions have commenced for the Illich Park upgrade. Construction is expected to wrap-up in mid-2020.

This $6 million upgrade is delivered in partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development’s Community Development Grants Program.

Project Update

In 2019, Council completed the 650-metre drain line along Richard and Rendle Streets as part of the pre-works needed to commence Stage 2 of this project.

The objective of the park upgrade is to make Aitkenvale more resilient by improving storm water management with a 65-megalitre detention basin, but also to cement Illich Park’s reputation as a multi-use community sporting and recreational hub.

As part of this project, Council will:

  • install additional lighting for longer use of playing grounds into the evening
  • install new CCTV for added security to the playground areas
  • construct 32 angle car park bays on Elizabeth Street
  • construct 850 metres of concrete pedestrian pathways to connect community facilities.

A recreation area will also be created and will include the install of:

  • a new shade sail, soft fall, and playground equipment such as amusement net, see-saw and double swing
  • new picnic shelters, seating and electric BBQs
  • a basketball half court, fitness equipment and drinking fountains.

Extensive landscaping will also occur throughout the area of works. The project is expected to support 12 local jobs as well.


Illich Park Factsheet (PDF, 586.0 KB)