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Mitchell Shire pop-up park feedback sought

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Mitchell Shire Council invites residents to share their thoughts and ideas to help shape the future of Broadford’s Pop-Up Park.

The park is a trial project testing the idea for a future town square – an initiative identified as a priority in the Broadford Structure plan in 2022 based on feedback received from the community.

In November 2023, four parking spaces on Powlett Street were turned into a vibrant, temporary pop-up park.

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The installation provided an opportunity to celebrate Christmas and showcase local skills.

The park displayed a community-led initiative of a Christmas tree made by the Broadford Men’s Shed and decorated by various community groups.

To create a more inviting and comfortable space, the Men’s Shed also built seating made from pallets and added turf and three young local artists created a colourful asphalt art mural on the surrounding road.

Community groups, local businesses and the broader community are encouraged to utilise the park for activities, classes and workshops.

It is perfect for small community gatherings and no booking is needed.

CHATS: Broadford Men’s Shed members meeting at the park recently. ​

Mitchell Shire Council mayor Louise Bannister said council was ‘thrilled’ to see the positive response from the community towards the park.

“This project not only demonstrates our commitment to enhancing public spaces but also highlights the importance of community collaboration in driving meaningful change,” she said.

The park is scheduled to remain in place until the end of May 2024, serving as a communal space in the heart of Broadford, but there is potential for it to remain indefinitely subject to community feedback.

Two community information sessions will be at the park to find out more and provide feedback.

The first is today, March 5 from 2pm to 4pm and then Tuesday, April 2 from 11am to 1pm.

A survey is also available on the Engaging Mitchell website with hard copies available from one of council’s customer and library service centres.

“We believe the park has the potential to become a permanent fixture in our community, but we need your input to make informed decisions,” Cr Bannister said.

“Your feedback will shape the future planning process and ensure the space continues to serve the needs and aspirations of our community.”

Submissions close 5pm Sunday, May 5.

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