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Plan for big park in Milton finalised

Written on the 12th of March 2012

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled the final concept plan for the redevelopment of the former Milton tennis centre and Milton Bowl site that will become a large 3.5 hectare inner city parkland by 2014.

The Lord Mayor said Council had finalised the plan for the site, to remain known as Frew Park, in consultation with the local community.

“I want Brisbane to be Australia’s most liveable city with attractive parks and recreation facilities for residents,” Cr Quirk said.

“Frew Park is not only going to be a huge asset to the local area but for Brisbane as a whole and the final plan is the next step in delivering this important project.”

Local Councillor Peter Matic said he wanted to thank residents for taking the time to submit their suggestions and was looking forward to construction starting next year.

“This park will be a wonderful addition to Brisbane, providing vital inner-city green space which will be shared by the community for generations to come,” Cr Matic said.

“Throughout the planning process, Council received overwhelming feedback and support for the project from the local community and this has helped shape the final plan.”

Cr Matic said some of the ideas included in the plan were the provision of exercise equipment with adequate shade and a large open green space for recreational and sporting activities.

The final concept plan features a car park, play area, open space, six tennis courts and a two-storey structure to provide public amenities and premises to manage the tennis facility.

Council had approximately 150 submissions during the consultation period.

The final concept plan will be used to develop detailed construction drawings once it is finalised later this year.

Detailed designs and construction plans will then be prepared, with construction to start in 2013 and with completion due in 2014. 

The former Milton tennis site came into Council ownership in March last year. The site was purchased for $22 million through Council’s Parkland Acquisition Program.

The name Frew Park is in honour of Mr Robert Dickson Alison Frew who was the President of the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association from 1910 to 1930 and was the ‘driving force’ behind the creation of the Milton Tennis Centre.

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