Draft Kershaw Gardens Concept Master Plan

Reason for the Community Engagement

Kershaw Gardens is a community garden of regional significance and was devastated by TC Marcia in February 2015.

This draft Concept Master Plan seeks to retain many of the park’s iconic features, including native planting, provision of exciting central activity area, new play features and improved pathway connections to the surrounding residential communities.  The final plan will guide Council’s park development work program over future years.  We are still to obtain sufficient funding from State and Federal governments for the immediate works.

Approach

  • Written correspondence with residents within walking distance of Kershaw Gardens (using the boundaries of Musgrave Street, Richardson Road and Glenmore Road), provision of draft map and a hard copy submission form.
  • Residents can complete an online submission form or come to City Hall to complete a hard copy submission form.
  • A shopping mall tour (to discuss face to face with residents): City Centre Plaza – 9am to 5pm – 22 October 2015, Stocklands Shopping Centre – 9am to 5pm – 29 October 2015, Northside Plaza – 9am to 5pm – 12 November 2015.
  • Local schools consultation.
  • Open space meeting with interest groups.
  • Facebook promotion of online survey.
  • Potential focus groups for in depth discussions for specific components of the Master Plan ie playground.
  • Note: residents can call a Council Officer to discuss the Draft Kershaw Gardens Concept Master Plan on 4932 9000. 

Who should be involved

  • The Rockhampton Regional community
  • The Darumbal people
  • Community service groups
  • Local schools
  • Environmental / horticultural interest groups
  • Industry sector groups

Major Findings

  • Significant support for concept, some indicating additional items / considerations

      93% were either positive or requested additional items to be included.

      7% were negative and opposed.

  • Horticultural, Environmental groups wanted some modifications to the flora setting
  • Additional items for consideration (in order of importance):
  1. Shade, shade and more shade
  2. Toilets at various places in the Gardens
  3. Measures to improve security including better lighting
  4. A Café
  5. Further parking – Knight Street Car Park
  •  Playgrounds / Water play was supported but mums concerned with the use of metal.
  • Cost was the main factor for those that didn’t agree with the direction being put forward.

Outcome

THE KERSHAW GARDENS CONCEPT MASTER PLAN

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

THAT Council approves:

1. The priorities for redevelopment of Kershaw Gardens, such that further detailed design can progress; and

2. The continued engagement of Urbis Pty Ltd for the detailed design phases.

Moved by: Councillor Rutherford

Seconded by: Councillor Williams

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY