Parks in Brisbane. Can YOU Walk to the Park?

I’ve mentioned before that we get quite a few free magazines through our letterbox. Well, not actually through the letterbox, they are usually rolled up, wrapped in an elastic band and hurled into the direction of our house.

One such magazine is called bmag and covers all of Brisbane. In it, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman, writes a column. Well not so much a column as a blatant advertisement for his policies and proposals.

Campbell Newman has lots of ideas and visions for Brisbane and this one I like. Any of you who have read my free ebook “20 Reasons Why YOU Should Move to Australia” will know that we have quite a few parks around here. This one is just a few minutes walk from my house…..

Local Parks BrisbaneSure, it’s nothing grand, but it is an open space where kids can play away from the road. It’s got a slide, a climbing frame and a swing, you can just about see them on the left. I’ve probably got four or five parks within 1 km of my house, this is one of the smallest. But I do live out in the sticks, what about those who live close to the city? Do they have parks just up the road?

Well, listen to this from the Lord Mayor, which I have taken directly from bmag and am quoting word for word…

New parks for suburbs

We have over 2000 leafy parks in Brisbane and council is working hard to make the city greener by planting 2 million trees and buying environmental land to save it from development. In the past two years we’ve spent about $50 million on creating new parks and just recently we announced plans for a $29 million super park at Coorparoo.

It’s all part of my vision to make Brisbane Australia’s most sustainable city by 2026, which includes making sure that 95% of people in Brisbane live within 500 metres walking distance of a local park.

Our existing parks have had $30 million worth of upgrades since 2008, including $100,000 worth of works down at New Farm Park and a $125,000 facelift for Russ Hall Park at Salisbury. There is also money in there for new and improved dog off-leash areas for those people with pooches and $43 million in this year’s budget to keep the grass cut and the trees trimmed.”

If that doesn’t make you want to come here to live in Brisbane, I don’t know what would.

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  • Patrick November 19, 2012, 2:58 pm | Link

    Sure will have time. I’m at August 2010 on the blog right now.
    I have the countdown set up. I chose to display seconds only, the number is higher (I expected it even higher than that!), but goes faster too 😛 Just over 20,500,000 seconds left!

    Also wanted to share, I just found a great website for those coming on holiday, either 3/6 months tourist or a working holiday. It’s called Ultimate Oz (http://ultimateoz.com.au/) and they offer arrival packs all around the country. They can arrange the first nights at the hotel, activities, even TFN, a bank account and mobile phone all at a very reasonable price. I’m very tempted…
    They also work with a website to help travellers find jobs, including eligible jobs for a 2nd working holiday visa.

  • Patrick November 18, 2012, 3:17 am | Link

    Wow a park within 500m for everybody? That’s like sci-fi here! 😛 We do have a fair amount of parks but not that much, and not that awesome. Green spaces, maybe one every 3-5 km…

    I’m slowly catching up, I’m reading every post on your blog from the start while waiting for my flight… Only 239 days left! All I can say for now is, that waiting game is not my favorite game, but the result is worth every second.

    Thanks for the info, and I hope I can help gather more once I’m in Rockingham area in WA.

    • BobinOz November 19, 2012, 2:25 pm | Link

      Yes, that’s the target, not sure how close they are to it but I do know there are plenty of parks within walking distance of where I live. 239 days left? You’ll be surprised how quickly that passes, anyway, gives you plenty of time to read my entire website 🙂

      Cheers!

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