Media Release: Illich Park flood mitigation, security and lighting upgrade helps residents play safer and longer

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Phillip Thompson OAM, MP
Federal Member for Herbert

Cr Jenny Hill
Mayor of Townsville

Flood mitigation, new CCTV, lighting, playgrounds and pathways will be installed at Illich Park as part of a $6 million upgrade being jointly funded by the Australian Government and Townsville City Council.
 
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he had secured $5-million dollars for the upgrade, following an application by the Townsville City Council.
 
“This is a fantastic initiative to improve the recreation facilities for the local community of Aitkenvale and beyond,” Mr Thompson said.
 
“Illich Park is home of the Townsville Centrals Rugby League Club, and a range of other sporting groups.
 
“New sports field lighting will allow the playing grounds used longer into the evening, while CCTV and further lighting will increase security for playground areas.
 
“This investment will see a vital boost for safety in the precinct, in an area which is prone to issues with crime and anti-social behaviour,” he said.
 
Mr Thompson said new play equipment would also be installed – with plans for a large amusement net, see-saw and double swing.
 
“The existing pedestrian pathway network will be expanded too, with at least 850 metres of 2-metre wide connected paths to be installed.”
 
Park furniture including picnic tables, BBQs and shelters, drinking fountains, as well as new signage will be installed, greatly improving the offering to the community.
 
Townsville City Council will deliver the project and will also contribute $1 million in funding.
 
Mayor Jenny Hill said the primary objective of the upgrade project was the construction of a 65 megalitre water detention basin in the park to assist with flood mitigation in the Aitkenvale area. The detention basin will be fully revegetated.
 
“Construction of the detention basin follows the installation of a 650-metre drainage line along Richard Street and Rendle Street, which was completed earlier this year,” Cr Hill said.
 
“The project is not only about making Aitkenvale more resilient to flooding by improving storm water management in the area but further cementing Illich Park’s reputation as a multi-use community sporting and recreational hub in Aitkenvale.”
 
Cr Hill said Illich Park was the heart of the Aitkenvale community.
 
Federal funding has been delivered under the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development’s Community Development Grants Programme.
 
The project is forecast to be completed in mid-2020 and is expected to support 12 jobs.
 
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