Mackay Area Council – New basketball court will be a slam dunk for Glenella residents

The Council is installing a full-size basketball court in popular Glenella Park, which will complement work completed on the playground last year.

The project is expected to begin this month and will continue through April 2022, weather permitting. Work will be carried out between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some work scheduled over the weekend.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Northview Park was one of the area’s most popular parks and playgrounds.

“The installation of a new basketball court means there will be something for older and younger age groups,” he said.

“The upgrades also include new lighting for the basketball court, pathways, additional security fencing and landscaping in the area adjacent to the children’s playground.

“We tried to keep as many existing trees as possible. Two trees will need to be removed, but we plan to plant many more shade trees in their place.

The Northview Park Playground will remain operational for the duration of this work. However, there will be some noise and dust during this time.

Restrooms will remain open for most of this project, but access may need to be temporarily restricted to allow construction of the trail connection.

Dawson City MP George Christensen welcomed the start of construction.

“This funding program enables our hard-working local councils to meet some of the many needs in the region to improve the quality of life and also provide jobs for locals,” he said.

“We get the best result for each region because the councils themselves determine the priorities needed, whether it’s renovating local roads, cycle paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, or improve access to public facilities.

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The Board apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this work.

You can visit knowyourburb.com.au to find more parks in your area or call 1300 MACKAY (622 529) to book birthday parties and special events.

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Mackay Regional Council.

Australian Government funding of $305,000 was provided through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. This program helps local councils deliver priority road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elna M. Lemons