Cloncurry's Florence Clark Park undergoing $2.5 million upgrade
Cloncurry residents will soon be enjoying a new and improved Florence Clark Park thanks to the Cloncurry Shire Council and Glencore.
The upgrades, valued at more than $2.5 million, will transform the civic space to attract more visitors to the area and create a place where the whole community can come together.
The redevelopment incorporates a water park and splash-pad, barbeques, playground, skateable furniture, educational cycle area, civic stage, new lighting, as well as new amenities, water bubblers, seating, wide footpaths and improved green space.
There will also be a series of arbours that will incorporate educational information on Cloncurry's interesting history and key landmarks, with paths and lines of sight directing people through to visit John Flynn Place.
The Mayor of Cloncurry Greg Campbell says the project aims to create a community space in Cloncurry where people can gather to celebrate civic occasions, which is an accessible and comfortable outdoor space for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy across all seasons.
"Florence Clark Park is located in the central business area of Cloncurry, close to shops and the John Flynn museum and is a key community space that helps bring the Shire together," says Greg.
"Currently this space in underutilised and we are hoping this redevelopment inspires people of all ages to enjoy a shady oasis, with diverse facilities that will support active and healthy lifestyles for all ages and abilities."
Glencore's Queensland Metals Chief Operating Officer, Matt O'Neill, says the company targets it support towards initiatives with broad-reaching and long-lasting benefits such as this one.
"This project will transform Florence Clark Park, a central public space in Cloncurry, into a more modern, user-friendly area for locals and visitors alike," says Matt.
"Parks serve so many important functions, including being a focal point and meeting place for civic engagement, providing a great space for families to come and enjoy, attracting tourism as well as helping to foster community pride."
"We conduct a community survey every three years and local residents told us in our 2019 survey that new and improved parks, sport and recreation facilities were their biggest infrastructure priority for Cloncurry."
"We are proud to be able to partner with the Cloncurry Shire Council to help provide significant infrastructure improvements like this upgrade for the local community," Matt says.
The Park is named after Matron Florence Amy Clark, a prominent Cloncurry nurse known for her unwavering commitment and dedication to her patients and the local hospital in the 1940s.