Hundreds fight for community park

By Emily Gallagher 

PEACHESTER residents rallied together yesterday to protect their dreams of a community parkland after the land was put up for auction in April.

Members of the community arrived at the park by bike, foot and in some cases paw as the rally kicked off at 3pm on Sunday.

More than 100 residents and local Councillor Rick Baberowski gathered in a show of support for Peachester Park.

The parkland, located on the corner of High St and Peachester-Beerwah Rd, was put up for sale in April with an auction advertised to take place on the May 18.

Local residents were surprised by the announcement after the council had promised the parkland to the community in 2011.

Community spokeswoman Ray Pullham, said the community had been pushing for the park for almost 30 years.

Mrs Pullham with local residents had approached their local members of parliament with the issue, including Andrew Powell.

With the help of the community and MPs the sale of the parkland was put on hold by the minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham.

Dr Lynham said he had taken on community feedback involving the parkland.

“I instructed the department to defer the proposed sale of the freehold property at Peachester,” he said.

Mrs Pullham was grateful to the local MPs who were involved in putting a stay on the sale.

“Mr Powell is a strong ally,” she said.

“When sale sign was taken away we were cautiously optimistic.”

Residents have organised a petition to take to the state government.

“We have a load of petitioners, compared to the electoral role which has roughly 800 people registered, we have over 600 (signatures),” She said.

“It shows we have a significant number of people who want this park.

“We plan to take the petition to the ministers next week,” Mrs Pullham said.



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