Watermelon fun in waterpark
Western Downs Regional Council, Queensland, will use ultra-modern water-saving technology when construction begins on the new Chinchilla Botanic Parklands where Australian megafauna, watermelons and the region’s Indigenous history will be the centrepiece.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said, “We know that water is a precious resource in the Western Downs, so to make sure we’re doing our part the water play area will use ultra-modern technology ensuring no more than the equivalent of a small Chinchilla household’s daily water consumption is used for each day of operation.
“We are looking at this as not just a feature of Chinchilla, but of the whole Western Downs, and one that will draw locals and travellers to enjoy the great liveability of our region.
The park will cover four hectares and provide spaces for fun, learning and events.
“There will be plenty of lawn to kick a ball around and a safe open space for local activities, as well as a major events area.
“We also have plans to incorporate a megafauna discovery space, an Indigenous cultural landscape and even parkour elements for the older kids to enjoy.”
But Mayor McVeigh said the most incredible feature will be the custom designed water play area, celebrating the pink and green fruit Chinchilla is famous for.
“It’s only fitting that we add a splash of watermelons to the parklands, and the water play area will be something our region has never seen before.
“We are confident that by early next year we’ll be able to see the joy and entertainment of local families and visitors cooling off under a giant watermelon bucket.
“Not to mention it’ll bring a whole new feature to the Chinchilla Watermelon Festival in 2019.”
The remainder of the Parklands’ water needs will be serviced by Council’s existing non-potable water source.
The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions Fund in association with Western Downs Regional Council.