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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010

Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010

Contents 1.0

Executive Summary 1.1 Background 1.2 Key Findings 1.3 Recommendations

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Situational Analysis

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2.1 Objectives & Methodology

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2.2 Document Review

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2.3 Myall Creek Today

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Master Plan

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Consultation

3.2 Master Plan

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3.3 Capital Cost & Implementation

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Management and Funding

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4.1 Management Structure

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QGC’s Sustainable Communities Programme is focused on ensuring communities benefit from our presence. QGC works with stakeholders to create and deliver opportunities that enhance the liveability and sustainability of regions in which we operate. QGC proudly supported the development of the Myall Creek Master Plan. For information about QGC visit www.qgc.com.au

Disclaimer This document has been prepared by Leisure Futures and Fulton Trotter from information provided by the client and from other sources. Our procedures do not necessarily include confirmation or validation procedures of that information, and this document is provided to the client for its exclusive use and benefit only. No other party should rely on it for inferences or forecasts made therein. Leisure Futures and Fulton Trotter accept no responsibility to such parties.

Attachments 1: Capital Cost Estimates 2: Concept Presentation

In addition, as this report contains recommendations, projections and projected outcomes that can be affected by unforeseen variables, no guarantee, express or implied, is given that the projections and projected outcomes herein will be achieved and no responsibility can be accepted by Leisure Futures and Fulton Trotter for eventual outcomes.

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Executive Summary Figure 1: Myall Creek

1.1 Background As one of the oldest recreational areas in the Town of Dalby Myall Creek has provided recreation opportunities for the community for over 50 years. In recent years, it became apparent that Myall Creek has the potential to be further enhanced and in doing so become a major focal point within the town. In January 2010 sport, leisure and recreation planners Leisure Futures and Fulton Trotter Architects were commissioned by Dalby Welcoming Community Group to develop a master plan over Myall Creek and set a course for its future. The Integrated Plan portrays how Myall Creek can realistically be managed and how growth in public access can be facilitated in a 5 to 10 year timeframe to maintain the natural habitat resources of Myall Creek while providing the quality outdoor recreation experience sought by community users. 1.2 Findings Situated 211 kilometres north-west of Brisbane the Town of Dalby has a current population of approximately 12,000 people. Myall Creek extends through the town and into the Condamine River, which is part of the Condamine/Balonne River System (Condamine Catchment). This catchment area accounts for approximately 14% of the Murray Darling Basin area (McCosker, 1996) and is situated at the headwaters of the Murray Darling River System1. It is acknowledged that Myall Creek represents a valuable asset to the town in terms of its recreation, tourism and aesthetic values. As a result it is important that the use of the creek in terms of recreation and tourism should be encouraged. In doing so however, it is important that this be done in a sustainable manner in order to maintain and wherever possible enhance the health of the natural environment. Many of the environmental values of Myall Creek are degraded, and through continuing work within the recommendations outlined within the Myall Creek Conservation and Management Source 1: Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan 2001

Plan 2001 continued efforts should be made to restore these values. The master planning and consultation process identified that opportunities exist to:  Greatly enhance the integration and connectivity of Myall Creek with both the central retail and commercial area and the Town of Dalby as a whole  Create and maintain passive and active environments through creating specific city, country and natural zones  Expand the recreational path system both upstream and downstream creating a looped 5 kilometre circuit  Introduce new and upgrade existing infrastructure and signage creating uniformity and quality  Establish new recreational experiences such as a children’s playground, exercise stations and junior / BMX skate park  Stage the development of Myall Creek through high / medium and low priority infrastructure development over a period of 3-5 years Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Quantity surveyor capital development costs have been estimated at: Figure 2: Capital Cost Estimates

Stage One

Priority High

Cost $901,000

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$1,191,000

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$273,000

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1.3 Recommendations It is recommended that Western Downs Regional Council working in association with key stakeholders:

1 Undertake the staged development of Myall Creek in line with the Master Plan and potential funding opportunities through State and Federal Government programs

2 Continue to reference, undertake development and management initiatives outlined in the 2001 the Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan. Proposed works are to be designed in a way that is architecturally and operationally sympathetic to the natural environment, and does not conflict with the natural values.

3 Complete the staged development of Myall Creek over a 2-5 year timeline 4 Develop additional linked pathways and cycle paths that integrate with the Myall Creek Master Plan

5 It is recommended that future planning schemes look at potential opportunities for commercial and residential development to be developed with an ‘outlook’ to the Creek Page

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Situational Analysis

2.1 Objectives and Methodology The key project objective is to ‘produce a detailed Master Plan and report for Myall Creek that contains practical guidelines and recommendations for immediate and long term implementation and management in line with community vision. The Master Plan will maximise opportunities for community participation in physical activity and recreation and in a sustainable manner’. The potential exists for master planning to influence the opportunities for people to participate in sports and physical activity to promote public health and well being. Recent trends indicate rising levels of obesity and a potential lowering of life expectancy as a result of poor diet and sedentary lifestyles. Through an analysis of the current health agenda, urban design principles and good practice the term Active Design has been adopted to describe the extent to which master planning can promote healthy environments through creating the conditions for participation in sport and physical activity and the use of active modes of travel (such as walking and cycling). Three Active Design objectives were the key principles in our planning:

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Improving Accessibility: providing easy, safe and convenient access to a choice of opportunities for participating in structured and non structured physical activity and active travel for the whole community.

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Enhancing Amenity: promoting environmental quality in the design and layout of recreational and community facilities, their links and relationship to other development and the wider public realm.

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Increasing Awareness: raising the prominence and legibility of community and recreation facilities and opportunities for social interaction through the layout of development.

Research Review Strategy Process

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Consultation

Assessment

Figure 3: Project Methodology

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Individual Community Workshops Public Review

Planning Management

The project methodology was broken down and undertaken in the following three distinct processes Assessment – Consultation – Planning Management.

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Needs Feasibility Concept plans Detailed Plan Costing Plan of Management Implementation Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 2.2 Review of Existing Literature

General Management Issues and Recommendations

The following documents were reviewed as part of the master planning process.

Three primary objectives have been outlined within the generic management recommendations. These objectives are to maintain and wherever possible enhance:

Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan

 Ecosystem health

In 2001 Dalby Town Council commissioned Environmental and Infrastructure Planners PPK to undertake the Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan.

 Visual and experiential quality

The report states that Tourism and recreational activities are increasing in popularity along many of regional Queensland’s creeks and rivers and are compounding the already detrimental effects of traditional landuses such as grazing and agriculture. It is acknowledged that Myall Creek represents a valuable asset to the town in terms of its recreation, tourism and aesthetic values. As a result it is important that the use of the creek in terms of recreation and tourism should be encouraged. In doing so however, it is important that this be done in a sustainable manner in order to maintain and wherever possible enhance the health and natural environment. It is important that any strategies or recommendations that are developed for the Creek and adjacent riparian areas integrate its ecological objectives with its recreation, tourism and other usage strategies to ensure that the riparian zone is managed in the best, most ecologically sustainable way possible.

In order to achieve these objectives 5 key issues are considered to require priority attention as they are considered to have the greatest impact In relation to the above mentioned objectives. These key issues are:

 Water quality

9,777  Nature conservation (i.e. vegetation, habitat, fauna, exotic species)  Community awareness, participation, education  Visual amenity  Water quality, sediment and erosion 1,750  Tourism and recreation

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Each ‘key issue’ has a subset of issues identified, a list of primary objectives to mitigate these issues and a list of actions that are recommended to be undertaken.

Objective of the Study The objective of the study was to review the publicly accessible sections of Myall Creek within the Town of Dalby, to enable the riparian zone to be described in terms of its ecology, public amenities and recreational facilities. In addition the major degradative issues associated with the creekline are to be determined and appropriate management recommendations developed.

The Condamine Alliance contracted Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries DPI&F to carry out a fish biodiversity survey of Myall Creek in the vicinity of Dalby in August 2008. The information derived from this survey was used to inform the Condamine River Demonstration Reach Development Plans.

Riparian Management Units – Issues and Action Plans The 2001 Conservation and Management Plan incorporates extensive Action Plans (Conservation and Management Plan. PPK 2001. Section 6, pages 42- 65) that are broken down into Riparian Management Units (RMUs).

The survey comprised six fyke nets, four electrofishing shots and 25 collapsible traps located in Myall Creek between the Edward Street weir and the railway crossing. The survey collected six native and three alien fish species. This compares to a possible 14 native and 3 alien species, based on Lintermans (2007), and 11 native and

Myall Creek Fish Biodiversity Survey 2008

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 three alien species based on extensive DPI&F sampling in a weir pool downstream in the Condamine River. Samples were numerically dominated by bony bream (native), carp gudgeons (native) and eastern gambusia (alien). Carp were the dominant species by biomass (alien). A brief examination of the instream habitat highlights a homogeneous mud substrate, devoid of much leaf litter, with little habitat complexity, typical of weir pools. This absence of substrate heterogeneity could be a significant factor in explaining the low fish biodiversity, although the altered flow regime is probably also a significant factor. A rapid appraisal of the riparian condition indicates a habitat in very poor condition. The level of ground cover is very good, but the level of habitat complexity and native species representation is poor.

ensuring infrastructure and services keep pace with growing demand are key future planning issues for Western Downs Regional Council. The 2009 – 2013 Corporate Plan is a significant document in terms of shaping the future direction of the newly amalgamated region. As a roadmap for the next five years it identifies broad strategic priorities that will drive business plans, annual operational plans and Council budgets. Key extracts from the Corporate Plan that have a direct or indirect bearing on the future development of Myall Creek include: Guiding Principles  Invest in our people  Think regionally - deliver locally

Several indices of biodiversity were calculated, but these do not infer any underlying causal mechanisms, nor suggest any possible management interventions. Rather they should be seen as pre-intervention reference points to which the effect of future interventions can be compared. Western Downs Regional Council Corporate Plan 2009-2013 The Corporate Plan outlines that over the next five years the Western Downs Regional Council will face significant opportunities and challenges as one of Queensland’s fastest growing economies. Underpinned by its agricultural productivity, innovative manufacturing industries, healthy retail sector, abundant natural gas and thermal coal reserves, the Western Downs region is experiencing rapid growth. Within the region a $100 billion energy industry is emerging from the resource rich Surat Basin Energy Province with in excess of 47 projects including open cut mines, coal seam gas operations and numerous power stations scheduled for commissioning by 2013. Managing the social and economic impact of this growth on our communities as well as

People and Communities Ambition: Create an enriched and vibrant social fabric through regular interaction with our people and communities. Development of a community plan that addresses:  Regional Sport and Recreation  Healthy Living Strategies  Regional Cultural Map  Community Support Policies Growth and Opportunity Ambition: Realise opportunities and build capacity for the sustainable growth of our prosperous region.  Commission research, in conjunction with relevant interest groups, on the likely environmental and social impacts of development on the region in terms of infrastructure, services, housing, health and lifestyle Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010  Develop and implement a regional Tourism and Events Plan Planning for liveability Ambition: Build an effective planning solution that enhances the liveability and lifestyle of our regional communities whilst promoting sustainable development.  Protect public space, parks, historic and natural assets, including significant heritage and cultural sites

Our Environment Ambition: Provide a healthy environment for our people today and the generations of tomorrow.  Managing and enhancing the region’s natural character, heritage and values through:

 Develop and implement a Water Futures Plan as a blueprint for ensuring a sustainable urban water supply for the entire region  Ensure sewerage is treated to required environmental standards  Investigate expansion of a reticulated sewerage network

Infrastructure Ambition: Build and maintain civil infrastructure to create safe and liveable communities within our region.  Plan, design and construct regional infrastructure relating to roads, footpaths, bridges, buildings, recreational facilities and associated works.

 Improving environmental water quality in the region’s catchments

 Develop active transport infrastructure for the health and wellbeing of our community including the upgrade and extension of footpath networks in high use areas and the provision of disabled access.

 Enhancing quality habitat for native fauna and flora

 Develop a strategy to enhance Council controlled parks, gardens and cemeteries.

 Identifying the region’s environmental assets

 Identifying and supporting opportunities that sustainably manage and utilise the natural environment  Create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for our community by:  Meeting the current and growing needs of our region through a coordinated and considered approach to services and environmental infrastructure

2.3 Myall Creek Today Myall Creek extends through the centre of Dalby and into the Condamine / Balonne River System (Condamine Catchment). This catchment area accounts for approximately 14% of the Murray Darling Basin area (McCosker, 1996) an is situated at the headwaters of the Murray Darling River System.

 Improving environmental health for the benefit of our people and environment  Maximising waste recovery, ensuring economic efficiency and minimising the impacts of waste

Utility Services Ambition: Manage our water, sewerage and gas networks to achieve reliability, safety and cost effectiveness for our customers.  Educate and engage the community in relation to water conservation, water recycling and water quality initiatives

The Myall Creek catchment to Dalby drains an area of approximately 1375 square kilometres, extending from the Great Dividing Range towards the town of Dalby and the Condamine River . The main branch of the creek rises beneath Mt Mocatta, which is located north of Maclagan, whilst Cain Creek/Spring Creek tributary of the main branch extends eastwards towards Haden. The north branch of Myall Creek rises beneath Mt Mowbullan in the Bunya Mountains. Myall Creek joins the Condamine River just downstream of Loudoun Bridge on the Moonie Highway. The town of Dalby lies in the floodplain of Myall Creek, and although serious flooding is rare, both the town and the surrounding agriculture community suffer extensive damage during major floods. Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 4: Myall Creek Flood Depth Map 2007

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Flood Impact Myall Creek has records of floods dating back to 1908 with 9 major flood events having occurred since this time, the highest being the February 1981 flood which rose to a height of 4.50m on the flood gauge located in Patrick Street. This resulted in some 700 homes and 140 businesses being inundated by floodwaters and some 25,000 ha of agricultural lands suffering moderate to severe flood damage. Both flood depth and hazard maps have been prepared by Dalby Town Council and consideration has been given to future flooding and flood levels during the development of this masterplan. Any filling or works that occur within the flood area must not exacerbate flooding in the catchment

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 5: Myall Creek Flood Hazard Map 2007

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Flood Impact The Hazard Map developed in 2007 identifies the potential flood level hazard areas as extreme, high, medium and low. As depicted in the map these areas have then been colour coded.

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 6: Myall Creek Current Infrastructure

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Over the past 40 years varied recreational infrastructure has been introduced around Myall Creek. The infrastructure in a number of instances is now dated both in its appearance and practicality.

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3.1 Consultation Throughout the master planning process the stakeholder consultation took place through individual meetings and a public forum. The key results of this consultation are as follows. Dalby Welcoming Community Group Dalby Welcoming Community Group (DWCG) is a voluntary organisation consisting of residents, business and local government representatives. The purpose of the DWCG is to promote Dalby as a great place to live and work. Members of the DWCG attended the Myall Creek community forum and met with the consultants on an individual basis throughout the project. As project initiators DWCG outlined that:  The requirements for a Master Plan that assessed the future potential of Myall Creek had been identified for several years. The development of a Master Plan would assist Council and Stakeholder groups to access specific development funding  The potential of Myall Creek as a local and regional recreational, tourism and economic asset is still to be realised. Whilst stakeholder groups have worked independently on the maintenance and development of Myall Creek a consolidated prioritised planning approach will further assist stakeholders  It is important that the ‘community’ are given the opportunity to contribute to the planning process through broad consultation Western Downs Regional Council Community and Cultural Development Coordinator Dalby District Manager Environment & Health Parks & Gardens Coordinator Asset Coordinator Consultation with Western Downs Regional Council officers identified the following:

 In relation to the development of new infrastructure, flood levels and intensity should be considered. Flood cleanup of infrastructure should also be a planning consideration  The 2001 Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan should be referenced as part of the master planning process particularly the implementation and management components of the plan  Planning and future development of the creek should retain ‘natural’ nature based components as well as multi use recreational high traffic areas  Cost, funding and prioritised implementation timelines are important  Any new directional or interpretive signage should be aligned with any future town ‘entry signage’  Grounds maintenance should be considered when looking at the development of new pathways etc Friends of Myall Creek Friends of Myall Creek are a volunteer organisation dedicated to the environmental health and well being of Myall Creek and its surrounds. The Friends of Myall Creek have been instrumental in both the development and maintenance of Myall Creek, and whilst small in numbers continue to play an active role in caring for this important natural asset. Representatives from the Friends of Myall were consulted on an individual basis and were also present at the Myall Creek community forum. Key factors identified were:  The principal concern of Friends of Myall Creek is that environmental issues identified in the 2001 Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan prepared by PPK Environment & Infrastructure need to be rectified before further facilities are added to the creek banks.  The importance of Myall Creek as a natural system is vital asset is critical to its long term sustainability, and whilst opportunities exist to deliver a greater recreational experience for the community, future development should work in harmony with the natural habitat created and not against it. Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010  As volunteers, the Friends of Myall Creek are limited in the impact that they can have on the management of the creek, and they believe that opportunities exist for stakeholders and the community to play a greater role in the future development, management and recognition of the creek as a major natural Dalby and regional asset  The Friends of Myall Creek support the development of any planning framework that can assist with the future management and development of Myall Creek Condamine Alliance Condamine Alliance is the designated regional body responsible for enabling the community to achieve sustainable natural resource management (NRM) in the Condamine River catchment, at the head of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Alliance is accredited by the Australian and Queensland governments to plan, fund and implement NRM programs under the Natural Resource Management Plan for the Condamine River Catchment. Over the past several years the Condamine Alliance have undertaken or assisted with the funding of several projects associated with Myall Creek. The Alliance fully support the development of a Master Plan and believe that the development of an integrated planning approach will assist all stakeholders to deliver future enhancements to the existing asset. Condamine alliance discussed issues relating to the fish population within the creek and the potential issues associated with the weeping willows that are currently present within the creek.

Dalby Chamber of Commerce The Dalby Chamber of Commerce have recognised the potential cultural, social and economic value that the revitalisation of Myall Creek can create. Discussions with the Chamber have identified the potential to actively incorporate the creek into the central retail precinct. Additional economic benefits through the creation of a RV Park and future retail opportunities were also identified. The Chamber of Commerce fully support

the development of the Master Plan and the future development of Myall Creek as an integrated part of Dalby’s retail and commercial heart. Community Presentation Following public advertising through the local media and stakeholder invitations a community meeting was held in Dalby on the 3rd March 2010. Leisure Futures and Fulton Trotter presented the initial concept plans for the potential future development of Myall Creek. The community presentation and subsequent discussion was attended by approximately 50 residents, business operators and direct stakeholders. A significant number of Western Downs Councillors were present including Cr Ray Brown, Cr Charlene Hall, Cr Ray Jamieson, Cr George Moore, Cr Bill McCutcheon, Cr Andrew Smith, Cr Ian Staines, Cr Carolyn Tillman. Representatives from Dalby Welcoming Community Group, Friends of Myall Creek and the Condamine Alliance were also present at the meeting. Following the presentation (Attachment 2) by Paul Hemmings and Paul Trotter the meeting was opened up for comments from the floor. In general terms the concept plan was accepted by all present as an innovative and well balanced approach for the future development of Myall Creek. The establishment of City, Country and Natural precincts were very well supported.

Specific Points Raised  The bat population: The creek bat population was discussed in relation to impacts on the development. No specific outcome or direction was established. Specific research into the impacts of this colony and any future development fall outside of the consulting brief Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010  Potential to maintain water levels downstream from the weir, with canoe access was discussed. Condamine Alliance stated that this would be impractical for a number of reasons  A concern was raised in relation to having wider pathways. It was felt that this could cause an issue for pedestrians and other users such as skate boarders and cyclists  Dalby Golf Club: In general terms it was felt that opportunities existed to work with the golf club to create a linkable circuit on golf course land adjacent to the creek. Issues in relation to injury liability for the club were identified as primary concerns  Potential to duplicate pathways on higher ground  Bird watching areas are an important aspect  Flood awareness in relation to any infrastructure such as exercise stations etc  Existing pathways have piers in them as part of the construction and thus have survived flood events  Skate Park (BMX) multipurpose facility should be considered  Children’s playground should be considered for the City precinct  Consideration should be given to creating a ‘grassed amphitheatre’ within the plan

3.2 Master Plan Introduction The following specific methodology was undertaken in the development of the planning and spacial design aspects of the Myall Creek Master Plan:

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Document review: Undertake a review of all relevant planning documentation and reports Consultation: Review: of initial stakeholder consultation and needs analysis Site Inspection: Undertake a site inspection and current infrastructure review

Concept Development: Development of outline conceptual master plan and rational Concept Presentation: Presentation of outline concepts and rational to client / stakeholders / community Concept Revision: Revise outline concepts in line with presentation feedback Capital Costing: Scope capital costing requirements for Quantity Surveyor and obtain capital costings Consolidate Data: Consolidate masterplan information and graphics and capital costs into report formatting. Present as component of draft report for review. Revise draft as required for final document

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 After initial stakeholder meetings upon our first analysis of Myall Creek, it was apparent that ideas for improving the area and expanding the range of activities available will be an integral part of the new master plan, but also maintaining its natural ‘green’ aesthetics. Myall Creek is a unique ‘green’ creek corridor which passes through the extremities and centre of Dalby. It is an area of high biological diversity, which the community is adamant in endeavoring to preserve and protect, but also promote and enhance, because it makes a significant contribution to Dalby’s economy and is essential to Dalby’s identity and culture. Although redevelopment is well favoured, the people of Dalby strongly believe it is important for Myall Creek to remain a ‘Green Corridor’ to protect ecological processes and natural systems for present and future generations. At present the natural beauty of this area has yet to be capitalized on significantly by the town of Dalby, turning this area into a vibrant park environment with recreation and civic pursuits, and providing Dalby with a strong identity and a vibrant heart. The spaces around the creek need to be significantly upgraded and pedestrian access improved. At present the creek area is not well defined and there are many ‘left-over’ type spaces that have a low amenity at present. Unfortunately, the new shopping centre in town has a very poor relationship to the creek with service areas and car-parks impacting upon the visual appeal of Myall Creek. Also, the flat area between the Pool complex and the creek is poorly paved and lacks amenity. This is a pity given the good pedestrian access and pathway that run along the creek and the well landscaped banks. Much work is required to improve the special qualities of this and to improve the transition between the park / creek environment and the built environment. By improving the image and attractiveness of Myall Creek and creating opportunities for recreation and civic pursuits, the community hopes that it will become a ‘feature’ of Dalby, making it a ‘great natural asset’ that will further develop Dalby as a welcoming community and attract tourism and skilled workers to the area.

The Purpose of this report will be to provide ideas for Council to explore the redevelopment of a Myall Creek reserve. The report attempts to articulate the importance of such facilities and the role they could have in the overall development of Dalby as a leading rural town. The Concept At Fulton Trotter Architects (FTA), many ideas and suggestions were discussed, and major key concepts were determined as part of our design interpretation for the potential future development of Myall Creek. They included zoning, including themes within zones, and design priorities / staging. FTA has considered themes to repeat throughout the proposed zones of Myall Creek, to help convey the distinct changes from zone to zone. The distinctive changes of zones are announced with the use of signage and graphics, lighting intensity, changes in pathway design and edge treatment of the creek’s buffer zone. Proposed Zoning The idea of ‘Zoning’ is a strong basis of our design, because it satisfies many ideas of the community and engages many types of activities. It demonstrates a good balance of family, recreational areas and natural, ‘wild’ areas. The zones are to be implemented to capitalize on the creek’s natural attributes, so the whole feel of the town can be transformed and improved. There are three distinct zones: the City, Country and Natural zones. The ‘City’ zone, between Bunya Street and Chubb and Marble Streets, is a very desirable, natural amenity with its relationship to the creek banks, yet still being very close and central to the town centre and Dalby’s new shopping precinct. It is designed to be family orientated, with the intention of creating ‘an outing’ experience for parents to take their children that is different from other towns. Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 It is proposed to be a hub of activity with areas for both Civic and Passive recreational experiences, for example wide paths for bike riding, running, BMX & skate park facilities, areas for picnics, festivals, markets and community events. Improvements should also be made to include new interpretive signage of historical facts and stories, more effective high level lighting so the ‘City’ zone can be used at all times, drinking fountains, rubbish bins and to define the creek edge from the civic and recreational areas by creating a buffer between urban dwellings and leisure, recreational space, similar to ‘The Strand’ in Townsville or the River Torrens in Adelaide. The ‘City’ zone should include parking amenities for RV’s and Caravans with easy access to Myall Creek’s potential facilities. It will encourage more tourism into the area and help promote Myall Creek as an attraction and Dalby, a destination. With more tourism, there are opportunities for potential commercial facilities along Myall Creek, for example cafés and restaurants. On the Civic, Recreational and Commercial front there is a real need for such a consolidated facility within the immediate town environment. In order to consolidate the town’s identity and strength, it is important that these sorts of facilities are located close to the retail precincts and the centre of town, thereby creating a “Place”. This creates an opportunity for the town of Dalby to create a strong identity for tourists and the community alike. At present, with the current major redevelopment of the shopping centre there is a ‘danger’ that the focus of the town remains only to the main street with Myall Creek becoming a ‘back water’ or ‘drain’ which completely overlooks the high amenity of this area of town. New commercial interactions along Myall Creek could increase the dynamics of the town and integrate Myall Creek into the planning and life of the town. The ‘Country’ zones, zone (1) between Bunya Street and Coxen and Moreton Streets, and zone (2) between Chubb and Marble Streets and Winifred Street, flow on from the

‘City’ zone of Myall Creek. They signify areas for sport and recreation. FTA has proposed new exercise stations and fitness circuits which will be identified with new interpretive signage and distance markers. The linkages and loops of the pathways and new lighting with a medium lux level, are intended to help prevent vandalism, because it will bring a constant flow of people through the area. The ‘Natural’ zones, zone (1) between Coxen and Moreton Streets and Cunningham Street, and zone (2) between Winifred Street and Lloyd Street, stream on from the ‘Country’ zones and are the least modified areas as far as new development. This is intentional because the attraction of this natural area is its ‘green’ aesthetics. FTA propose natural paths and boardwalks to loop at each end of the creek, new interpretive signage of the native flora and fauna, mass tree planting to get the community involved in the development and to bring more native species to the area, and no lighting to protect the wildlife at night. New works to the ‘Natural’ zone of Myall Creek should have a minor impact so that it retains its meandering natural character and bush-like qualities. Priorities To enable the community’s vision of a new development of Myall Creek, priority staging may be implemented to achieve its full planning potential. FTA considers the following to be of ‘High’ Priority for the staging of the master plan: The improvement of existing elements first, for example the extension of concrete path networks to the full length of one side of the creek, an upgrade of interpretive signage, lighting and furniture to the ‘City’ zone, additional basic amenities such as drinking fountains, maintenance of existing willow trees, to define the creek edge behind the existing public pool with parking/paving, and to address the existing condition of the Drayton Street underpass, by proposing high intensity lighting displays, sculptural and mural works and a higher level of security to create a desirable, safe area.

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Of ‘Medium’ Priority, FTA purposes the next stage of development to include the extension of secondary path connections both sides of the creek and additional bridges to create loops, an upgrade of signage, lighting and furniture and fitness equipment to the ‘Country’ zone, new structures to the ‘City’ zone, including potential commercial facilities, and to define the Marble Street drop-off area to the shopping centre with sculptural screening and shade structures, designed to address the lack of connection the retail precinct currently demonstrates with the natural area of the creek, and improve the safety aspects as a ‘dropoff’ zone. As part of ‘Low’ Priority, new development should incorporate the replacement of all concrete paths in the ‘City’ zone with 2.5m wide civic paths, and new signage and mass community planting in the ‘Natural’ zone. Additional detailed flood impact consideration should be given to new infrastructure especially bridges. Pathway/accesses must incorporate disability access requirements.

Master Plans

1 Figure 7: Consolidated master plan - Page 18 All aspects of the Myall Creek development are identified on this plan. The plan shows specific zones and facilities. The plan also identifies distance markers

2 Figure 8: City Zone master plan - Page 19 City Zone showing facility graphics.

3 Figure 9: Country Zone master plan - Page 20 Country Zone showing facility graphics

4 Figure 10: Natural Zone master plan - Page 21 Natural Zone showing facility graphics

5 Figure 11: Path network distance markers - Page 22 Conclusion The excellent and desirable natural amenity of the Myall Creek Park Precinct could provide a valuable contribution to the character of the town and be a wonderful ‘break out’ space adjacent to the retail heart of the town. This would improve the lifestyle for the community and tourists by focusing on Myall Creek with improved landscaping and furniture, good direct street and pedestrian access and linkages, and with the casual surveillance provided by potential opportunities for commercial and cultural facilities. Such an approach should emphasize the importance of Dalby as a major rural centre.

Myall Creek path network showing distance markers at approximately 500m intervals

6 Figure 12: Path network implementation - Page 25 Path Network priority staging

7 Figure 13: Path lighting implementation - Page 26 Path lighting priority staging

8 Figure 14: Stage one implementation - Page 27 9 Figure 15: Stage two implementation - Page 28 10 Figure 16: Stage three implementation - Page 29

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Figure 7: Consolidated Master Plan

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Figure 8: City Zone (Between Bunya St and Chubb St)

September 2010 Footpath/Boardwalk Railing Upgrade Council are planning Upgrade Park the development of a Furniture Bridge Lighting and

Drinking Fountain

Upgrade Park Furniture

New Toilet Amenities

footpath/boardwalk under the Drayton Street bridge

New/Upgrade Bridge Links

Drinking Fountain

New Picnic BBQ Facilities Playground

New Toilet Amenities

New Shade Structure

New/Upgrade Bridge Links

Interpretive sign

Interpretive sign New 2.5M wide paths in city zone Drinking Fountain

Interpretive sign Underpass upgrade

Bridge Lighting and

The existing toilet amenities have a public art mural that may wish to be retained with the development or refurbishment of the facilities

Area Entry Statement

Railing Upgrade Upgrade Park Furniture

Stage Civic Space

RV Parking Area

Drinking Fountain

Upgrade Park Furniture Interpretive sign

Upgrade Park Furniture Junior Skate Park

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 9: Country Zone (Between Moreton St and Bunya St) and (Eileen St and Winifred St)

Upgrade Park Furniture

Exercise Station

September 2010 Upgrade boat ramp

Upgrade Park Furniture

Drinking Fountain

Exercise Station

Upgrade Park Furniture

Upgrade Park Furniture New/Upgrade Bridge Links

New 1.5M wide paths in country zone

New/Upgrade Bridge Links

Drinking Fountain Upgrade Park Furniture

Exercise Station Exercise Station Drinking Fountain

Interpretive sign

New 1.5M wide paths in country zone

Upgrade Park Furniture

Exercise Station

New/Upgrade Bridge Links

Exercise Station

Exercise Station

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Myall Creek Master Plan Upgrade Park Furniture

New 1.5M wide paths in natural zone

Interpretive sign

September 2010

Upgrade Park Furniture

Figure 10: Natural Zone (Between Curtis St and Coxen St) and (Winfred St and Lloyd St)

New 1.5M wide paths in natural zone

Interpretive sign

Upgrade Park Furniture

Drinking Fountain

New/Upgrade Bridge Links

Interpretive sign

New/Upgrade Bridge Links Upgrade Park Furniture

Upgrade Park Furniture Interpretive sign

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 11: Myall Creek path network distance markers

September 2010

3.0k

1.5k 2.0k

3.5k

2.5k 4.0k 500m 5.0k

Start

4.5k 1.0k

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010

3.3 Capital Cost & Implementation Prioritised implantation plan and associated capital cost estimates (see Attachment ?: Rod Johnson and Associates Quantity Surveyors Cost Estimates). Stage One - High Priority Item Description Extend engineered concrete footpaths 1500 wide with footings to one side of the creek Recreational Parking - RVs and Caravans Remade roadway and carparking area Kerbing Bollards Wheel stops Upgrades to Signage, Lighting, Park Furniture/Facilities in City Zone Interpretive signs Post mounted lighting - 1.3km @ 50m centres Picnic table and chairs Park benches BBQs Drinking fountains Picnic shelters Bike racks Small childrens plaground equipment including softfall and shading Bins Existing Bridges Patrick Street bridge - 50m new railing each side Patrick Street bridge - lighting upgrade Drayton Street bridge - 140 - 150m new railing each side Drayton Street bridge - lighting upgrade Drayton Street bridge - improvements to walkway under bridge comprising security camera, cleaning and painting, lighting and audio speakers Drayton Street bridge - BoardwalklPontoon structure under bridge (30m long x 2m wide) Total

Quantity 500

Unit m

Rate $120.00

Amount $60,000

1,000 80.00 20.00 10.00

m2 m No No

$70.00 $75.00 $50.00 $100.00

$70,000 $6,000 $1,000 $1,000

4.00 26.00 5.00 6.00 4.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 1.00 7.00

No No No No No No No No No No

$1,000 $4,807.69 $3,000 $1,000 $10,000 $5,000 $5,000 $1,500 $30,000 $1,214.29

$4,000 $125,000 $15,000 $6,000 $40,000 $10,000 $10,000 $4,500 $30,000 $8,500

Item Item Item Item

$75,000 $30,000 $225,000 $90,000

Item Item

$15,000 $75,000 $901,000 Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Stage Two - Medium Priority Item Description Concrete Footpaths Extend engineered concrete footpath 1500 wide Deco Granite Paths Deco granite paths 1500 wide in Natural Zones Bridges Engineered bridges timber and steel construction approx 15 to 20 m length each Upgrades to Signage, Lighting, Park Furniture and Facilities in Country Zone Interpretive signs 2.2 Kms new medium level lighting Picnic table and chairs Park benches Drinking fountains Fitness stations Bins New Structures to City and Country Zones Toilet block 1- to replace existing - comprising 4 Female, 2 Male with 2 Urinals, 1Disabled Toilet block 2 - 2 PWD unisex Junior skate / BMX park with three main ramps on a base approx 27m x 10m Public entertainment stage Shade Structures - Marble Street

Quantity

Unit

Rate

1,500

m

$120.00

$180,000

1,700

m

$58.82

$100,000

5.00

No

$50,000

$250,000

7.00

$1,000

2.00 2.00 2.00 7.00 5.00

No Item No No No No No

$7,000 $130,000 $6,000 $2,000 $10,000 $30,000 $6,000

1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 50.00

No No No No m

$3,000 $1,000 $5,000 $4,285.71 $1,200

$200,000 $40,000 $30,000 $100,000 $100,000

Total Stage Three - Low Priority

$1,191,000 Quantity

Concrete Footpaths Replace all concrete paths in City Zone with 2.5m wide paths Signage Interpretive signage in Natural zones Park benches

Total

Amount

1,300 9.00 4.00

Unit

Rate

Amount

m

$2000.00

$260,000

No No

$1,000 $1,000

$9,000 $4,000

$273,000 Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 12: Myall Creek path network implementation

Stage Two Medium Priority Deco granite paths 1500 wide in Natural Zones

Stage Two Medium Priority Extend engineered concrete footpaths 1500 wide

Stage Two Medium Priority Deco granite paths 1500 wide in Natural Zones

Stage Two Medium Priority Extend engineered concrete footpaths 1500 wide Stage One High Priority Extend engineered concrete footpaths 1500 wide

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 13: Myall Creek lighting implementation

Stage Two Medium Priority Approximately 1.1 Kms new medium level lighting Stage One High Priority Post mounted high level lighting Approximately 1.3km @ 50m Intervals

Stage Two Medium Priority Approximately 1.1 Kms new medium level lighting

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 14: Stage one implementation

10 New RV Carparking 18 Interpretive signs (City Zone) 8 Picnic table and chairs ( City Zone ) 9 New Children’s Playground 11 Patrick St bridge and Drayton St bridge upgrade 19 Drinking fountains (City Zone) 2 Upgrade park furniture (City Zone)

Stage One High Priority Implementation

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 15: Stage two implementation

5 New bridge links 18 Interpretive signs (Country Zone)

13 Civic stage event area 12 Shade structure

2 Park furniture ( Country Zone ) 15 Exercise stations 19 Drinking fountains (Country Zone) 3 Junior BMX / Skate Park 7

1 New toilet block (City / Country Zone)

Stage Two Medium Priority Implementation

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 16: Stage three implementation

2 Park furniture (Natural Zone) 20 Interpretive signs (Natural Zone)

Stage Three Low Priority Implementation

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 17: Footpath Network

September 2010

Any future pathway or bikeway planning should include the proposed development of Myall Creek as a key component of future network planning.

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Myall Creek Master Plan

4

September 2010

Management

4.1 Management Western Downs Regional Council as landowners will be responsible for the management and future development of Myall Creek. Key stakeholders such as The Friends of Myall Creek and The Condamine Alliance will also play an important role in the future development of Myall Creek.

Primary Managers Western Down Regional Council

Stakeholder Support Friends of Myall Creek Condamine Alliance

Environmental management: The 2001 Conservation and Management Plan incorporates extensive Action Plans (Conservation and Management Plan. PPK 2001. Section 6, pages 42- 65) that are broken down into Riparian Management Units (RMUs). Pages 29-30-31 include a number of key actions identified within the 2001 Conservation and Management Plan. These actions should be reviewed in line with the development of the Myall Creek Master Plan.

The following projects are a high priority under this round: 

New spaces and places for sport and/or recreation participation

Lighting of sport and recreation locations

Outdoor recreation trails and camping facilities

For further information on the funding program, contact your local departmental advisor on 1300 656 191. The funding information package and application forms are available at the Sport and Recreation website - www.sportrec.qld.gov.au/funding.aspx Additional grant and funding information can be sourced through http://www.grantslink.gov.au

Funding opportunities: The Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program provides contributions towards the development or construction of infrastructure for participation in structured and unstructured sport or recreation. Funding is available across 3 categories and is dependent upon the total eligible costs for the project. In the 2010 round funding is only available under Category 1 (Minor). In future rounds, applications will be accepted for all categories. Page

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 18: Recommendations and actions Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan (RMU 1)

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 19: Recommendations and actions Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan (RMU 2)

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 20: Recommendations and actions Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan (RMU 3)

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 21: Recommendations and actions Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan (RMU 4)

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Myall Creek Master Plan Figure 22: Recommendations and actions Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan (RMU 5)

September 2010

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010 Figure 23: Recommendations and actions Myall Creek Conservation and Management Plan (RMU 6)

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010

Appendix 1: Quantity surveyor capital cost estimates

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Myall Creek Master Plan September 2010

Appendix 2: Concept Presentation

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Dalby Myall Creek

Master Plan Presentation March 2010


Zones


The City Zone • N New signage i off hi historical t i l ffacts t & stories. • High level lighting 2.5m 5m • Wide civic paths 2 • Hard buffer edge to creek • Areas A for f Civic Ci i & P Passive i recreation ti • Drinking fountains • Provide more bins RV s • Parking for RV’s


The City Zone

1.

Existing Link

2.

New Link

3.

Dalby State School

4.

Opportunities for potential Commercial facilities

5.

Shopping Centre

7.

Swimming Pool

8.

Tourist Park

9.

New RV Parking behind existing Swimming pool

10. Recreation area

LEGEND

TEXT N 2 2.5 5 wide id civic i i paths th TEXTNew Existing footpaths


The Country Zone • • • • •

New signage N i off recreation ti & sportt Medium level lighting Narrower paths 1.5m Soft buffer edge to creek. Exercise / fitness circuits

• Fishing Fi hi platforms l tf


The Country Zone

1.

Existing Link

2.

New Link

3 3.

Fishing platforms

4.

Exercise stations

LEGEND New footpaths Existing footpaths


Natural zone • N New iinterpretive t ti signage i off local flora/fauna • No lighting • Natural paths / boardwalks to loop at each end of the creek • No buffer • Mass planting • Bird hides • Naturalistic character • Interpretive I t ti walks lk


Natural Zone

1.

Existing Link

2.

New Link

3.

Existing Golf Course

4.

Existing Soccer field

LEGEND New footpaths


HIGH PRIORITY •

Extend concrete paths to full length of one side of creek

Define creek edge behind public pool – parking / paving

Upgrade signage, lighting and furniture to ‘City’ zone.

Installation of drinking fountains

Maintain existing willow trees


HIGH PRIORITY LEGEND Signage/ lighting/ furniture to city zone Existing Link Existing footpath New footpath

Define edge of creek


MEDIUM PRIORITY •

Extend secondary path connections both sides of the creek and g to create loops. p additional bridges

Upgrade signage, lighting, furniture and fitness circuits to ‘Country’ zone.

New structures to ‘City’ zone – potential commercial facilities & shade structures.


LEGEND

MEDIUM PRIORITY

Signage/lighting/furniture g g g g to country y zone Existing link New link Exercise stations Fi hi platforms Fishing l tf Existing footpaths New footpaths

Possible commercial potential

Shade structures


LOW PRIORITY •

Replace all concrete paths in ‘City’ zone with 2.5m wide civic paths.

New signage and mass community planting in the ‘Natural’ zone.


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