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Community invited to have say in new project funding

Daniel Bouwmeester    July 26, 2023    3 min read   

NOTE: Consultation period is now closed.

The Greater Springfield community can now nominate new projects as part of a major funding boost to infrastructure and facilities across South East Queensland (SEQ).

The SEQ Liveability Fund is a pool of $285.8 million committed by all three levels of government under the newly outlined SEQ City Deal.

The earmarked funds will help deliver new and upgraded infrastructure and amenities to the wider SEQ region, including Springfield and surrounds.

Jordan MP Charis Mullen is seeking input from members of the Springfield community via a brief survey, linked below.

“This is a really important opportunity for our communities to see tangible improvements to local parks, sporting club-houses, and environmental spaces,” Ms Mullen said.

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, August 8.

Ipswich City Council will then liaise with Ms Mullen and other state representatives in the nominations process, according to the City Deal.

Charis Mullen MP stands at the Bob Gibbs Oval Club House facade, at Bob Gibbs Park, Springfield.

Upgrades needed

Worn-down basketball hoops across Springfield increasingly show their age.

Ms Mullen said she will advocate for projects based on community submissions.

“It’s equally important that the community is able to provide feedback on the projects they would like to see funded, particularly in older suburbs where Council funding has been lacking for years.”

Ms Mullen described Council owned club-houses as “in need of significant upgrades”.

She also said that new gym equipment in local parks would be a “terrific way to increase participation in sports and recreation in the region.”

Ms Mullen said local environmental projects could also benefit from the SEQ Liveability Fund.

“I have spoken with [residents] who want to see improvements to local parks with more playgrounds and better amenities.”

“The demographics of these suburbs are changing with younger families moving in and they deserve to have a similar standard of liveability as some of our newer suburbs.”

The playground at Langley Park, Camira, is one possible recipient of a newly funded upgrade. All images: Charis Mullen MP.

Results will be announced before next year – with works expected to both begin and end between 2024 and 2027.

The allocation of funds in the multi-million dollar grants program is a joint government initiative.

It is led by the Queensland Government, in partnership with the Australian Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ).

To take part in the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/2MCMRJ5.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.