Plans in motion for 'Brisbane's backyard'
Walkabout Creek will see a $2.5 million investment from the Queensland government, according to a June 27 release from the Ministery for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.
As part of the government's Gateway Visitor Centre Master Plan project, Walkabout Creek will undergo a revitalisation as one of three nature-based visitor centres. The plan will attempt to not only improve quality of life for those with residential real estate in the area, but also grow tourism in Queensland.
The first stage of the plan will be creating a recreational facility in the area, an event lawn, canoe launch facilities at Enoggera Reservoir and a family activity trail. It will also establish a nature playscape. All of these projects are set to begin in the 2014-15 financial year.
According to the official website of the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, it will transform Walkabout Creek into a major recreational, natural and adventure-based destination. It will also become a gateway to other nearby national parks experiences.
One such area that it will serve as a gateway to is nearby D'Aguilar National Park, according to Minister for National Parks Steve Dickson.
Master Plan outlines objectives
Among the objectives set out in the plan for the centre is for it to serve as a recognised centre for nature-based recreation and adventure experiences, become an iconic visitor centre and also reflect the values of sustainability, with all activities and offerings at the site imbued with environmental education.
Along with the experience already set to take place at the centre, a zip line and ropes course are planned, along with picnic areas and a junior mountain bike riding skills park. The master plan also outlines the government's hope to add guided trails and opportunities for camping.
"The master plan will give Brisbane and its visitors massive opportunities for being active and having fun, all on their doorstep," commented Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) Executive Officer Murray Stewart on June 27.
It will not simply give Queenslanders added recreational opportunities, however. Enhanced and added amenities could also raise the value of property in the area, which could make buying land around Brisbane a higher priority.
It also has "the potential to attract commercial partners and provide multiple new and diverse revenue streams", according to the plan.
Area due for revitalistion
The visitor centre was originally built in 1979, making its infrastructure nearly 35 years old and due for an upgrade. Accessibility and visitor appeal will both be boosted thanks to the planned renovations, lifting the centre's profile in the public eye.
The centre has long deserved improvements, says the report, being a prime piece of rural real estate only 12km from the Brisbane CBD.