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Council approves Mullers Lagoon masterplan

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THE FUTURE of Mullers Lagoon is set for a transformative turn after Whitsunday Regional Council announced the unanimous approval of a staged Masterplan for the enhancement and revitalisation of the area.

Mayor Julie Hall said the approval of the masterplan for Mullers Lagoon was a significant milestone for the Bowen community to upgrade the area, located in central Bowen.

“We are excited about the positive impact this staged masterplan revitalisation will have, as the approved plan encompasses various aspects to ensure the lagoon becomes a vibrant and inclusive hub for both residents and visitors,” she said.

“The masterplan is a collaborative effort between the council, community stakeholders, and urban planning experts to ensure a comprehensive vision for the sustainable development and rejuvenation of Mullers Lagoon.

“Now that the masterplan has been adopted by council, we can budget for the stages to upgrade the 19.5 hectares of beautiful parkland smack bang in the middle of Bowen.”

Mullers Lagoon was man-made many years ago by previous owners of the property and purchased by council for the future development of a botanical garden and bird sanctuary.

The newly adopted masterplan was produced by professional landscape designers, following extensive community consultation, including school visits for a youth perspective.

The revitalisation of Mullers Lagoon, as outlined in the master plan, is proposed to occur in stages over 15 years, with a focus on prioritised elements to ensure functionality and appeal.

Key highlights of the masterplan include ecological sustainability with an emphasis on preserving and enhancing the natural ecosystem of Mullers Lagoon, promoting biodiversity, and ensuring the long-term health of the surrounding environment.

There will be recreational enhancements, including the creation of recreational spaces for families, fitness enthusiasts, and nature lovers. The plan includes walking trails, play areas, and fitness zones to cater to a diverse range of interests.

There will also be cultural and community spaces, with the integration of cultural elements and community spaces to celebrate the rich heritage of Bowen. The plan envisions areas for community events, art installations, and spaces for residents to connect.

Part of the plan includes enhanced infrastructure, with upgrades to existing infrastructure to improve accessibility, safety, and overall visitor experience. This includes improved access, carparking, pathways, seating, and lighting for evening activities.

And, of course, waterfront activation is included, with plans for activating the waterfront areas, including the development of leisure zones, cafes, and spaces for community gatherings along the lagoon’s edge.

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