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…..
Sure, 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.