Council questions upkeep of gardens
GREEN thumbs on the Central Highlands council bench are seeing red about the state of the barely blooming and dead patches in the centre-strip and sidewalk gardens of the Emerald CBD.
An SMS from MM of Emerald, published in last Friday’s Central Queensland News, criticised the once beautifully manicured area as looking like “overgrown grass”, and called for cattle to be let into Egerton St.
“Me being the resident greenie that I am… the garden beds in Egerton St, they are appalling… he’s got a valid point,” councillor Patti Schwarz said.
“A lot of them are dead, outside Lifeline, Hoopers…there’s dead plants everywhere.”Cr Kerry Hayes said millions of dollars was spent creating the CBD “green” vision and the need for constant maintenance was justified “so aesthetics are at a premium… to make sure those gardens are absolutely luscious all the time”.
“That’s not the case,” countered Cr Schwarz.
Cr Hayes said it was important to keep the garden beds reflecting the same high standard week-in, week-out.
Mayor Peter Maguire said he would refer the matter to the parks and gardens division.
Cr Hayes also revealed his idea for a healthier Emerald, with a loop of walking tracks and exercise activities from the John Gay Bridge to the Rifle Range reserve, Pilot Farm Rd and return.
It was, he argued, the future growth area of the town and deserved a 10-year healthy lifestyles concept plan.
“We’re going to have a lot of road and vehicular traffic, but we haven’t really considered pedestrian activity,” he said.